In this area of the world, offer a card with your right hand - the left is considered unclean.
Take the time to read and convey respect of the card.
In China, as in Japan, the business card is treated with utmost respect and exchanged in a similar fashion. If your company is the largest, oldest or has any other distinguishing merit, then be sure to note this on the card. In addition, gold ink on the card offers a prestigious business distinction.
As in the Middle East, use your right hand to give and receive business cards. Put any degree or honor that you have received on the card. Also, cards may be printed in English, because it is widely spoken there.
The business card
You might have only a few minutes to impress a prospective client. Make sure that your business card is not soiled, damaged or out of date. If your card is not presentable, it is better to write your information on a piece of plain white paper. The card itself should be made of stock thick enough not to tear easily and should be the standard size of 3 1/2 by 2 inches.
Information on the card
A business card is a very personal part of business communication and, according to etiquette maven Letitia Baldridge, is like a handshake that you leave behind. It is much more than a little rectangular piece of paper with your name and contact information.
It captures essential information in a quick and user-friendly manner and helps to remind people who you are, where you are, and how to reach you. Make sure yours is a good representation of you.
Pam Harvit, M.S., is a corporate etiquette and protocol consultant. She is employed by Merck and Co. and lives in Charleston. You may e-mail your questions to her at phar...@suddenlink.net.