Networking - it is worth the time and effort

Time is valuable. Human connections are too.

Networking events can take up a lot of your time. And you never know what you’ll get out of it. It’s almost feels like a gamble while deciding whether or not you should attend that upcoming networking event. However, I’ve discovered that no matter how doubtful I may feel about going, it’s worth the time and effort.

 

Here’s why I think that networking is worth your time and effort.

 

Influence and Inspiration

At a typical networking event, you’ll often have the opportunity to listen to a speaker who has accomplished so much within your industry. You’ll meet others who have more life experience and greater knowledge. They can help fuel your influence and inspiration and provide mentorship. We all know that having a mentor is a must. They can be a great source of encouragement. Inspirational entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey stated, "A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself." We need other people to help guide and uplift us along our personal journey. Mentors can ignite greater inspiration and self-confidence we need to help keep us going.

 

"Surround yourself only with people who are going to take you higher."

 - Oprah Winfrey

 

Windows of opportunities

The best way to open up a window of opportunity is to meet people in person. Despite all the advances in communication technology, human interaction is still the best way to connect with another human being. This of course can lead to genuine conversations and human connection on a higher level. After all, we want to work with people we vibe with and the best way to do that is by face-to-face, body-language reading, energy-absorbing, human interaction. Partnerships, client leads, joint ventures, or even just plain old new-found friendships occurs at networking events all the time.

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Improve your networking skills with these eco-friendly business cards.

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Friendships

As mentioned above, people connect more personally at networking events and friendships can be the result. Networking events shouldn’t be just about getting what you need for your business. That could get boring and unfulfilling. There is so much value when we make a human connection with someone. Getting to know someone who shares your interests and passions in life can have major benefits in improving our lives. Great friends are supportive not just in our careers and business life, they care about our personal well-being and family life too. Imagine meeting someone at a networking who becomes a life-long friend. It happens.

 

Summary

Although we may often feel hesitant to attend another networking event, it’s always worth our time and effort. Learning new things from other people and gaining knowledge, whether it is business-related or for personal development is irreplaceable value in itself. Making those personal connections and meeting people face to face is incomparable to any other way of connecting with someone. See you at the next networking event!


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We, the planet, don’t need business cards anymore

Business cards waste our natural resources

Who uses them anymore? Business cards are such a waste in so many ways – they’re a waste of our time, our money and more critically, our natural resources. Thankfully, a lot of companies are understanding the detrimental effects of paper waste and are making the switch to go with paperless business cards. They’re smart, savvy, and they care about our planet.

 

Some purposeful paper facts:

50% of business waste is composed of paper.

It takes an average of 5 liters of water to produce 1 sheet of A4 paper.

U.S. offices use 12.1 TRILLION sheets of paper per year.

27 million business cards are printed each day in the U.S. alone.

Every tree produces enough oxygen for 3 people to breathe.

3.5/10 trees get chopped down and are processed into pulp for making paper products such as business cards and tissue paper.

700 POUNDS of paper are used by the average U.S. citizen each year.

 

Paper comes from trees

Your paper business card was once one of our earth’s greatest natural resources. After trees are cut down, the paper end product is made up of a mixture of raw materials and connected fibers. Much of these connected fibers are from trees.

Deforestation, which occurs all around the world, is detrimental to our planet and our future. About half of the world’s tropical forests have already been cleared according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. This creates a major impact on global climate change. Less trees on our planet means less absorption of carbon dioxide and more carbon dioxide released into our atmosphere at the same time. Deforestation is a double edged sword when it comes to this type of greenhouse gas.

 

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93% of paper is made from trees

 

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Paper pollution

A lot of companies are going paperless these days, which is not only good for their bottom line, it’s essential for our planet. Most of us are aware of plastic pollution and its effects on our environment. Similarly to paper, it negatively affects our natural environment harming plants, animals, and people. Most of us don’t realize that to produce paper, it takes twice the energy used to produce a plastic bag.

Pulp and paper is the 3rd largest industrial polluters of air, water, and soil. Chlorine-based bleaches are used throughout the production process, which results in toxic, carcinogenic materials seeping into the surrounding soil, water, and air.

