No business cards? No problem!

Happy December, friends + followers! The holiday season is in full force which can only mean thing.... time for bucket loads of Holiday Parties and Festive Mixers! Bring on the spiked cider, ugly sweaters, and candy canes. My body is ready. A few weeks ago I kicked off prime networking season with a Digital DUMBO event in Brooklyn for InVision (which, by the way, is a stellar collaboration platform for designers, project managers, and digital entrepreneurs in general). And I did the dumbest thing in my rush to get out the door.... I left all my business cards on my kitchen counter. WHOMP WHOMP WHOMP.

Has that ever happened to you? You put on a fresh face of makeup, done your cutest sweater, pack up your purse, hit the Subway, and somewhere between Grand Central Terminal and Union Square you remember that you left ALL your beautiful, custom printed business cards at home? It's happened to me at least three times.

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So today I’m sharing one simple trick for all you fellow derpcadets out there who will inevitably pull a Nikki and do the same thing for at least one critical event this year. All you'll need for this is a smartphone and the presence of mind to never leave home without it.

Ready? Here it is: Create a contact card for yourself.

Check out mine:

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I’ve included my name, company name, title, phone number, email address, Twitter handle, Facebook biz page name, Skype info, and a quick note to remind the person where we met or why they should give a hoot about me. (P.S. - my free social media guide is almost ready and comes out next Wednesday! Eeeeeeep!)

Once you've created your contact card, simply share it with everyone around you. There are two easy ways to do this, depending on your preference. For more intimate networking, send your contact info directly to a specific person via email, text message, or multimedia message. For more grand-scale networking (i.e. if you are giving a presentation and want to make your contact info available to anyone in the audience with an iPhone), try the nifty AirDrop feature (note: AirDrop is only available for iPhone users).

And that’s it! I can’t believe it took me so long to think of this and I wish I had a time machine to go back to all those events where I sat there manually plugging in all my info into someone else’s phone. Silly.

What are your favorite digital quickfixes? Drop them in the comments below.

Happy holiday networking! xx Nicole