Business Etiquette

Business Card Etiquette

September 12, 2011  |     |   0 Comment

How you present and use your business card is an important part in building a professional relationship. Your business card represents you and is part of your visual communications package. It should be given to someone in such a way that it is remembered and kept by the recipient. Here are some tips to consider next time you hand out your business card, especially if you want to leave a favourable impression and see business grow:


  • Present the card with the print facing the recipient so the recipient will not have to turn it around to read it.
  • Carry cards in a card case to keep them fresh and protected such as in a handsome leather case.
  • Before attending an event, always put a supply of cards in your suit pocket for easy access. Keep them in the right pocket and place cards you receive in your left pocket.
  • Present your business card to the receptionist each time you visit a company. It helps the receptionist announce you.
  • When receiving a card, take the time to look at it because a card is representative of the person.
  • Pay attention the conversation you are having with a person who has presented their card to you. Write pertinent notes on the card later.


  • Don’t give out a business card that is defective, out of date, or soiled.
  • Never produce a card during a private luncheon or dinner where you run the risk of your host seeing the exchange.
  • Don’t pass out your cards like flyers. Handing your card out indiscriminately will make you appear pushy and unprofessional.
  • Don’t force your card on anyone.
  • Don’t offer your card too early in a conversation. Wait to see if there is a good business connection first.
  • Junior executives don’t give or request cards from senior executives. Let the senior executive request your card, and only then should you present it.
  • Carry business cards in the evening at social events in case a good business contact presents itself. But be very careful, especially in a private home. If cards are exchanged, both parties should be very discreet.
  • Don’t leave a person’s card on the table. Take the card with you and dispose of it at your home or office if you are not interested.


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