But wait, there’s more! That little piece of paper that you hand out and receive at networking events typically end up in the trash can. [88% of business cards are thrown out within one week of being exchanged]. After that, they make their way to a landfill. There, the paper will rot and emit methane, another type of greenhouse gas that is 25x more toxic than CO2.

And since thrown out paper and paperboard make up roughly 26% of solid municipal waste in landfill sites, we know that paper is also a major contributor to making a negative impact on our planet.

 

 

Going paperless with business cards

So what can you do about it, you ask? Good question! Squiqr Business/Pro is your solution. Don’t worry because sharing your professional contact information while maintaining your company branding or even your personal branding is maintained. Squiqr is the alternative to handing out business cards but in a digital, eco-friendly, socially-savvy, earth-saving kind of way!

Not only will you be saving trees, plants and animals and serving our earth’s ecosystem, you’ll also be contributing to reforestation. For every Squiqr Pro card, we plant one tree with the help from our Reforestation Partner, One Tree Planted.

Are you a socially and environmentally conscious person? You don’t need to be in business to try out Squiqr. Anyone can share their contact information with Squiqr’s free version here.

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Improve your networking with eco-friendly business cards

We all know that attending networking events is an essential part of doing business. Whether you’re looking for a job or making new connections, the goal is to stand out and be remembered.

 

Sure, you may have other specific goals set for that next conference but with many other attendees setting similar goals, you really need to show up with something different. Wearing a clown costume, a big red nose, and oversized red clown shoes is an option and would definitely help you stand out, however, it may not be the most appropriate. Unless of course, you were hired to show up as a clown, then that would be totally acceptable.

 

Say no to business cards - go paperless

Another good option is to be attend without traditional paper business cards. Yeah, that’s right. Attend a networking event without business cards. Who needs them anymore? You know, those little pieces of paper that typically get thrown out within one week of being exchanged. 88% of business cards are tossed into the trash within one week. Just stop and imagine what the life of your precious little card with your name, number and other contact info went through just to get dumped into the wastebasket shortly after you give it out to a stranger. So sad.

 

But seriously, unless you’re using 100% recycled paper for your business cards, it took the life of a tree and perhaps even the lives of some animals to make that poor little bastard. Now, it’s just going straight to the paper shredder followed by a landfill where it will decompose and emit methane, a type of greenhouse gas that’s 25 times more toxic than carbon dioxide (CO2).

 

Eco-friendly business cards

Traditional paper business cards are made to give out one’s contact information. But there are other ways to do that in this day and age of technology and eco-friendly options. Having your personalized Squiqr code, which can be scanned by anyone with a smartphone is one savvy, eco-friendly way of sharing your contact info. Simply share your contact info directly from your mobile phone without the need to carry around pieces of paper everywhere you go.

 

See how Squqir works here.

 

Is it worth the harm to our planet?

Most of us don’t think about how that little piece of paper got to what it is (or what it once was). We often just see the end product then try to get rid of it as fast as we can. Pulp and paper is the 3rd largest industrial polluter of water, air and soil. Chlorine-based bleaches are mixed in with raw wood, or pulp, which results in toxic materials being released into our planet’s water, air and soil.

 

With the option of going paperless and using Squiqr for business, you can help make a positive impact on our planet. Consider the fact that it takes more than 3 gallons (about 11 liters) of water to print just one sheet of paper. This can be equivalent to about 10 business cards, which we already know is harmful to our planet from the greenhouse gas emissions it will emit as it rots. That’s a lot of our natural resources that simply go to waste for the short lifespan of those precious little business cards.

 

Contributing to our planet

Squiqr is on a mission to help decrease greenhouse gas emissions while improving the lives of people, plants and animals of our planet. In fact, for every Squiqr Pro business card purchase, we plant one tree. You can help support environmental, economic, and social health of rural communities around the world when you go Squiqr Pro.

