A Question Of Business Card Etiquette
Remember I discussed about a month back about different business cards and how once you hand over your business cards there’s no point in self-deprecating because they want to speak to you and don’t really care about your business card and what it looks like? Well, today I have a question for you kind folks about business card etiquette – as well as my own opinion on the subject (obviously).
This all hinges on what I was told about a year ago by some guy I met at Social Media Day 2010 Toronto. He told me that when you are handed a business card it is bad etiquette to put it in your back pocket. Personally, I used to always put them in my back pocket because every other pocket of mine already had a purpose. Front two were cell phone & gum, backup phone battery, & other miscellany whereas one of my back pockets always had my wallet. Because my other back pocket was completely free I always thought it was a great place to store my received business cards at events. Not so, said this gentleman, because you are putting them near your butt it is a sign of disrespect. Ever since, I have tried to follow this whether or not he was right it sounded like something I didn’t want to risk. This, however brings me to the question.
You’ve been handed a business card at a networking event. Is it acceptable to pull your wallet out and pop it in there? Yes, the wallet will be going back to your back pocket – which is not a sign of respect – but because it is in the wallet does that negate the negative overtone of the back pocket?
I think that yes, the card going into your wallet totally does negate the bad etiquette of putting it in your back pocket.
Maybe it is because I still don’t fully agree with the concept of it being bad etiquette to put it in your back pocket. My reason for putting it there is completely rational – it is an empty pocket and one I don’t usually keep things in, unless it is a to-do list in which case I will probably be even more likely to see the business cards and contact the people later. But then again, that’s just me I suppose.
Either way, I think putting it in my wallet is a completely reasonable place to put the obtained business card and where I keep my wallet is irrelevant to the etiquette of the whole situation.
What do you folks think? Am I right? Wrong? Is the whole concept of it being bad etiquette to put a received business card in your back pocket complete garbage?
One final question – is there a big book or website of etiquette where I can look this kind of thing up? I am going to have to look into this myself but if you know of one, please do let me know!
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