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Lawyers need as much help as they can get in order to stay organized and connected with other people. The amount of technology out there is overwhelming. Lawyers practically need technology to keep up with all the choices.
One pretty popular program application is Evernote. Evernote has been useful to bloggers, researchers, and professionals as a quick and easy repository for online research ideas, URLs, and other information that can easily get lost. But did you know that Evernote can also help you streamline the process of attorney networking? It's true.
The Business Card
The old strategy of networking involved lawyers bringing an inch thick stack of business cards with them to every social function and handing them out to hapless victims. What happened to most of those cards? Recycled. It takes an inordinate amount of time to hand-type all of that contact information into your device. Peoples' laziness would often be the biggest roadblock to re-connection.
Enter Evernote. Once you have your target's business card, use Evernote on your device to take a picture of it. Evernote's Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software will capture text anywhere on the card and organize all of the contacts information by email, phone, etc. No re-typing, done. This means you can have all of your business card information in your device within seconds. You can, of course, still elect to bring home all the cards back home, but why bother when you can get all of their information down at the bar?
An added bonus is Evernote's option to send an email to the contact once you have his or her business card information taken with Evernote. This keeps the lines of communication open. The program also has options to connect via Linkedin so you don't have to spend the time searching for each contact individually.
Evernote's most basic version is free, with other higher versions with greater capabilities available from about $25 per year to about $120 for the best version per year.