Posts Tagged ‘Annotated business cards’

“Looks like crap? It is crap.”

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Posting will be very light until next Monday, as I’ll be in Chicago visiting my high school friend Ryan, who with his wife Monica just had a beautiful baby boy, Gabe. Ryan is the only person I know with both a child and a kegerator, so it should be a good time….

In the meantime, this guy will teach you that, in life, nothing is more important than working 25 years to design a giant, pop-up business card with your face on it. “It doesn’t fit in a Rolodex because it doesn’t belong in a Rolodex”:

“Look at that old dude and his Rolodex go”

Friday, April 17th, 2009

In Working World the book, Sherry writes, “I cannot emphasize enough the value of a carefully annotated record of contacts.” Sherry always encourages job seekers (encourages everyone, in fact) to make an effort not just to collect business cards, but also to note, whether on the back of the card in your old-school Rolodex or in your Outlook contacts list, where and how you met the person and something you talked about with that person, or perhaps an interesting fact you learned about them. Then, when it comes time to call on that person again in the future, you’re armed with information much more powerful than simply, “Uhh, we met once.” Those personal details can go a long way.

This point of Sherry’s was brilliantly illustrated in a subplot of last night’s episode of The Office (the full episode for free on I won’t give away too much if you haven’t already seen it, but in a feud between Michael (at his newly created Michael Scott Paper Company) and his protege Dwight (still at Dunder-Mifflin), Michael uses his carefully annotated and color-coded Rolodex to great effect in trying to pilfer clients from Dwight, prompting Ryan, the young former intern and former corporate hotshot, now washed up with bleached haired, to remark:

Look at that old dude and his Rolodex go.

Hilarious, but with a great point: no matter what level of technology you’re comfortable with (Pam, Michael’s former assistant, follows up to Ryan’s comment with this gem: “I spent a month putting that Rolodex on his Blackberry, which he now uses as a nightlight.”), making notes about the business cards you collect will greatly facilitate using them effectively in the future.