What is the most valuable thing in your wallet?
What is the most valuable thing in your wallet?
Guangbiao Chen is a bona fide Chinese business tycoon and purported to be one of the wealthiest men in China. In fact he is trying to get investors to help him purchase the New York Times. Chen has garnered a lot of attention for his unusual business card that proclaims him as “Most Influential Person in China”, “China Moral Leader” and “Most Charismatic Philanthropist of China” to name a few. As a kind of after thought he mentions the fact that he is CEO of Recyclable Material Salvage & Reclamation Corporation from where he derives his wealth.
His card has been declaimed and derided by many as blustering and obnoxious but I think it begs the question: What does your card say about you? How do you want to be perceived? Is he too aggressive? Are you aggressive enough?
Chen obviously has a strong self image. Maybe he goes too far. Maybe some of this is lost in translation. But the truth is most of us do not even try. Food for thought.
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Thanks to my friend Carolyn Howard Johnson who posted this information about How to Create a Google Hover Card on LinkedIn.com today. Rather than just repeat the information I have provided a link here to a very thorough explanation as well as a screen shot showing my new Google Hover Card. I understand that business cards are changing and transitioning but in my opinion it does not negate the need or usefulness of a traditional business card. As entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and small business owners we need to be in the position to transfer or transmit our contact information in whatever way is the most convenient form for our prospective clients or customers. Missing this step means missing a potential opportunity to create a new important business relationship. So do this now and position yourself to “Turn Your Business Card Into Business.”
Here are a few folks I met at a recent business speed networking group in Chicago.
I was inspired by a video comment from Dr. Lititia Wright referencing tribe building in regard to crowd funding. The fallacy regarding crowd funding is that there are bunches of people looking to give away their money to you. When in fact most of your funding will come from your “tribe”. That is your fans who want to support what you are doing plus maybe a few folks who are looking for interesting new products and services they want to get involved with.
Every entrepreneur feels they have the hottest new thing that everyone needs to have. But keep in mind that “sliced bread” became popular because it was difficult to slice nice even pieces by yourself. Pre-sliced bread was revolutionary and it solved a problem. So if you think you have the ‘best thing since sliced bread” ask yourself, “Does this solve a problem for every person or at least every family in the modern civilized world?” If so then you might be on to something. If you are somewhat short of that goal then you need to do some serious tribe building.
Building your tribe begins with networking so build your network and increase your tribe and your sphere of influence.
No one seems sure how this mania began but the walls and ceiling of the Kofuku Station in Hokkaido, Japan are covered with business cards and notes posted by visitors. The collection is so profound that it has become a major tourist attraction in the area. People now travel from far and wide to post their wishes and of course business cards. The station building will be temporarily closed for renovation but the new Japanese “Happiness Station” will continue the tradition by providing a place to post business cards.
Do you think this is Abraham Lincoln’s business card? Would be sweet if it was.
Businessmen and professionals have used business cards for over 200 hundred years so it is quite possible that Abe Lincoln used one to disseminate his contact information as he traveled Illinois as a circuit lawyer.
I think the give away is that Lincoln did not refer to himself as a rail splitter. That was a fabrication of his presidential campaign staff.
So this is clearly a hoax. There is more information at the link below.
Thanks to http://kottke.org/13/02/is-this-really-abraham-lincolns-business-card for sharing .