How to Have Proper Business Card Etiquette

Have Proper Business Card Etiquette
Have Proper Business Card Etiquette

How to Have Proper Business Card Etiquette. Our business cards represent us. When we offer one to a business associate, we are offering a bit of ourselves. Similarly, when we accept a business card, we're accepting a bit of that individual's identity. Because business cards are so important, it's a good idea to mind our manners when we're giving or getting one.

Have a business card ready at all times. Keep them in a briefcase, wallet, purse, glovebox, gym bag, coat pocket, desk drawer, suitcase and desk top. Practice a business card presentation that conveys ease and confidence.

Offer only crisp, clean, business cards with current and correct information. Throw away damaged, bent or out-of-date cards.

Invest in business cards that reflect the business as well as the desired image. Hire a designer and use a professional printer for the best, most polished look.

Offer a business card only to those who have asked for it. Present the card face up and place it in the hand of the individual.

Offer only one business card at a time to an individual. Leave multiple business cards with an individual only if requested to do so. Request business cards from peers. Wait for individuals of higher position to offer a card.

Accept a business card as though it were a gift. Review the card carefully and ask any questions that come to mind, including pronunciation to avoid a gaff in the future. Thank the party for the card, compliment the card's design or logo, and put it away carefully and thoughtfully in a planner, notebook or business card case.

Take advantage of opportunities for free advertising. Post a business card on bulletin boards dedicated to that purpose. Drop a business card into restaurants' drawings.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't put a business card you've been handed in a purse, pocket, bag or wallet. To do so is a sign of disrespect and a lack of organization.
  • Never hand out cards that have been marked through to update an email, address or phone number. Order new cards when information changes.
  • Don't fold a business card.

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