Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Business Card Exchanges Guidelines

If you are visiting Japan on business, double-sided business cards in Japanese and English are a must. Why? They show potential partners that you are serious, and that you understand and respect their culture. This small effort on your part establishes trust, and maximizes your opportunity for excellent results.
A Sample Business Card:

Business Card Exchanges Guidelines:

  1. Cards are exchanged at the beginning of a meeting; make sure you have enough available for everyone.
  2. It is best to stand up when exchanging cards with those of higher rank.
  3. Facing your counterpart, bow slightly and hand your card (with the Japanese side pointing up!) either with your right hand or both hands. The same rule applies when receiving a card from someone else.
  4. Make time to review your counterpart's card carefully. You might want to speak his/her name and position to be sure of correct pronunciation. If the meaning of his/her job position is in any way unclear, it would not hurt to ask for an explanation. Basically, you want to show interest in and respect to the other party.
  5. DO NOT shove the card into your back trouser pocket!
  6. The Japanese hand out their business card at the drop of a hat. Don't be left out! Give your card to anyone that you want to hear from again. You'll likely go through a lot more cards during your trip to Japan than you would back home.
  7. Have a nice time when you visit japan -with best wishes :>Balamurugan

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