Beyond the Business Card: Three Alternative Tools

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I wish I’d had these “kill the rolodex” tools last weekend when I was meeting people at a conference – I have a bag full of paper business cards to process and respond to. The good news is, I’ll be ready for the next event, however big or small. I just installed BUMP on my iPhone, and I am ready for the upcoming New York Entrepreneur Week conference.

People at this conference were running around with Flip video cameras (and other similar), whipping them out for instant interviews. I did have mine with me, but wasn’t comfortable pulling it out and aiming the lens at people I just met. And to tell the truth, I was equally uncomfortable with the reverse …a couple of people I barely knew wanted to video me making statements for their web sites.

What will work better for me, I think, is recording our conversation using the iPhone’s audio apps, such as Voice Memos or Voice Record. (If you have a better app to suggest, I’d love to hear about it.) I had one fantastic conversation/interview that I wish I’d recorded every second of; at the time, when I suggested video recording, he froze. Not that I blame him. And I didn’t think of the audio record possibility until later. Audio recording is far less intrusive and more likely to capture a normal conversations for the many among us who aren’t natural hams.

What about you? How comfortable are you speaking with someone who places a video camera in your face, versus an audio recorder and perhaps a microphone?

Are You of My Tribe? Friend or Foe-Two Seconds to Make a First Impression

Speaking of networking and conferences, did you know you have only 2 SECONDS to make a good first impression? Check out Olivia Fox Cabane‘s outstanding, high value talk from the Fall 2009 New York Entrepreneur Week. Who is Olivia? “An expert in the fields of charisma, trust, influence and persuasion.” Her focus is on behavioral science. I’ll be reviewing this before my next event (I’m uncomfortable in large groups), and “how to project warmth and affection” rather than the extreme stress that someone told me I was projecting at last weekend’s conference. Watch – I guarantee you’ll love it. And you’ll learn!

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  1. Gary Whitehill
    Posted March 24, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Thank you very much for the support Louise – truly appreciated. Look forward to seeing you in a few short weeks!


  2. Pat and Lorna Shanks
    Posted April 7, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    Audio rather than video… absolutely great idea Louise. If you want great conversations and interviews with people they need to be comfortable.

    So stay within the boundaries of their comfort zone… ask them what they’re ok with, start it up (audio or video) and then sit back and absorb.

    ~ Pat and Lorna

  3. Dr. Erica Goodstone
    Posted April 7, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    I might have two reactions at the same time if someone approached me about a video. I would probably feel both flattered and bothered. Nobody wants to be “sold.” I want to meet and greet and get to know someone before I open up to that person on a video or an audio. But perhaps later during the weekend, if I had already had a few prior contacts, then it might be fun.

  4. Charlotte Howard
    Posted April 8, 2010 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    I would rather an audio for those who I’ve just met. Some may feel nervous about the video being that you’ve just met them. Being relaxed during an interview is important, of course once you get to know them the video would be know problem. Even having them on as a guest on your blog talk radio would be great. Absolutely love your post!



  5. Posted April 8, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for your comment and your thoughts, Charlotte! There’s something just a little nerve-wracking about being captured on video. I used to coach extroverted sales people through video shoots, and our absolute star performer in real life (sales), took us most of a day to video tape, he was so uncomfortable. Most of us relax more quickly than that…fortunately. Thanks again for your kind words!

  6. Posted April 8, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Erica! Maybe we need to have enough time in the other person’s company (whether it’s 30 seconds or a few hours) to trust that we understand their motives and we’re in alignment.

  7. Lesly Federici
    Posted April 8, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    I’d have to say audio. Purely a vanity thing.. LOL!

  8. Posted April 8, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Lesly, Thanks for making me laugh. I’ve been busted!

  9. Kellie Frazier
    Posted April 9, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    I loved the video you shared in this post first of all….fabulous information I’ll use in my next video for sure. I just wrote my last post about it and I’ll use some of your words as well. Thank you by the way! :) I do think there is a time and place for everything and discretion is needed no matter where we are. I like your thought on audio first and perhaps the question of video can come up if they are comfortable, to give them a choice. Thanks Louise! Lesly’s comment was funny and OH SO TRUE for many of us!!

  10. Jacqueline Green
    Posted April 12, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    I agree Louise with the many above who have said that audio first makes sense.

    Thanks for the sharing the riveting video! I will be checking out Olivia Fox Cabane’s site, and I look forward to reading your future blog posts.

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