5 rules to smart business card etiquette – Personality Development Video

5 rules to smart business card etiquette – Personality Development Video

Hey friends it’s me Niharika and welcome
to Skillopedia. The place to learn skills for the real world. Well, recently I attended
a conference and I met many professionals from different organizations. And guess what?
I was amazed to see the way these people handed out their business cards, so unprofessional.
Well, yes there is something as Business card Etiquette and that’s what we are gonna learn
in today’s session, because one wrong move can jeopardize your professional image, so
why to mess it up. In this session you will learn some tips to give out your business
cards professionally. The very first thing that you need to keep in mind, when it comes to business card etiquette is stop giving excuses. It is so unprofessional when you
end up telling the other person that, Ooops! I forgot the card or you end up saying that,
it’s gone for printing or that was the last one that I had with me, so unprofessional.
Always make sure to carry your cards before leaving your house or your workplace. And
not just few of them plenty of them. Because business card etiquette dictates you to carry
your cards even when there’s little chance of someone asking you for them. So make sure
to carry your cards always. The second important point that you need to keep in mind is keep your card safe. When I say that keep your card safe, it means that you need to protect
your card in all the wear and tear by keeping them in a business card case. Now imagine
if someone gives you a card which is totally crumpled, something like this, okay here is
my card for you, it’s so crumpled. Is that professional? Definitely not, gives such a
bad impression. Would you like to receive a crumpled card? No, so you have to make sure
to protect your cards well. Also you should always know that where are your cards kept,
so someone asks you for your card and imagine yourself searching for it in every pocket.
Well, where is the card? Oh is it here? Let me see is it here? That makes no sense; you
can’t have the other person waiting for you, while you are searching for the card.
You should know where you have kept your cards. And it’s important for you to get a business
card case and keep your cards safely. The next thing that you need to keep in mind,
when it comes to business card etiquette is do not distribute. When I say do not distribute,
it means that do not distribute your business cards like the way you would distribute sweets
on your birthday. Well, your card has some value. You cannot distribute it like some
business flyer; it’s your professional image that shows on your business card. So just
because you are attending a business event, doesn’t mean that you keep giving your cards
to every person that you meet. That is so unprofessional. Always give it when you’re
asked for, especially when you are having a conversation with a senior. Let that senior
person initiate the exchange of cards, so let that senior person ask you for your card
and then you can go ahead and hand it out to him or her. Now if you are the person,
who is interested in contacting the person that you are chatting with, then you can go
ahead and ask for their cards. But please do make sure that do not distribute your cards everywhere. It’s time for the next thing. The way you give your card and the way you
receive someone’s card. So someone asks you for a card at a business event, how would
you give the card? You use your right hand. The hand of discretion. Now someone is asking
for the card, this is the way you will give him or her your card with your right hand,
so this is my card for you. Now there’s another way of giving out the card. You can
use both your hands. In order to show respect or if you are giving out your card to a senior
person then you can use both your hands to give the card. Something like this, here’s
my card for you. I’m using both my hands, so either you can use your right hand or you
can use both your hands in order to show respect, when you are giving your business card. Another
thing that you need to make a note of is when you are giving your card make sure to give
it in such a way that the person who’s receiving it, doesn’t have to turn it around to read
it. And then if you are the one who is receiving someone’s card, compliment have a look at
the logo or maybe the business name if it’s really catchy. You can compliment by saying,
Hey that’s a nice card or what a nice logo you have, so this is the way you will give
and receive a business cards. The last tip that I have for you of business card etiquette is to keep your card simple and updated. Now when I say to keep your card simple, it doesn’t
mean that you have to keep it very simple. It just has to look professional. You cannot
end up having glossy cards or glittery cards, unless you’re representing a disco tech.
Also the font size of your card should be just perfect, very readable. Do not have very
small font, wherein people end up trying to get into the card and read it or do not have
real big font, which doesn’t look professional at all. So have readable font size on your
card and always make sure to keep your card updated. Now when I say it’s important for
you to keep your card updated, it means all the contact information should be just correct.
Say for example, if you have a change in your contact information, there are people that
I have come across, who end up crossing it off and writing the new contact information
on the very same card. That’s so unprofessional. If you have any contact information that is
changed, please go ahead and get new cards printed. Also another thing that you need
to make sure of is need not have fancy email addresses. For example, [email protected],
How does that sound to you? Funny or something like, [email protected] ,Disastress,
so please have decent and professional email ids, because that should look professional.
Your business card is your professional image so people following these business card etiquette
is just another way to polish your business skills. So the next time you are networking
with people make sure you have these tips in mind. And please do subscribe to our channel
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  1. Niharika u have a outstanding presentation capability, stunning look……..Ur vocal, ur expression , ur sense of dress code ur nice and fluent English speaking ability , ur smile throughout d class, all r very attractive and cuts heart………..I had been looking for you since i first watched ur presentation about "how to speak effectively over the phone " Seriously neharika having finished ur that task still ur sounds plays subconsciously in my memory……… u r really swimming there………….
    how beautiful a girl can be……..how haunting her everything…………………….

  2. please speak fast.
    very slow you are, we don't have much time to sit whole day to listen you.
    please work on it.

  3. I just encourage you to keep your style of low speed talking because not everyone can understand English so well , not everyone is native English and you do such a great job just by keeping this pace.

  4. totally disagree with your use of the word professional in this presentation .. you got the wrong end of the stick hun

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  8. I think the most important thing is making the other person feel like a friend and not someone your trying to sell to. Remember there is a way bigger chance they will buy from you if they become friends. Im sure this video will make some people better but for me it probably make me stiff and sound like a robot.

  9. I think it would be amusing to hear you discuss intimacy etiquette. Please view the video and replace the word "card" with "condom"

  10. I think the best part was the lack of thought that went into using a white crumpled business card on a white crumpled shirt!

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  14. Thank you for sharing these valuable points. I'm attending a business event tomorrow and these points will be helpful.

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