3 rules to smart business card etiquette
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: