Greetings Divas! We all know the importance of having our business cards accessible at all times…you never know when and where you are going to meet a new contact. I know I’m not the only one who has found herself fumbling through my purse or work bag looking for a business card to hand to someone. And if your purse or work bag is anything like mine, then you know how embarrassing it is to have a potential contact waiting for you to get your act together. I’ve been there, done that, and starred in the straight-to-DVD movie.
Thanks to the awkwardness of these experiences, I’ve invested in a business card holder…several actually, as I like to mix them up a bit. Now, you all know that the Professional Diva is all about being functionally fabulous, so an average business card holder is not my thing. There are, however, certain characteristics that I look for in a holder. In the spirit of sharing, here are a few of those characteristics:
Sturdy – My business card holder must be sturdy, and made of a material that protects my cards from tattering. My business card is a reflection of me, and it is quite anti-sexy to present a raggedy card to a potential contact. I suggest scoring a holder that is made of some sought of metallic material, or of a firm leather material. It should also have some sought of clasp so that it doesn’t come open when I throw it in my purse. Optimum card protection is key!
Compact – My business card holder must be compact, and small enough to fit in the palm of my hand. In essence, it should be small enough to fit in my “club purse”…and we know how small those can be! Anything bigger can be awkward, and I never want to look like the lady that came to the networking event for the sole purpose of handing out her business cards.
Two-Sided – My business card holder ideally should have two sides: one side for my business cards, and one side for the business cards I’ve collected. It’s not a necessity, but it is a real practical way to keep things organized.
Personable – Lastly, my business card holder must be personable. My suggestion to holder seekers id to engrave it…or find one in your favorite color…or by your favorite designer…or get one that is reflective of your business. It may seem like a waste of time to search for a business card holder that reflects your personality, but I honestly think that one’s holder should be an everyday accessory …like a watch or a pair of earrings! And as with every accessory it should be stylish, so find a great one!
That’s all I have for now! Do any of you have a stylish and practical business card holder? If so, send me a picture so that I can use it in a special post I have coming up shortly (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thanks!