One of the cool things about this Grand Networking Event is that in addition to an hour of mingling time before the dinner, each attendee sits at 3 different tables and meets the 7 other women business owners at her table. There is a round-robin of self-intros so it’s more than just a card swap.
The question is, what do you do with all those cards, information and notes? Here’s my method:
I sort through the cards and immediately toss (sorry!) the ones selling products/services that aren’t of interest.
I put dates on my calendar to initiate calls with the women I want to spend more time with.
I sent a thank you and a gift to the speaker.
I enter information from business cards and notes I’d taken into my database increasing the resource base I’ve already established.
I look up everyone’s website and assess the maturity of the business: under construction or fully functioning with rich content.
I plan time on my calendar to write thank you notes to the committee chairs for their incredible service to this organization.
And, when those dates appear on my calendar, I honor the commitment I made to myself and dial the number or write the note.