Business Cards: Do’s and Don’ts

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While it is certainly convenient in our digital age to communicate via cell phone, texting, email, etc; it is still a smart idea for business people looking to get their names and companies known to still carry around business cards.  There is nothing like a personal touch that can make a small thing go a long way.  A well-designed, smart-looking business card still does the trick.

Which brings up the question: What are some dos and don’ts when it comes to business cards?  Here is a list of what to and what not to do when it comes to handing out those little 3.5” x 2” (or 3.3″ x 2.16″) helpers.

  • DO include pertinent information such as one’s name, company name, phone and fax numbers, email address, etc.  Give the recipient several different ways to make contact.
  • DO ensure that there is a tagline (if necessary) along with the company name. The recipients should be familiar with the nature of your business from the information on the business card.
  • DO use a company logo if possible.  Nothing works better than to have your company easily identified—especially if using its official color or colors.
  • DO include writing on both sides of the business card so all information is complete and understandable.  Everything should be clear and concise.
  • DO make sure the font type and size used for any writing is pleasing to one’s eye and easy to read.  Clarity and a well thought out presentation will give a good first impression.
  • DO hand the business card out at the appropriate time.  Waiting until the conversation is about over makes for a solid, effective closing.  (Don’t forget a firm handshake and a “thank you”.)
  • DON’T include too much information.  A cluttered presentation will lead to confusion and/or impatience.
  • DON’T be too cute or creative with the fonts being used.  If wording is hard to read or undecipherable, frustration will occur.
  • DON’T use unusual or imaginative colors for colors’ sake. Hues or shades that are not necessary may tend to draw attention away from the ultimate message of the business card.
  • DON’T be too quick to hand out the card too soon.  Nothing is worse than being pushy – it brings up the feeling of mistrust and phoniness.
  • DON’T forget to always have enough of a supply of business cards on your person. One never knows when and where a good opportunity may occur where that one meeting and card hand off will reap dividends.

Above all else, make sure that a winning personality is coupled with the presenting of one’s business card for possible maximum impact.  When in doubt, keep it simple.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Arnold February 20, 2020 at 2:42 pm

Business Cards are definitely still valid in today’s age!

Tommy June 1, 2020 at 8:19 pm

This list is very thoughtful and poignant. Young professionals need this Do’s and Don’ts more than you know! I’ve attended many networking events and let me tell you understanding/implementing this list really sets you apart from the crowd!

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