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Business Card Tips


  • Tell people who you are and how to reach you
  • Forwarding agent attached to report, article, or newspaper that may be of interest to someone
  • Enclosed with business gift

Handing them out

  • Be selective
  • Wait until a senior executive asks for your card
  • Be discreet
  • Avoid bringing them out during meals
  • When at a meeting outside your office, hand the card to the receptionist, but wait for someone else in the meeting to initiate the exchange
  • Only hand out cards in good condition, with name facing up
  • Be aware of cultural differences for handing out and receiving


  • Keep cards in a card holder rather than your wallet
  • Do not put your picture on the card
  • Do not put others' cards in your business card holder; you might give out someone else's card by accident


Reference:  Everding, M. P. (1997). Panache that pays: The young professional's guide: How to outclass your competition. Saint Louis, Missouri: GME Publishing Company.

Direct questions about these tips to Robbyn Matthews, 740.593.2533, matther1@ohio.edu.


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