Business cards seem a little out of date these days. In our digital world, I more often than not now tell people to ‘Find me on LinkedIn’ rather then reach into my bag and locate a probably dog-eared business card. Although, with a name like mine, sometimes it is easier just to hand over something that has all my details printed clearly to avoid the song and dance of spelling my name (‘…no I-B; not I-V….’). So, I had some new cards printed when I started my new job and they are tucked away ready for use at conferences and meetings.

However, there are days that I wish business cards were more reflective of what is going on around me and could be used to explain how I am feeling or even suggest how someone might like to respond to my mood.

Here are some that I have found recently (and a couple of golden oldies) that would be particularly handy.

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This one came across one of my SoMe feeds yesterday and I felt that Ricky Gervais was speaking directly to me. (We’ll workshop the ‘I hear Ricky Gervais speaking to me through the computer issue another time perhaps.) The constant arm-chair complaints from people about anything and everything, just for the sake of complaining is draining. This couldn’t have come at a better time or been more relevant to the crap I have been dealing with recently. Thanks Ricky!

 

Useful for those with ridiculous cure claims (carry a white Sharpie and replace cinnamon as required).

Useful to hand out to those with ridiculous cure claims (carry a white Sharpie and replace cinnamon with whatever else is being recommend as required).

My family is Calabrese, not Sicilian, but the sentiment works nonetheless. This is from one of my all-time favourite movies, 'The Princess Bride'.

My family is Calabrese, not Sicilian, but the sentiment works nonetheless. This is from one of my all-time favourite movies, ‘The Princess Bride’.

 

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For technophobes.

 

A useful card to hand out to people trying to drag me into their mess.

A useful card to hand out to people trying to drag me into their mess.

 

Always good advice!

Always good advice!

 

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For people who insist on sprouting motivational quotes at me, here is a pretty response.

 

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When I am rendered completely speechless (it may happen….), this card explains what I probably need to get moving…

 

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Exasperation in a Gilmore Girls quote.

 

Useful for explaining diabetes in five words.

Useful for explaining diabetes in five words.

And finally, this one has an explicit language warning and as my kid reads my blog (but hopefully won’t click), you’ll have to go to this link for what is fast becoming my favourite saying. (Do not click if offended by the C word – and in this case, I am not talking ‘compliant’.)

 

 

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