Chalk2Cheese, a personality development and enhancing soft skills academy is more like a grooming school. It helps you to become the best version of yourself Business Card Exchange is a staple of net working and thus business success. Business cards are a smart investment today as a promotional tool. You have only one shot to make a first good impression. But there are lot of people who are well dressed who speak eloquently, highly confident but still have a bad impression due to poor etiquette. A person worth knowing always carries business cards putting a value not only on the card itself, but also on everything it embodies that is the profession, the company, the brand. Never leave the house or your office without your business card. Always carry your cards in a box or card holder which protects it from wear and tear. There should never be a time if asked for a business card and you do not have it. You always ruin an opportunity by doing so. Always let the background of your business card be white and make sure you invest in the quality of them. This is an extension of your profession and the company you represent. It is always better to present a business card with a well thought out layout, colour scheme and standard fonts. Do not forget to print new copies if you have changed your contact information or any new information is available. Always keep business card to yourself. Do not handover cards to every person you meet in an event. You need to be selective of who you are going to exchange your business card with. Always give your card when a person asks for it. Do not be aggressive, wait to be asked for your card. If the person is interested in connecting with you, he/she will ask about ways to contact you. That is the right time to give your business card. Hand your card with discretion. Do not give out on dozens as it sends out a message that your business card is not worth, and
you are telling the person to give them to others for you. When giving or receiving a business card always use your right hand. Do not ever give your business card with fingers covering the details. Hold the card at the top corners facing the recipient so he/she can read it. Look at the person in the eye and smile. Always be polite while giving specific instructions, the best time, when and how to contact you. Ask for the persons contact information as well. As per your conversation you simply do a follow up if the person forgets to call reminding the person of what you had talked about during the event. Always treat your business card
professionally by writing a note on the back of the card before handing over with the permission of the opposite person. Your business card should always be presentable not crumple or dirty in any way as it gives a bad impression.
Always make a comment when you receive a card. Focus on the positives like the logo, the business name, and the other elements you see. Do clarify the information detailed on the card. What you say will place value on the card. You may dress with finesse and give off a remarkable handshake. However, without knowing the basic rules of receiving and giving a business card all efforts will be futile. Business card etiquette is often ignored by many which can often lead to missed
opportunities. Forgetting to carry your business card is the biggest mistake which you should never do as it leads to very awkward and disastrous moments. Business cards seal a personal connection. Carrying your business card with you would benefit not only you but your potential clients. It makes communication a lot smoother. Your business card should be kept in a good condition as they are a direct reflection of the owner. It helps to create a positive image of not just the person but also the company they represent. It also shows that the owner of the business card is responsible which help in having any client trust them. Never or avoid writing on the card unless very necessary. Business card requires a very selective approach. The main goal for handing out the business card is to get guaranteed opportunities directly or indirectly. Always present your card face up, your text facing up, so the client does not have to flip it over, as it shows a sign of respect and will be greatly appreciated by the client. Business cards were created to be handed out to clients as a way of establishing a line of communication. Any business card must be given in a manner that is comfortable to both the parties. If the client shows interest in the service offered, then giving them the business
card is natural. Under no circumstances should you ask for a business card from a superior with whom he works closely as they should know who they are and how to contact them even without their business card. To avoid any confusion or misinterpretation it is important to clarify why the business card is given. Upon receiving the card, it is always polite to give it a quick look to show its importance as it can greatly impact all future interactions. Its good to notice and compliment on the business card when receiving one, as your small gesture may give a start to a great relationship between both the parties which is always favourable. Great first impression can often dictate whether a business proposal will succeed or not. It not only shows that one values not only their clients and their practices but also themselves as well as who and what they represent. That gives any potential client that they are in good hands. Business cards represent the essence of direct marketing placed directly in the hand of an intended target. Business cards are a time-tested staple of business networking. Its easy to dismiss Business Card Etiquettes as non-essential but it’s wise to practise them despite how simple and obvious they may be. Every step regardless of how small, can greatly contribute to creating and establishing a great business relationship. Business cards are an extension of a smile and a handshake – a way of saying that you hope the new business relationship continues.