Business cards and etiquette: What are your do's and don'ts?
Most of the time, it's a delight to live in a world where you can smack someone's phone against your own and, in a millisecond, give them roughly 10 ways to reach you.
The digital intertwining doesn't stop there. We can place orders for romance online, Google our bosses and co-workers, and upload résumés at the speed of light. Putting yourself out there for potential relationships takes less effort than ever and it feels pretty awesome -- if just a little bit cheap. Maybe that's why the mighty paper business card is still thriving.
Peter Corbett, chief executive of iStrategyLabs, a D.C. digital marketing firm, told reporter Michael Rosenwald: "You are branding yourself. And I think a lot of people today are also really visual. I might not remember a person's name right away, but I'll remember, oh . . . their card had a green tree and a blue background."
But business cards present us with a tricky set of etiquette issues. For instance, what about that intern who starts throwing cardboard the second she crosses the threshold at a networking event? The sleazy weirdo slipping you his card after one too many happy hour Bud Lights? The fishbowl, full of business contact misfits, resting by the cash register at Chipotle?
We ask you for Your Take: What are your business card etiquette do's and don'ts? We'd like to compile a list of your funniest suggestions, and we'll post them in this blog.
- Do invest in a business card holder. This protects against awkwardly fishing around in your wallet and accidentally pulling out something decidedly unprofessional.
- Don't give a business card by way of greeting. Give someone 10 seconds to get used to you before you exchange cards or bump phones.
While you're brainstorming, you can always post your business card to this gallery -- or take a few cues from this guy:
Here are our favorite tips from readers who used #dosanddonts on Twitter:
Too fancy a business card makes you look like the guy from American Psycho #dosanddonts
| October 5, 2010; 12:18 PM ET
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