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Ran out of business cards? It's time to go Squiqr Pro

Do you have a meeting coming up and realized you’ve ran out of business cards? Are you tired of printing business cards? This problem will never exist again thanks to digital business cards.

 

Have you experienced the following problems with traditional paper business cards?

  1. It’s been awhile since you’ve handed out your business card to anyone.
  2. You print business cards in small quantities.
  3. Since you don’t buy them in large quantities, you pay more per card.
  4. You think you have too many cards but when you need them, you run out.
  5. You continuously travel from town to town with no time to wait for designing and printing.
  6. You wonder if prospects will add you to their phone before they throw it away or lose it.

 

You’re not alone! There are so many people just like you who are frustrated with paper business cards because of their inefficiency. They’re simply outdated and can really add up in costs over time. In this article, I will explain how Squiqr is much more efficient with your valuable time, your hard-earned money, and your worthy peace of mind compared to old school paper-wasting, greenhouse gas emitting business cards.

 

4 Main Reasons to go Squiqr Pro

  1. They’re really convenient
  2. You’ll always have them (and you’ll never have to buy another business card again)
  3. It’s guaranteed to get your contact info straight into their smartphone.
  4. You’ll be making a positive social and environmental impact in our world.

 

Squiqr is more convenient 

Because we’ve experienced the same exact situations we mentioned above, we understand the pain points. It’s just not convenient to carry around business cards anymore. We all have our smartphones, which we never leave the house without. So why not have your business card in the palm of your hand? Yes, in your smartphone! Squiqr Pro is a digital business card stored in your smartphone. Sharing your contact info is easier with a swift scan of your personalized Squiqr code, for free! It’s so convenient that soon, you’ll have the ability to create new layouts or edit your contact info anytime you’re on the go or during your next flight to your upcoming networking event. There won’t be a need to go through the hassle of finding a designer, communicating the right layout, ordering the business cards, and waiting for them to be delivered.

 

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Get your free personalized Squiqr code and share your contact info in a socially savvy way.

 

You’ll never worry about having too many or not enough 

How many business cards do you order every year? Will it be enough? Or will you have too many before you’ll need to change your contact info or switch jobs again? Even if you print too many or too little, you may feel that you’ll never have enough. With Squiqr Pro, won’t have to worry about wasting any or being lost without one. Your digital business card will always be with you anywhere and everywhere you go.

 

Your contact information is stored in their phone, guaranteed

It’s been shown that 88% of people throw away business cards within one week of being exchanged. How certain are you that they’ve stored your contact info before tossing your business card into the trash? Each time you have your Squiqr code scanned, all of your contact info including your name, phone number, email address and address goes directly into the other person’s Contact’s list. Never need to worry about feeling that you’re wasting business cards again.

 

Make a difference in our world

When you choose to go Squiqr Pro, you’ll never waste paper from another thrown out business card again. Ever. Consider how many business cards printed in your organization. Let's estimate your organization has 50 people and each person receives 300 business cards. This equals 15,000 paper cards printed quarterly. From a global perspective, ten billion business cards are printed each year worldwide and eight billion of those will be thrown away within a week. The impact that you and your team can make is much more about just saving trees. Trees absorb a large amount of carbon dioxide while exhaling oxygen. You’re helping to decrease greenhouse gas emissions associated with deforestation and paper waste. In addition, our natural resources used and wasted to make paper creates more harm to our ecosystems killing animals and plant species every single day. This is one major way you can help combat global warming. From a social standpoint, Indigenous people lose their land and life defending their land to logging companies.

 

 

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No matter how big or small your organization is, Squiqr can help you save money, save lives, and save our planet. 

To get started with Squiqr and get your own digital business card, just go to Squiqr Business. There you can add your contact info and upload your current paper business card. Make the switch and go digital. We’ll plant a tree when you do too! You will get personalized Squiqr card sent to your email.


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Why people are wrong about making friends on social media

Do you add new friends on Instagram, Facebook or Linkedin often? Maybe you would add ten per month and some of you may add hundreds per year. But the question is, how many of them became your real friends?

