At HLN11 we soft-launched our Dance Card of Networking, or the HLN Networking Card.
Allow us to explain, and we hope it is not a disappointment - our version does NOT involve dancing.
What is a dance card?
A dance card is a small booklet or card that was historically used in the 19th and early 20th centuries at formal dances. The purpose of a dance card was to help attendees keep track of the names of the people with whom they intended to dance throughout the evening.
Typically, a dance card would list the order of the dances or the musical program for the event. Each dance would have a space next to it where a person could write the name of their chosen dance partner for that particular dance. This allowed individuals to plan their dance partners for the evening and avoid any scheduling conflicts.
Dance cards were especially popular during the Victorian and Edwardian eras and were considered a social custom at formal balls and dances. They have since become symbolic of a bygone era of formal social events.
Fun fact: the phrase "let me pencil you in" comes from the times dance cards were commonly used.
We have used the dance card concept and applied this to networking.
The HLN Networking Card is here: The Order of the Follow-Up Meetings
The HLN Networking Card is to be used during networking events to mark down names of people you meet with whom you would like to arrange follow-up meetings with. It is to encourage you to take the extra mile and keep building relationships after the event.
Follow-up meetings are essential for turning initial connections into meaningful relationships, fostering collaboration, and maximising the benefits of networking events.
This simple idea will help you make the most of your money and time spent on networking.
We will carry on using the HLN Networking Cards while networking in 2024.
We look forward to hearing about your success stories!