- Never run
out of business cards or BE WITHOUT a business card unless you
are in the shower!
- They are
a personal reflection of you. Make sure they are never wrinkled,
scribbled upon, with lines crossed out, or splattered from baby
formula or your last meal.
- Use sufficiently
large print so that the information can be read easily. Your name
should be the largest print on the card.
- If one person
asks for a business card, the other should offer his/hers in return.
- Choose high
quality paper and ink with thermography or engraving so that the
printing is raised.
- Never pass
out business cards like you are "dealing cards". Keep
them in a business card case and present them so that the recipient
can read them right side up. It is polite to comment on the card
before putting it away rather than immediately stashing it in
a pocket without looking at it.
- In Asian
cultures, use two hands to give and receive cards, and place your
counterpart's card on the tabletop during a business meeting.
In cultures such as Japan, the exchange of business cards is a
very formal and respectful process, taking a great deal of time.
- If traveling
abroad, have your cards printed on one side in the language of
the country you are visiting.
- Writing notes
about the person who gave you a card is very helpful e.g. the
date you met them, the occasion, and any follow-up. But don't
do this in the presence of that individual, especially when you
are with individuals from other countries.
- When networking,
keep your business card case handy in an easily accessible pocket.
It's too difficult to rummage for cards at a stand-up reception
while you are balancing a plate and beverage glass!
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