- Exchanging business cards should ALWAYS be done with respect and decorum, whatever country you are in. It is so easy to make a cultural gaffe.
- In Asia, offering and receiving cards is a very formal ceremony.
- In Asia, never casually offer your card with just one hand. Hold your card with both hands when you give it, and bow slightly.
- Always pass it the right way up so the other person can read it immediately. This shows consideration for the other person.
- Show respect when you receive a card by using both hands. Especially in the Far East. Look at it, study it, then put it away carefully. Don?t put it into your back pocket.
- Don?t write on other people?s business cards
- The Japanese like photographs on cards. These are beginning to become common in the US and UK.
- Many US/UK companies are dispensing with job titles, as they are considered unnecessary. Titles are very important in most other cultures, so use them when abroad. They signify seniority and status.
- Think about having a translation on the reverse side of your card.
- Your card represents you, so don?t use tatty or out-of-date ones. Your card leaves an impression of who you are.
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