“What’s your contact info?” asked my new friend, whom I had just met at a PD event this summer. Wishing I had a business card to give her, I resorted to digging into my purse for a pen. Then I tore the corner of a sheet of paper from a spiral notebook in my folder and wrote my name, school, and email address on it. I handed it to her, asking aloud, “Why don’t I have business cards?” She smiled. She didn’t have one either.
I know it’s just a piece of paper, but every other profession utilizes business cards, so why don’t educators have them?
As a non-traditional educator, I didn’t start teaching until age 45. At my various jobs prior to that, my employers always provided me with a business card, whether my title was account executive or designer. In addition, when I wrote freelance, I never considered not having an ample supply of cards. At this point in my life, it feels unprofessional to hold the title of professional certified educator, but not hold the business card in my wallet to prove it.
It seems that I would benefit from a business card for all kinds of situations, including PD conferences, visits with parents, or discussions with anyone in the business community.
What’s your opinion? Take a minute to comment on any or all of these questions, and I’ll update you soon on what I learn.
- Do you have a business card?
- If so, did you procure it yourself or did your district provide it?
- If you procured your own card, which printing company did you use and how much did you spend?
- How has your business card benefitted you?