Getting a business card is far less complex than asking for a business card or accepting a business card in American business. Generally, business operates so quickly and automatically that getting a business card is often instant and even unconscious. Yet, with a few pointers you can make an impression on the ‘giver’ and create relationship brochures.
Here are six quick tips to help you walk accepting someone’s business card:
1. When accepting a person’s card, stop, point your list finger (of your superior hand) at the card and enquire at least one question about it to show you are paying attention and that you acknowledge receiving the card. For example, “I see you’re on the 11th floor of the ABC Building. Do you have a great view from there? inches or “I see you’re situated in the Dallas office. Is that where you’re from? inches
Maintain that man’s complete attention and he or she will continue to talk to you. To maintain this human connection and advanced of deep relationship, keep the card in your hand; you don’t need to continue pointing as you continue to talk.
2. After you have received someone’s business card, said in a separate place from your own business cards. Guys, do not put a business card in your wallet and place that wallet in your back pocket against your rear in front of anyone; many cultures consider placing a person’s card against one’s buttock’s a great insult to the card’s owner.
3. Making notes on the back of someone’s business card when he or she is in your presence is acceptable during sales situations, especially during seminars and events when many cards are exchanged.
4. When there are several people you do not know around a dining table without food present, you may place business cards in front of you according to where each person is seated. When food occurs, it is often cramped and awkward to formulate cards on the table; instead, try placing the business cards one on top of the other (like a deck of cards) according to where people are seated so you can call them by name.
5. If someone forces a business card upon you, you can always throw it away when you get back to your working environment. However, if she or he insists that you take a card and contact him or her and you have no objective of doing so, reject the card as graciously as possible. For example, “Thank you, but I’d rather not take your card. Our company is not in the market for new vendors. inches
6. After having a meeting or conference, decide within a week (before you forget) which cards you want to keep and the ones that you do not want. It is good business to send a quick, “Nice to have met you, inches email to anyone you intend to contact in the future, so take the time to send a message as you file the card.