Anyone who has been to one of my networking seminars or workshops has heard my rule: “Always have a pen with you.” This is important so that you can write down useful notes from each conversation that you have. It is hard enough to remember names and faces when you meet a variety of people at one event. To remember the topics of conversation that you discussed, the hobbies and interests of your new acquaintances, you’ve got to take notes. I like to write them on the business cards I receive from people I meet. This way when I am transferring the contact info into my computer later on, I also have notes from our conversation handy. Always having a pen with you is a habit that you need to create for yourself.