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Vol. 11, Issue 20 - May 14, 2012

3 rules to smart business card etiquette Abridged: Careerealism

CHICAGO, IL -- There's an etiquette to using a business card when networking. Don't mess it up! All it takes is one wrong move to jeopardize your professional image. At live networking events, where you only have 30 seconds to make a good first impression, you cannot afford to make the wrong move. The world first judges us on how we appear, our demeanor, presence, body language, and self-confidence. All of that can be picked up in a first glance or notice, or with the first handshake.

So let's say you are dressed well, your confidence is high and your body language is clearly communicating that you're a person worth knowing. You're 50% there. I've seen well dressed people leave a bad impression because of bad networking etiquette. Some of the worst mistakes I see at networking events are people not understanding how to use their business card. Here are a few tips:

  • Keep your business card to yourself until someone asks for it.
  • Only ask for cards or contact information for people you intend to follow up with.
  • Make the most of your networking by regularly connecting with your contacts.
  • When someone ask for your business card, write a reminder note on the back of it. It could be a note about what you talked about. Write something that jogs their memory as they go through the sea of cards they've collected.
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    Secrets To WOW them on your next job interview

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