People think Social media will help them connect with people to make more friends. When first meeting new people, most people ask to connect with them on social media and try to become friends. But It could be the wrong way to build a relationship with new people. Research shows that social media addiction makes it harder to keep friends in real life. The survey found that six in ten respondents meet up with friends less frequently, with 55 percent agreeing that social media has made relationships with friends more superficial.

Think about it. Social media does not make you more friends. Human interaction does.

In this article, I will share with you 4 simple ways to help improve your relationships with others after meeting new people.

  1. Start with the basics

    To make networking more meaningful, you need to meet them and interact with them. At networking events, instead of adding people on a social network, consider giving people your basic info. Give your full name and not just your IG handle. Also, give multiple ways to connect with you such as through email, your phone number and your social media profile link.

  2. Share your identity

    Many people don’t really pay attention to your identity. In the past, a professional businessman or businesswoman would hand out their personalized business card to other business professionals. Within their custom business card includes a specific design that can tell the character of that person or show the character of their company. But today most people just give their social media handle. This has a lack of identity and might lead to a superficial relationship. Instead of just sharing your social media handle or sending a link, you might want to try Squiqr contact sharing tools to add your personal touch. It can add a better look and feel and ultimately, a stronger connection with your new contact.

  3. Share regularly

    People say “sharing is caring” within your network of friends when you connect to that person. The stories you share to your network are the values you can give to others. You might share something you discover in your professional life such as tips you came across in your career. It will make your personal brand stronger in your professional networks and create positive effects on all your friends within your social media.

  4. Call regularly

    Most people send a text but when someone calls, it makes you feel special. It’s the same way when you call to talk to them. You’re not just showing that you’re genuinely thinking of them. You’re also making that person feel important and he or she will notice that you give priority to them. You don’t need to call them every single day. It depends on your unique friendship with that person. It can be once a month or once a year. Does it seem like it’s not enough? It depends on how many contacts you have. Let’s say you are able to call one person a day. If you have more than 365 contacts in your list, it will take one year to call everyone on your contact list.

Summary

If you’re thinking that you do not have many meaningful friendships and are tired of superficial relationships or you feel people in your network seem to fade away,  I recommend that you try to perform 4 basic ways of human interaction. It will help you improve your networking and make better, long-lasting relationships.



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Networking over spring break

Networking over spring break may not have even crossed your mind. After all, spring break is all about sun, fun and partying, right? Who would take this time off from school to go off and network?

Many spring breakers choose to go get tan and tipsy down in Cancun. However, others do opt to go get their foot in the door to land a potential job offer. It is an opportune time to start networking with people and establish connections for the future.

Here are a few ideas for networking over spring break. Don’t worry, you can still have the chance to take a break and have some fun.

1) First, consider choosing a destination where you would like to end up working

Although the warm, sandy beaches of Cancun would be a cool place to work, it’s unlikely that you’ll find something you’re looking for. Depending on your career path, you’ll find certain cities that are ideal for your career. For example, if you’re in tech, there are plenty of other booming cities to find a job beyond Silicon valley.

Opportunities, starting salaries and security are definitely things to consider too when researching which city to visit. Fortunately, the job market is looking up right now and there’s opportunities spread all throughout the United States.

Here are the 10 best cities to find a job.

2) Whichever city you plan to visit, look up any events that may be going on

Attending a conference for a day could be all you need to make some contacts and practice your networking skills. At the minimum, you’ll get some exposure to the industry that you’re interested in. This could also help you determine whether your particular career path is right for you. Better to know now than later.

Yes, conferences may be pricey, especially since you’re most likely just a college kid making it out on your own. As an alternative, search for some networking events or even sightseeing tours or groups. A great place to start would be the website, Meetup.com. Here you can search for all kinds of events and groups in different categories. It’s super simple to search by city too. There are plenty of free events, which makes it even better.

3) Reach out to family or friends

Our closest network is our family and friends. Do you have relatives in any cities on your list? Although they may be older and old school, they just might have the right contacts to help you get your foot in the door. And since it’s their hometown, they can guide you on where to start networking with people.

