For the past 5 years, my work has been mostly dedicated to Australia, Asia and China.
The exchange of business cards at a face to face meeting is still a common practice. This is in addition to the exchange of contacts via Apps, technology and social media.
It is important to remember that when meeting someone in Asia or China, it is polite to reciprocate with a business card when they have given you a card. It is the act and gesture of giving and receiving “a part of yourself” in the business card exchange. To not recirprocate can imply that the other person is not important enough to you for you to return the gesture.
Here are some easy basic tips:
- Hold your business card with two hands
- Hold it facing up and towards them so that they do not have to turn the card around in order to read it.
- Accept the card with two hands
- Hold the card for a few seconds, look at it, look at the name, position and the company
- Never put it away without looking at the card
- Never write on the card
- Place it on the table in front of you during the meeting
- If exchanging cards at a table, never throw the cards across the table.
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Often it is what is not spoken nor visible that can make or break a friendship, business relationship or a commercial deal.
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