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Well, recently I attendeda conference and I met many professionals from different organizations.
And guess what?I was amazed to see the way these people handed out their business cards, so unprofessional.
Well, yes there is something as Business card Etiquette and that’s what we are gonna learnin today’s session, because one wrong move can jeopardize your professional image, sowhy to mess it up.
In this session you will learn some tips to give out your businesscards professionally.
The very first thing that you need to keep in mind, when it comes to business card etiquette is stop giving excuses.
It is so unprofessional when youend up telling the other person that, Ooops! I forgot the card or you end up saying that,it’s gone for printing or that was the last one that I had with me, so unprofessional.
Always make sure to carry your cards before leaving your house or your workplace.
Andnot just few of them plenty of them.
Because business card etiquette dictates you to carryyour cards even when there’s little chance of someone asking you for them.
So make sureto carry your cards always.
The second important point that you need to keep in mind is keep your card safe.
When I say that keep your card safe, it means that you need to protectyour card in all the wear and tear by keeping them in a business card case.
Now imagineif someone gives you a card which is totally crumpled, something like this, okay here ismy card for you, it’s so crumpled.
Is that professional? Definitely not, gives such abad impression.
Would you like to receive a crumpled card? No, so you have to make sureto protect your cards well.
Also you should always know that where are your cards kept,so someone asks you for your card and imagine yourself searching for it in every pocket.
Well, where is the card? Oh is it here? Let me see is it here? That makes no sense; youcan’t have the other person waiting for you, while you are searching for the card.
You should know where you have kept your cards.
And it’s important for you to get a businesscard case and keep your cards safely.
The next thing that you need to keep in mind,when it comes to business card etiquette is do not distribute.
When I say do not distribute,it means that do not distribute your business cards like the way you would distribute sweetson your birthday.
Well, your card has some value.
You cannot distribute it like somebusiness flyer; it’s your professional image that shows on your business card.
So justbecause you are attending a business event, doesn’t mean that you keep giving your cardsto every person that you meet.
That is so unprofessional.
Always give it when you’reasked for, especially when you are having a conversation with a senior.
Let that seniorperson initiate the exchange of cards, so let that senior person ask you for your cardand then you can go ahead and hand it out to him or her.
Now if you are the person,who is interested in contacting the person that you are chatting with, then you can goahead and ask for their cards.
But please do make sure that do not distribute your cards everywhere.
It’s time for the next thing.
The way you give your card and the way youreceive someone’s card.
So someone asks you for a card at a business event, how wouldyou give the card? You use your right hand.
The hand of discretion.
Now someone is askingfor the card, this is the way you will give him or her your card with your right hand,so this is my card for you.
Now there’s another way of giving out the card.
You canuse both your hands.
In order to show respect or if you are giving out your card to a seniorperson then you can use both your hands to give the card.
Something like this, here’smy card for you.
I’m using both my hands, so either you can use your right hand or youcan use both your hands in order to show respect, when you are giving your business card.
Anotherthing that you need to make a note of is when you are giving your card make sure to giveit in such a way that the person who’s receiving it, doesn’t have to turn it around to readit.
And then if you are the one who is receiving someone’s card, compliment have a look atthe logo or maybe the business name if it’s really catchy.
You can compliment by saying,Hey that’s a nice card or what a nice logo you have, so this is the way you will giveand receive a business cards.
The last tip that I have for you of business card etiquette is to keep your card simple and updated.
Now when I say to keep your card simple, it doesn’tmean that you have to keep it very simple.
It just has to look professional.
You cannotend up having glossy cards or glittery cards, unless you’re representing a disco tech.
Also the font size of your card should be just perfect, very readable.
Do not have verysmall font, wherein people end up trying to get into the card and read it or do not havereal big font, which doesn’t look professional at all.
So have readable font size on yourcard and always make sure to keep your card updated.
Now when I say it’s important foryou to keep your card updated, it means all the contact information should be just correct.
Say for example, if you have a change in your contact information, there are people thatI have come across, who end up crossing it off and writing the new contact informationon the very same card.
That’s so unprofessional.
If you have any contact information that ischanged, please go ahead and get new cards printed.
Also another thing that you needto make sure of is need not have fancy email addresses.
For example, sweetlittlepie@gmail.
Com,How does that sound to you? Funny or something like, iamhornytonight@gmail.
Com ,Disastress,so please have decent and professional email ids, because that should look professional.
Your business card is your professional image so people following these business card etiquetteis just another way to polish your business skills.
So the next time you are networkingwith people make sure you have these tips in mind.
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