Friday, April 5, 2013

Chinese Business Card Etiquette

Business cards are an important concept in China. If you are coming to China to do business, the business card is an essential tool you should always have. When you are making your own card, the card itself should have two sides. One side is English and the other is translated to Chinese, that way it allows people you talk to know who you are and your company as well.

At the beginning of the meeting is the time to exchange business cards. When you are accepting a card you should accept it with both hands, as a way to show a mutual respect to one and another.

When someone hands you their card, please take a look at it. By saying to look at it, I mean do try to read the card. If you do not, you may be considered as being disrespectful and showing a lack of interest towards that person.

After looking at it, many people recommend that you leave the card on your desk because you can look at the name while you are talking. Also, you should never write on the back of the business card that other people have given you.

Business cards are not just for business, but have many uses. If you go to a party or a gathering, exchanging business cards is very common. I know that people in the West sometimes spray cologne on their cards. I don't know if this works in China or not, but definitely try it and let me know. Thank you in advance.

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