Saturday, June 24, 2017

Having and Using Personal and Business Cards University Etiquette Business Dining 101

Above the age of eighteen, a person is to use small cards to present himself or herself, officially, unofficially, as a representative of a business, organization, profession, government, or home.

Practice using business cards.  After your elevator introduction, be prepared to receive cards. When asked, “Do you have a card?” Be able to say,” Here is my card.” Expect one to be provided in kind. Have cards with you to give in kind: give a visiting card or a business card for the same.

At a minimum, have a business or organizational visiting card. It is to list your logo at the top left, and your first and last name, without your title, center (or just above center) the card. It can list your telephone number in the bottom right hand corner. It may list your email address in a smaller point size, above the telephone number. For more social events, the logo might then be omitted. It can list your major designation, or an allegiance logo or website at the top right. It may list it at the bottom right, above the telephone number. You can personalize any card you give using a fountain pen, or a pencil.

Practice using personal correspondence cards. There are old school rules for the design, format, and use of these cards, especially for men. They can be especially useful for Thank you notes.

In a cross cultural environment, have bi-lingual cards. Give these cards with two hands, host language side up.

Plan on how to provide or exchange contact information. Wait until it or a card is offered by the senior person. Always accept contact information; a way to say thanks.

You can use a wireless application to exchange contact information. Before you give contact information update your email address and website address. Ensure each is appropriate for the recipient.

You can decide to be prepared with more than having cards. You could a email sent to your phone with has a link address to a just updated profile, or bio-benefit resume ready to forward for the asking. You may get an email address and send a contact note to a new acquaintance, with your profile or resume as an attachment.
You could exchange contact information by having the person use your telephone to call their telephone, and then establish you as a contact. Then the person can call you back. 

You could get a number, from an acquaintance, and call that person then establish that person as a contact.  Go to “Recents” and mark the event under “Notes” the same as you would mark the back of a card. This is the new old school.

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