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] Disastres’s 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. Skillopedia The place to learn skills for the real world.