Business Card Etiquette

We discussed, awhile back, the proper etiquette one should follow when handing business cards out to others. We had a wide variety of responses – some were very forward with their approach, others, a bit more reserved. And for those that don’t have a clue what we’re talking about – yes, that tiny card actually comes with a series of rules you should follow.

There are certain dos and don’ts that we clearly observe here in the United States. For example, when you are asked for your business card, it’s polite to ask for theirs as well, and it’s always recommended to follow up with your new contacts a day or two later to substantiate the connection. Regardless, it’s safe to say, there simply are no distinct rules and limits, especially when one compares our business card etiquette with other international countries.

But let’s take a look at the broader picture now, shall we?

Take Japan, for example, who takes this matter rather seriously (as they should). The Japanese, who are known for their attention to detail and etiquette, even have a name for the exchange of the business card, otherwise known as meishi.
The card should be offered with two hands with the Japanese side facing upwards. If there are numerous individuals, cards should be offered to the lowest ranking individual first, leading up to the highest ranking individual.

Once received, you should read and memorize all the important details. Besides this basic rule, there are numerous other details to remember, such as the way you handle the card. They should be placed in a business card holder, and never to be written on or bent or damaged in front of its owner. Phew! That’s certainly a good deal to remember, isn’t it?

We’re curious to hear if you have your own rules you follow in your country or culture. Join the conversation and let us know!

Nareh S.

With over 10 years of experience in content marketing and writing, Nareh enjoys creating content for blogs, websites, advertisements - just about anything you can think of. A self-proclaimed wordsmith, Nareh enjoys compelling, witty taglines and phrases. When not writing, Nareh enjoys traveling and eating a ridiculous amount of avocados.

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