Yes, there’s a thing called Business Card Etiquette when networking. All it takes one wrong move to jeopardize your professional image – so don’t mess it up. Business cards are the staple for Business success. In this session on Skillopedia, you will learn few tips on what to do for profitable and productive exchange of business cards.
1. Stop Giving Excuses –
Never leave your home or office without your cards and not just few but plenty of them. It is so unprofessional for a business person to say “Oh, I am sorry. I jsut gave out my last card” or “Oh, I didn’t bring any with me”. Remember. business card etiquette dictates that you should be certain to always carry your card anywhere you think there is a small chance that you will be asked for it.
2. Keep your cards safe –
Keep your cards in a business card case or in something that protects them from wear and tear . A crumpled business card make a poor first impression. It is essential for you to know where your business cards are at all times. The person who goes through every jacket and pants pocket or every nook and cranny of a briefcase to find them loses credibility immediately.
3. Do not Distribute –
Do not distribute cards like you would distribute chocolates on your birthday. Just because you are at a business event does not mean you should be passing out business cards like free candy. Hand them out when someone asks you for it. When you meet someone and if you are keen on contacting the other person instead of waiting around for his or her call then you may ask for their card.
4. The way to give out and receive cards –
Give and receive cards with your right hand – the hand of discretion. If you are into customer service or sales you may use both your hands to give out the card respectfully. Give the card so that the person who is receiving it can read it without having it to turn it around. Always make a comment about the card when you receive it – like the logo of it or the business name. This places the value on the card
5. Keep your business cards updated
When any of your contact information changes you should immediately rush to a printer for your new cards to be printed. Do not hand out your business cards on which you have crossed off an old phone number or email and then written the new one. It is considered to be unprofessional.
Knowing the rules of Business card etiquette is just one more way to polish networking. So happy networking people 🙂