Monday, August 17, 2015

Is your business card classier than you? Five tips on business card etiquette

A business card is perhaps the most valuable resource you have at networking events. If you have a great card, but push them on people like a used car salesman trying to get rid of a lemon, you’re likely to leave a bitter taste in people’s mouth. The following are five tips on business card etiquette, gleaned from countless conferences and events. 

1.) Don’t leave home without them! You don’t want to be the person who has to make excuses and explains why they don’t have a business card. Saying “they haven’t shipped yet” is like asking for advice “for a friend”. We all know the truth.

2.) Keep your cards fresh and clean. A business card holder, or wallet with card pockets, are good choices. Crumpled, torn, folded, or dirty business cards give a bad impression. 

3.) Make a comment or compliment about someone’s card when you receive one. Logo’s, location, and business name are all good to remark upon.

4.) Make sure your card is up to date. Nothing screams unprofessional more than an old phone number or email crossed out, with a new one penciled in.
5.) Only offer your business card when asked for it. If someone is interested in contacting you in the future, they’ll be sure to ask for a way to keep in touch. Alternatively, you could ask for their information, and exchange cards after they hand theirs to you. 

With these common sense tips in hand, we hope you make as good an impression at your next event as your card does!

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