Business Card & Travel Etiquette Video:
How to Properly Exchange Business Cards in Asia:

There are many dos and don'ts for exchanging business cards in Asia. In this video Etiquette coach Syndi Seid goes over the proper ways to conduct a business card exchange in Asia. The rule of thumb is to think of a business card as an extension of a person. You never want to show disrespect in Asia by treating an Asian business card as if it's just a piece of paper to throw away. In this video you will see the proper way to present, receive, and observe Asian business cards.

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ArrowGeneral Rules of Thumb for Asian Business Card Translation Etiquette:

* Asian business cards are exchanged upon meeting.
* Dual-sided Chinese business cards should be printed in English on one side and Chinese on the other, for example.
* If exchanging Chinese business cards, make sure the Chinese side uses "Simplified" characters for mainland China, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. "Traditional" characters are used in Taiwan and exclusive areas of Hong Kong.
* Asian translated business cards are always exchanged and should ideally be done so with two hands (as a sign of respect).
* Business cards tend to represent the person to whom you are being introduced, so take a few moments to review and study the card, then put it on the table next to you or properly in a business card case.
* NEVER immediately place a business card in your back pocket.
* Have ample supplies of translated Chinese, Japanese or Korean business cards as nearly everyone you meet will exchange one with you.
* To appear at a meeting without a translated Asian business card does almost irreparable damage to the business relationship; (This is similar to refusing to shake hands at a Western business meeting, etc.)
* Your business cards for Asia should be bilingual even if the people you are meeting read and write English. This shows you have respect for their culture and it will make a lasting impression.
* It is always best to stand up when exchanging Asian business cards.
* When presenting your translated Asian business card, make sure that you hold it with the translation side up, facing your contact so he/she can read it.
* Always exchange Asian business cards one-by-one, individual-to-individual, and try to use both hands where practical.
* NEVER distribute (or toss) your Asian business card in a manner similar to dealing playing cards.
* NEVER place a stack of your Asian business cards on the table and offer others to take a card from the stack.
* NEVER shove the card into your back trouser or shirt pocket.
* NEVER write comments on another person's business card in their presence.

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