Friday, October 3, 2008

Fancy Fridays


As we are planning to visit Japan in the near future for business, I thought it fitting to discuss some business card "do's and don'ts" in Japan.

Like the Chinese, Japanese treat business cards with respect. You will be well advised to avoid typical American brashness in this area if you wish to seal the deal. You should also hand out double-sided business cards in Japan. Here are a few more pointers:

- When you receive and give business cards, you have to do so with both hands and slightly bow while doing it.

- Like in China, make sure that you present the card with its Japanese side showing up so that the recipient can read it immediately, without need of turning the card around.

- You have to study the cards, make a mental note of the names, and then you can put away in your business card holders. Or better yet, lay all the cards on the table so that you can distinguish who's who, especially during a first meeting.

Just remember all these and you will be fine in both Asian and American environments.

5 comments:

Deanna said...

My husband deals with Asian clients all the time and has told me a lot about this. He also says it is very important to only handle the business cards by their corners. When you receive all the business cards you should lay them on the table in a column with the most senior person's card at the top with the next senior person's card next, etc...

Business cards are a physical symbol of that person so you have to respect it as you would the person.

Great post.

Jennifer and Jason Young said...

What a cool think to learn! Thank you! Do you have any ideas on thoughtful gestures you can do to show friends/family you care about them. It is so hard to have quality time these days and was wondering if you had any cute ideas to let people know you care. thanks a bunch! you are my go to gal for manners. xo

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Jennifer and Jason Young said...

oh my heavens... thing and love you lots!!!... duh so tired...

Janine said...

I think there are many things you can do to show others that you love and care about them; that you are thinking of them. We do live in such a fast paced world, but in this day of technology, there is always time for a text, an email, or a quick phone call. I will think some more on this subject and come up with some creative ways you can show you care!
Thank you for your sweet comments...love you!

 
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