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What are the dos and don’ts of business card etiquette?

Business cards are a fundamental tool in professional networking and it’s crucial to use them correctly. At Print Harbour, we not only provide high-quality business cards but also guide our clients on the etiquette of using them effectively. Here are some essential dos and don’ts to keep in mind: 

Do: Present Your Card Professionally

When handing out your business card, do so with both hands or the right hand. Ensure the text faces the recipient, making it easy for them to read it immediately.

Don’t: Distribute Without Context

Don’t hand out your business card indiscriminately or without any introduction or context. Engage in conversation first and wait for a natural moment to offer your card.

Do: Be Mindful of Cultural Differences

In some cultures, particularly in East Asia, business card exchange is a formal ritual. Be respectful and take time to examine the card carefully before putting it away.

Don’t: Use Damaged or Outdated Cards

Never hand out a business card that is outdated, damaged, or has crossed-out information. This can reflect poorly on your professionalism and attention to detail.

Do: Keep Your Cards Accessible

Carry your business cards in a case or a specific compartment in your wallet to keep them clean and crisp. Fumbling around for a card can appear unprofessional.

Don’t: Dispose of a Card in Front of the Giver

If you receive a business card, do not discard it or write on it in the presence of the giver. This can be considered disrespectful.

Do: Follow Up

After receiving a business card, it’s polite to send a follow-up email or message acknowledging the meeting. This helps in building a professional relationship.

At Print Harbour, we are dedicated to helping you make the best impression with high-quality business cards. Remember, a business card is more than just a piece of paper; it’s a representation of your professional identity. Contact us for business cards that reflect the highest standards of your profession and for more advice on how to use them effectively.