• Handing a business card to a potential customer or client should be done in a way that allows the recipient to receive the card with the print facing them. Be sure your card is clean, and crisp so they remember your name.
  • Be sure to carry clean, up-to-date business cards without handwriting.  Refrain from writing on the face of a business card for numerous reasons of civility.
  • When handling business cards in the United States, use the right-hand or both hands, to present the card. Avoid using your left hand to present a business card. Keep your right hand free at at times for handshaking and presenting cards.
  • Use a business card case to keep cards clean and crisp!
  • When receiving a business card, do not receive it with your left hand, or place it in your rear pocket or wallet. Receive it with your right hand or both hands, and take a moment to look at the card, and ask a question.

For more about business card protocol, contact Sharon at 512.306.1845.

Sharon Schweitzer, J.D., is a cross-cultural consultant, an international protocol expert and the founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide. She is accredited in intercultural management, is the resident etiquette expert for CBS Austin’s We Are Austin, regularly quoted by BBC Capital, Investor’s Business Daily, Fortune, The New York Times, and numerous other media. She is the best-selling, international award-winning author of Access to Asia: Your Multicultural Business Guide, named to Kirkus Review’s Best Books of 2015 and recipient of the British Airways International Trade, Investment & Expansion Award at the 2016 Greater Austin Business Awards.

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