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One Evernote trick that will transform your business networking productivity

30 Nov 2015 | Tips, tools, tricks

Hands up who has a pile of business cards collected from a networking event in a box or a drawer somewhere?

Yes, we tell ourselves we need to ‘make time’ in between meetings and events to follow up but honestly, how often does that actually happen?

What if you could do it all there and then?

A few weeks ago I met Imran Azam at Thinking Digital Manchester. We struck up a conversation over coffee, and he ended up interviewing me for his podcast. He had it recorded, uploaded and live before the first session of the day, which was pretty impressive!

Even more impressive was what he did with my business card. I was so excited I had to get him to share this trick with you.

Here goes…

Picture this; you’re out networking trying to connect with people who are relevant to your profession.  At the end of the evening you’ve made a ton of contacts and a grasp a well earned stack of business cards.  Sounds like the perfect result right?  Well thats only half the story of productive networking.  The other half is about what you do with those precious business cards.  What use is a stack of contacts if they sit around your desk gathering dust?

What if there was a way to scan a business card there and then, create a contact in your address book, send an email with your contact details AND make a Linkedin request all in one go in the time it takes to read this sentence?  Well there is!

In this guest blog post Imran Azam shows you how you can use Evernote to maximise your networking impact.

About Imran Azam

Based in Manchester Imran is the founder of creative social video agency, a digital communications strategist and the Media Director at

Imran also runs ‘The Art of Smartphone Filmmaking’ monthly Meetup where bloggers, brands, agencies, filmmakers and journalists come together to learn how to produce broadcast quality films produced, edited and published solely on a smartphone.

twitter: @moiazam


  1. Liz Pilling

    Brilliant – love tips like this – thanks Grace and Imran 🙂

    • iazam

      Glad you found it useful! 🙂

    • Grace Marshall

      It’s a great tip isn’t it? Pleasure to share.

  2. seesan

    Great…great post with useful information..thanks much

    • iazam


    • Grace Marshall

      You’re very welcome Seesan 🙂

  3. Pete Jakob

    Thanks Grace and Imran. Having been an Evernote user for years I’d totally missed the fact that it is able to process business cards in such an integrated manner. I hope you don’t mind, but I’ve share this post on my weekly newspaper about productivity and marketing –

    • Grace Marshall

      Brilliant Pete, glad it was helpful and absolutely feel free to share 🙂

  4. Matt Cowdroy

    Great video…thanks Grace and Imran. I have a question please….I was wondering if the contacts saved in Evernote can then be sync’d or exported to Google contacts. Thanks Matt

    • iazam

      Hi Matt. Happy new year. Thanks for getting in touch and sorry about the late reply. Yes in Android any Biz card details saved are added to your phones address book (most newish android phones). Hope that helps. Thanks.

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I coach, train, write and speak on productivity. I help people adopt new ways of working and thinking about their work to replace stress, overwhelm and frustration with success, sanity and satisfaction.

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