Business Card Etiquette

May 15th, 2012 by admin

Rituals surrounding the exchange of business cards can provide the perfect opportunity to impress your international business associates—or it might be the cultural faux pas that costs you a potential client. Make sure your business card etiquette reflects your meticulous preparation.

Korean Business Card Etiquette

  • Never toss a pile of your cards onto the table, nor deal them out like cards. Stand and exchange cards individually, starting with the highest-ranked person in the room.
  • Present and receive cards with a slight bow, using both hands. If you must use one hand, use the right—never the left.
  • Take a moment to study a received card right then and there, acknowledging the person’s name and rank. You might even compliment the card itself.
  • It shows respect to keep the cards you receive on the table in front of you while in the presence of the giver. And never write on them until the meeting is over and you’ve got a moment alone to jot down some notes.

Hungarian Business Card Etiquette

In Hungary, business interactions are warm and personal. This relaxed congeniality doesn’t means you shouldn’t observe a few Hungarian formalities, though.

  • Use your last name first, then first name.
  • Include the date your company was founded, along with any advanced academic degrees you have attained.
  • Be prepared to exchange cards with everyone you meet.

Arabic Nations Business Card Etiquette

  • In Middle Eastern countries, always defer to the eldest person in the room, not necessarily the highest business title.
  • Bring plenty of cards, and always give and receive them with the right hand, never the left.
  • In Israel, engraved cards are preferred over printed or embossed.

Iranian Business Card Etiquette

In most Arab countries, business cards are exchanged with anyone and everyone you meet. Iran is the exception; in general, you will exchange cards with only senior-level individuals.

Universal Rules

A few universal rules apply to international business card etiquette.

  • It is critical to make sure your title is translated properly, keeping in mind that certain words may not exist in other languages.
  • Always present dual language cards with your associate’s native language side up.
  • Invest in a good quality business card holder to keep cards you give and receive in pristine condition.

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One Response to “Business Card Etiquette”

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