Remember, conferences and events aren’t the only options to make new prospects and meet new people. Places like bars, restaurants, lounges and coffee shops are also great places to network. It's just about knowing the right places and times to go to.

First impressions

No matter where you end up going for spring break, networking with people is always something you should have on your mind. You never know who you’ll meet and you’ll never have a second chance to make a first and purposeful impression.

Be sure to have your Squiqr cards handy for when you make those new contacts!

Happy people connecting and enjoy spring break!



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Share your contact information without typing in any letters or numbers

Share your contact information without having to type a single letter or number

 

Are you someone who likes making new friends? Are you a social butterfly? If so, you probably often give out your name and number to people who gladly save your contact information into their Contacts list.

 

No more typing in name and numbers

How many times have you had to repeat the spelling of your name? Listing your phone number again and again? With Squiqr, this can now be a thing of the past. No more awkward moments of spelling out and re-spelling out your name as your newfound friend fumbles to type in your one of a kind, uniquely spelled out name.

 

Unless you have a simple-spelling name like Joe or May, you may have to repeat your name. Even then, May can be spelled M-A-E. People like being different. Yeah, it really doesn’t take that much longer to spell out names, especially short ones like Joe and Mae. However, auto-correct can be a little annoyance too. Foreign accents can throw us off as well.

 

Digits

Little numbers on keypads and human fingers (especially fat ones) don’t make the best combination for saving someone’s phone number. They’re not exactly a fluidly synced pair like coffee and donuts or gin and tonic. Repeating, backspacing and retyping does take a little extra effort and time. The thought of needing to slim down one’s finger girth can be good thing, however.

 

Problems solved

A swift scan of your Squiqr code is all it takes. With your own personalized Squiqr code, there’s no need to spell out your name and repeat your phone number three times. A squiqr code contains all of that info that you normally say so there’s no need to well, say it. Instead, you can spend that moment of time talking to your newfound friend and getting to know them a little better.

 

In addition, you can also talk about how much smooth’r, smart’r and quiq’r it is to use Squiqr to give our your contact information.

 

Multiple Squiqr cards

The cool thing about Squiqr is that you can create several different Squiqr cards. You can make one that’s more suited for your professional network and one that’s more appropriate for your social network. After all, sharing your Instagram profile with everyone may not be the best idea for some of us.

 

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As a business professional or savvy networker, this is a good way to get your contact information into your new prospect’s phone. At least you’ll know that your name, number, title, phone number and email are saved into their phone. With paper business cards, there’s a high likelihood that your contact info goes straight into the wastebasket.

 

It’s for a good cause

Squiqr is trying to change the way people exchange business cards and their contact information. Since most of the 10 billion business cards printed every year get thrown away within a week of being exchanged, there has to be a better, eco-friendly way to doing this.

 

We hope Squiqr is the force behind the much needed change.

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Get a job fast: Networking Tips for College students

You are a college student and you may be thinking about what you want to be in the future. It means that soon you’re ready to go to the real outside world. But you don’t know many people who will lead you to get a job you love. You know what... It’s never too early to start networking.

From this research show, the average American knows 600 people. You need to expand your connection and relationship outside of your circle of friends and your college. If you’re looking for a job or internship, there are so many opportunities outside but to get there you need to know them.

Build your mindset
Before you start to do anything, the most important thing is your mindset. You have to set your mind right. Make it clear to yourself you want to know more people because of what and you have to be aware of yourself, your age and your experience. Now it’s your time to get to know people and you will talk to them. Get to know them and especially if you know you’re an introvert. Set your mind to know that you will not give up on anything that might happen in a networking event or any of feeling you might have. This will be your first time and everything will not be as smooth as you dream it to be. Just keep making new friends, get to know more people and be positive.

Keep active about networking
You should start by staying informed about your local college clubs and start small in your college. Soon you will find yourself meeting more people outside of your group of friends. It’s a good place to start networking because you will become more comfortable since the students on campus are the same age as you. As a college student, it’s easier to find people interested in the same thing as you.

