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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Business card etiquette - Do not waive at the Cultural aspectes

There are guidelines 

for making a positive and lasting impression 

when giving and receiving business cards.

Unlike in North America  where the business card has little meaning other than a convenient form of capturing essential personal details, in other parts of the world the business card has very different meanings.

General Business Card Etiquette Tips

  • Business cards are an internationally recognised means of presenting personal contact details, so ensure you have a plentiful supply.
  • When travelling abroad for business it is advisable to have one side of your business card translated into the appropriate language.
  • Good business etiquette requires you present the card so the recipient's language is face up.
  • Make a point of studying any business card, commenting on it and clarifying information before putting it away.

The story is about a little wave, bobbing along in the ocean, having a grand old time. He’s enjoying the wind and the fresh air—until he notices the other waves in front of him, crashing against the shore. 

   “‘My God, this is terrible,’ the wave says. ‘Look what’s going to happen to me!’ 
   “Then along comes another wave. It sees the first wave, looking grim, and it says to 
him, ‘Why do you look so sad?’ 
   “The first wave says, ‘You don’t understand! We’re all going to crash! All of us waves 
are going to be nothing! Isn’t it terrible?’ 
Costa Tarjeta De Visita

   “The second wave says, ‘No, you don’t understand. 

You’re not a wave, 
you’re part of the ocean.’” 
               (From M. Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie)

Everybody knows waves mean..... many things. As the saying goes: "You pays y'r money and you takes the chances."

Now Do this test When my country ruled the waves

What your Business Card Etiquette says about you! from Mark Jeffries

    1. Business Card Etiquette in ............

  • Have one side of your business card translated into local language printed in gold ink since gold is an auspicious colour. 
  • Your business card should include your title. If your company is the oldest or largest in your country, that fact should be highlighted on your card. 
  • Hold the card in both hands when offering it.
  • Never write on someone's card unless so directed.

    2. Business Card Etiquette in ............

  • If you have a university degree or any honour, put it on your business card. 
  • Always use the right hand to give and receive business cards. 
  • Business cards need not be translated into the native language as English is widely spoken within the business community.

    3. Business Card Etiquette in ............

  • Business cards are exchanged with great ceremony. 
  • Invest in quality cards.
  • Make sure your business card includes your title. The locals place emphasis on status and hierarchy.
  • Business cards are always received with two hands but can be given with only one.

    4. Business Card Etiquette in ............

  • Business card etiquette is relaxed in the country and involves little ceremony.
  • It is not considered bad etiquette to keep cards in a pocket.
  • Business cards should be kept clean and presentable.
  • Do not feel obliged to hand out a business card to everyone you meet as it is not expected.

Answer KEY:
Do not waive the rules,
Do not cheat....
see the end of our post

Linguistic crossroads. Some meanings are best avoided:
  • The name Coca-Cola in China was first rendered as Ke-kou-ke-la. Unfortunately, the Coke company did not discover until after thousands of signs had been printed that the phrase means "bite the wax tadpole" or "female horse stuffed with wax" 
  • In Taiwan, the translation of the Pepsi slogan "Come alive with the Pepsi Generation" came out as "Pepsi will bring your ancestors back from the dead." 
  • Microsoft had to think twice about bringing its Bing search engine here because in Chinese, the most common definitions of the character pronounced “bing” are “disease,” “defect” and “virus” — rather inauspicious for a computer product. 
  • Peugeot (Biao zhi) sounds enough like the Chinese slang for “whore

KEY    When my country ruled the waves

1-China    2-India   3- Japan  and 4-UK

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