KIOSB D10: Show-and-tell Business Cards

For Day 10 of the Kickin’ It Old School Blog-a-thon I’m participating in throughout the month of December, the prompt is “show-and-tell” just like being back in kindergarten (it doesn’t get much more “old school” than that)! So, today I’m sharing a project I finished creating in the last few months that I’ve also been enjoying “show-and-telling” in person with people since then — my business cards! So, here they are in all their glory, with explanations along the way…

Front and back, all packaged up neatly in their little vellum envelopes. A gift!

Front and back, all packaged up neatly in their little vellum envelopes. A gift!

 

A gift. I think of coaching as a gift — something special to be able to offer to people that can help add a lot of joy, growth, and a sense of completeness and fulfillment to their lives. So, I wanted to capture that same sense in my business card — and do it in a way that would create conversations around the card at the same time. Each card comes folded in a small vellum envelope with a bright shiny penny inside, and I currently print, fold and put together each one by hand — adding to that sense of personal service that I offer in my coaching work. (Now, I may need to switch to having them printed and folded by someone else as I give out more and more of them, but the sentiment and personal service will always remain. Plus, I’ll probably always package them up myself, as there’s just something really sweet in being able to do that personally.)

Clean and simple on the front, with direct contact information only.

Clean and simple on the front, with direct contact information only.
 I want to have personal conversations with people!

 

An investment. The penny has a practical purpose, as it’s there for people to take care of the scratch-off on the back of the card. But, as small as it is, it also stands for the idea that I am making an investment in every client’s — or even potential client’s — life. I think people in general are really amazing, and that life can be really rough on us all, so these cards as a gift and as an investment are just my way of saying, “Hey, here’s a little unconditional encouragement and support to help you through.” I’ve also gotten some fun feedback from people around the idea of it being a “lucky penny” and it being a symbol of money coming to them. (Again, a small token, but with bigger meaning. You never know how the little things will end up meaning a lot to someone.)

Designed to stand up so that people can keep the quote on their desk or nightstand.

Designed to stand up so that people can keep the quote on their desk or nightstand.

 

The scratch-off. It takes a little work sometimes to look inwards and find our inner wisdom. But it’s there in all of us. So, the scratch-off on the back of the card is both a metaphor for life and just a fun way to present people with an inspirational quote that they can then keep around as a reminder. Based on two giant hugs of gratitude that I got last night from a total stranger based on the quote he got, I find that people tend to get the quote (there are about a dozen different ones that I hand selected) that really speaks to them. It’s a little like popping open a fortune cookie to see what’s inside!

All the parts and pieces shown together -- including the inside, where people can jot down reminders of why they're awesome.

All the parts and pieces shown together — including the inside, where people can jot down reminders of why they’re awesome.

 

That inner goodness. The inside part might actually be my favorite, as it’s a reminder to us all that we’re awesome and we should take the time to remember and acknowledge it. I back this sentiment up when I hand out the cards with an offer to fill in the first line for anyone who needs a kickstart, or just a little outside acknowledgment, to get them started. The idea is to write down three things that you like about yourself and then keep the card nearby so you can pull it out as a reminder when you’re feeling that inner critic in your head is getting too darn loud.

So, those are my cards in virtual-sharing form. I really do love sharing them with people, and not just because they’re business cards, but because they’re fun to share and I love giving meaningful gifts. So, if you want one, hit me up! Use the contact form on this site, or email me, to let me know you’d like one (or two, or three) — and be sure to include your mailing address (I won’t use it for anything else, I promise).


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This post is part of a Kickin’ It Old School Blog-a-thon taking place throughout the month of December 2013. Anyone is welcome to join in anytime during the month! And, you can find all of my KIOSB posts hereDay 10/31

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Perfect little treasures Heather – absolutely delightful!

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Thanks, Deborah! Happy to get to share them with all of you.

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This is beautiful! What a lovely, creative idea!

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Wow! Now THAT is a business card indeed!

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WOW Heather! What an AWESOME gift indeed! Very creative – THANKS for sharing.

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Thanks, Dale Anne! Happy to not only share, but also see the cool things each person is sharing today. Such a great idea to do a virtual show-and-tell!

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You’ve put a lot of thought in these business cards. A great idea and very inspiring too.

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Heather your business cards are wonderful. I love all of the thought that you put into creating them. How very fortunate are the people who receive them and get the opportunity to work with you. Thank you so much for sharing your cards and all of the thoughts that go with them.

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These are absolutely gorgeous, Heather. Well done!

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What an amazing business card! Not just presentation, but the WHYs behind it too!

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Really impressed with the cards. What a perfect match for your business. They totally engage people. Wonderful!

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Very creative and neat idea. Thanks for sharing!

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These are such amazing, beautiful, thought-filled little packages!

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I love the concept and the execution, Heather. The idea of it being a gift is great and including the penny is inspired. A very cool show & tell.

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What a fabulous, inspired creation!! I love the scratch off fortune and every single aspect of this idea!

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OMGosh, these are just perfection!!!!! On sooooo many levels! Thank you so much for sharing them with us <3

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