Too cool for me or just lousy networkers

Haven't posted in a while, but this topic keeps coming to mind and thought everyone could give me their 2 cents.  I attend a ton of dental trade shows and have run into this situation now 4 times in the past 7 months.


I am calling them the vCard snobs. OK, well that may be a bit strong, but hold on...  unless I am way off base here the way networking is supposed to go down is that you introduce yourself, shake hands and then exchange business cards.


My first vCard experience was in Boston at the Yankee meeting.  I had what I thought was a nice conversation with someone and as usual I hand them my business card.  Why would I do something like that you ask?  To get their business card of course.  I was surprised when I heard something like, "I don't carry business cards anymore."  "I will email you my vCard later."    Yes, the individual was carrying an iPad, but then so was I.  I anticipated his contact information would be forthcoming so I could in turn thank him for the meeting, etc, etc.


This scene replayed again in Chicago, again in Atlanta and again in Anaheim.  Now I am all for doing my part for the environment, but business cards are pretty darn small and you can get them printed on recycled paper. 


Here is my point.  Do you think that one of these people ever sent me their contact information?  Of course not.  So my question is, "Are these people just snobs and don't want me to contact them or are they just lousy networkers??"


Would love to hear your thoughts. 





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Comment by Curtis Barnes on November 8, 2011 at 2:38pm
The same people who were lazy WITH business cards are the same people who are lazy without them. Technology just makes it faster to eliminate these slackers from your data base--use it to your advantage!
Comment by Dental Sales Rep on June 21, 2011 at 8:31pm

funny thing I got a couple of emails and calls from people asking if they were the "offenders".  They were all innocent. 


I am still a big believer in the Thank You card.  I mean a real , in the mail Thank You card.

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