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Poll: Do you keep up-to-date business cards on hand?
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xxxInterlangue
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I have them... Jan 5, 2010

... but tend to forget them at home, even when I attend professional events.

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Giles Watson  Identity Verified
Italy
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I keep a few in my wallet Jan 5, 2010

In practice, they come in handy when I'm buying stuff from a new supplier and need an invoice. I never remember to take a proper supply to events, either, so there are a few more tucked away in my computer carrying case.

Giles


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Sophie Dzhygir  Identity Verified
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Always Jan 5, 2010

I always have a few in my wallet.
Well, my answer is a bit biaised because at the moment, they are not exactly up to date: I moved house recently, and I am planning to move house at least twice next year, so I'll make new business cards only when I know where I'll be staying in the end.


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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
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other Jan 5, 2010

I don't have any.

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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No Jan 5, 2010

I may have some old, out of date ones on me sometimes. Have been meaning to get some new ones done for over a year now but haven't quite got round to it yet. No pressing need for them anyway.
I'm considering having 2 sets done - one for business purposes and one for personal/social relations, as sometimes the two are not compatible.
But really, with all the technological gunk surrounding us nowadays, aren't printed business cards a sort of throwback to earlier days, like the antimacassar?


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Stéphanie Soudais  Identity Verified
France
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No Jan 5, 2010

I don't use business cards

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xxxInterlangue
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Re Jan 5, 2010

Sophie Dzhygir wrote:

I always have a few in my wallet.
Well, my answer is a bit biaised because at the moment, they are not exactly up to date: I moved house recently, and I am planning to move house at least twice next year, so I'll make new business cards only when I know where I'll be staying in the end.


Mine do not mention my physical/postal address, only emails, phone (landline only), fax and Skype.


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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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I have some Jan 5, 2010

but don't carry them with me, and to be honest I can't remember ever handing one out to a professional contact. I've given them out to save spelling out my address, etc.

I also have some personal cards which are way more useful as they have directions to our house on them.

If somebody wanted more information about my services, I'd probably just suggest that they Google me!


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Oliver Lawrence  Identity Verified
Italy
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No Jan 5, 2010

I assume that probably all interpreters have business cards to hand, but that translators who don't interpret, don't (because of the different working environments).

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Jenn Mercer  Identity Verified
United States
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Yes, definitely Jan 5, 2010

I have hundreds of them and I have been surprised by all the times that they have come in handy.
As an example, I was recently chatting with a fellow parent as our children attended a birthday party. As it turns out, he works for a large NGO and when he found out that I was a French to English translator, he asked if I had a card. I found out later the next week that said NGO had just won a contract with an African francophone country. It may come to nothing, but I am glad that I keep my business cards on me. It is not difficult. I have a small case which I stick in an outer pocket of my purse. I have also put backup stacks in the inner pockets of my winter coat, my laptop case, and my notepad.

The business cards don't cost much (I highly recommend www.vistaprint.com) and after I have them, it becomes a game to distribute them.


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Mariam Osmann
Egypt
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No Jan 5, 2010

I don't have any.

Most frequently contact details requester has an electronic device to record the details quickly on it.
But in other occasions I have my phone number and my e-mail, written on the back of receipt, at the header of the newspaper, in the last page of a student notebook which makes me consider having one.

Mariam


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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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Sounds really handy for a burglar Jan 5, 2010

Mary Worby wrote:

I also have some personal cards which are way more useful as they have directions to our house on them.



One handbag snatch, Mary, and your local burglars will be round to your house clearing it out before you've got there on foot (not having the keys to your car).

Personally, I find my business cards (giving my name, activities, phone no and email) come in very handy. I have obtained new business on several occasions that way - the last time was when I went to buy a new window!

Everyone who runs a business is a potential client; everyone you meet on a personal basis also has (or knows people who have) a professional life - you simply can't tell who could be a potential client. Electronic versions are all well and good but aren't much use at a school fête or in a shop.


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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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... Jan 5, 2010

Sheila Wilson wrote:

Mary Worby wrote:

I also have some personal cards which are way more useful as they have directions to our house on them.



One handbag snatch, Mary, and your local burglars will be round to your house clearing it out before you've got there on foot (not having the keys to your car).



I'm not organised enough to carry around them with me, just take a couple on occasion when I think I might need them. Besides, I always keep my car keys in my pocket in the event of such an eventuality!


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
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No Jan 5, 2010

I used to have business cards, but I don't seem to have any use for them any more. To me, they're kind of like fax machines...outdated. I work at home and never go to networking events, so why would I need a business card? I do everything via e-mail.

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