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Business Card Savvy

Remember a hooking point of conversation when networking.

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After you finish talking to someone at a networking event, take a few seconds to jot down pertinent information on the back of their business card. This can be anything from their business's biggest problem to the college their daughter attended-whatever will give you a "hook" to follow up on when you call them later on.

Excerpted from Start Your Own Business: The Only Start-Up Guide You'll Ever Need