Exchanging Business Cards: Do's and Don't's of Business
by Christopher J. Brunner
Exchanging business cards can be a smooth transaction, or it could
be an awkward situation. Use this guide to plan ahead so that you
are ready when someone asks for your business card.
Do be prepared
Always have a handful with you to present to potential clients or
other business associates, even on the weekends. You'll find that
many important contacts and business card exchanges can take place
in the most unlikely places.
Don't hand out torn or worn business
Make sure they are clean and crisp with no frayed edges or pen
marks. The best method of keeping your cards in neat form is a
business card case. With designs ranging from techie to artsy to
formal, you are bound to find one that fits your style and
Do make it a point to hand out
It doesn't take a large convention to bring customers and business
owners together. Informal meetings are one of the best times to
network and exchange business cards. If the person you are speaking
with seems interested in your product or service you represent,
offer that person a business card.
Do receive a business card properly
When accepting a business card, have a good look at it for a few
seconds. In your conversation, offer a compliment about the logo,
Don't hand out more than one card to a
Only give one business card to your new contact. Leaving two or
three may give the signal that you want them to make contacts for
you which is tacky and unprofessional. Unless a prior agreement is
made to exchange more than one card, keep the focus on
Do exchange business cards smoothly
When you first meet someone, it's ok to request a business card from
them. However, If the person is of a higher position than yourself,
you should wait for them to offer their card to you first. Remember
if they want you to have a card, they will give you one!
Don't place it in a bag, pocket or
Place the card you receive in a planner, notebook or business card
case. Never place the card in a wallet that will be put in your back
pocket. Doing so shows disrespect and an all around lack of
organization on your part.
Do take advantage of free advertising
Local restaurants often hang a bulletin board near the front counter
for business cards to be posted. You can also place your business
card in the collection cups for drawings or mixers. They're offering
you free advertising, so be ready to take advantage.
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