Friend / Teacher / Professor
You can start asking people around you, including your professor to be the ones who can introduce you to someone new. Do not be afraid to go to talk to your professor or to your friends about the topic you’re interested in. It doesn't necessarily have to be a teacher you know or whom you took a class with. You might get some valuable advice or you might get an introduction to interesting people outside of your network.

Your goal is to make a friend
If your goal is to get a job to be careful don’t do a job search in the networking event. Now you don’t have a wide network. I suggest you focus on the fundamental first. That is, get to know more people. Focus on that and don’t worry about people you talk to. They don’t need interns of unavailable job positions at that moment. But they will keep you in mind and they will let you know when a job becomes available or when they need you.

Offer help
Maybe you might have a chance to talk to the manager or owner of a well-known company in your town. Most people think they have a big title because they’re doing well in their career or because they can do anything and they’re good at everything. This is why they become a manager. But it’s not true. You just have to let them know your skills and your mindset. And offer to help if you have a chance. Managers may be good at management but they may not know about how social networking or how to get Instagram followers. So offer help first, don’t just ask for a job.

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Prepare your profile
While networking with people, the traditional way is to give your business card so people can reach you when they need to. But at this time people don’t just ask for a phone number anymore. People want your e-mail address, your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account and they even might ask about your portfolio website. You should be prepared for this. If you don’t have a business card because you think it’s too serious because you’re a college student or can be any reason you don’t have a business card. This can be good solution for you, squiqr.com offers a free digital business card.

And last but not least. Imagine if someone you want to get a job from them looks at your profile, it will not be good a good impression if they see pictures of you dancing on the table with many shots of tequila. So be careful and be professional.

Summary
Networking is an investment, there will be a lot of benefits when you have to expand your network for the future. And you never know, maybe you’ll make a lot of new good lifelong friends. Start with small groups in your college and keep asking people about the person you want to meet. And don’t forget, the important thing is that a networking event is not a sales exhibition. Offering help and being honest are keys to building a relationship and extending your network.



6 reasons why you should stop using business cards at networking events.

Today no one looks at business cards, so why are you still printing (and wasting) them?

Sometimes people forget, they just do things from habit. This is a checklist for you to see whether or not you have this habit and maybe you realize don’t need to have a paper business card anymore.

You think you have too many business cards from networking events
How many business cards have you collected so far? You have too many and you sometimes feel annoyed when you try to find a specific card, or you tend to have them all over the place - in your cardholder, your wallet and in your backpack. And in the end, you can not find a business card that you need.

You throw every single business card away
Many times you receive business cards from a person at a networking event or after meeting and in the end, you realize your wallet is swelling, and you just throw them away. Most of the time you just use it to type a persons name in your mobile phone.

You use the card because you are tired of name spelling
When you have to go to meet people who speak a different language, many times, especially if you’re a foreigner, it is tiring to spell your name and email address. In the end you just use a paper business card to help you out with this. For the remaining part, you feel is it unnecessary to have it.

You do more than one thing
How many cards do you have to print and carry around with you? People who think like this are freelancers, bloggers, vloggers, music producers, or students who work on part-time jobs and yes, last but not least, business owners. Hobbies such as your music track or vlog which you upload on YouTube every week are also important. You want to promote them and share them with people you know, but you want to separate them out from your business.

You have your smartphone with you all the time
If you think you have your handy devices with you all the time, every day, all day, you never leave home without it, and you already work and communicate with people via mobile device. You are aware that when you receive a business card you will have to add all contact details into your phone, having your phone with you at all times, assures you won’t miss any new networking opportunity.

You are Eco-Conscious
You are living in an Eco lifestyle and you care about our impact on nature. You feel happy every time when using degradable straws and reusable cups. You subconsciously know people will throw away your business card sooner than later. You know your business card will be labeled as trash. You also don’t want to be irresponsible to your environment.

Summary
You see yourself having habits like the five points mentioned above, but you have never considered to stop using paper business cards because people around you are still collecting them. With Squiqr the digital business card, I’m sure you can have a more efficient way in connecting with people, in giving your contact details to people in a smoother, smarter, quicker method without losing your professional look.