10 Networking Tips for People Who Hate Networking

Enhance Your Business Card
Try using an eyecatching color or shape for your business card to help it stand out. iStockphoto/Thinkstock

Is there anything more boring and instantly forgettable than a business card? Now imagine that you walk away from a networking event with a stack of these things. Are you actually going to go to the trouble of scanning each one into your contacts, or saving them in an old-school Rolodex?

Here's another opportunity for introverts to shine. Who says that the only way to share your information with a networking contact is a boring business card? If you are naturally creative, you can dream up a whole world of business card alternatives.

To get your creative juices flowing, check out this gallery of amazing creations. Our favorites are the personal minted coins and the landscape architect card that sprouts tiny trees when wet. Creative cards provide a marvelous conversation starter and leave a lasting impression. Plus, they're better tactic than wearing a T-shirt that reads, "Ask me about my wildly profitable ideas!"

And job hunters, don't let the back of your business card go to waste. Use that space for a mini-resume or a description of the position you are seeking.