📣 The Evolution of the Name Card Printing

The Evolution of the Name Card Printing

You stroll into the meeting room, cool and confident. Your interpreter, renowned for his accuracy and clarity, walks professionally by your side. You smile, bow, and shake hands with Mr. Heishi, CEO of a multi-billion-dollar company and a potential client. He hands you his Name Card Printing, both hands delicately gripping each corner of the beautifully ornamented object. 

You smile, jam it in your pocket with your cell phone, and quickly hand him yours.

And lose a $15-million-dollar investment astonishingly quick.

Fortunately, this extreme situation most likely won’t happen to you. However, it is still crucial to recognize the importance of etiquette and protocol in regards to Name Card Printing. Let’s look at some history behind the modern Name Card Printing, as well as a few tips on how to properly exchange Name Card Printing around the world.

The earliest use of a Name Card Printing dates back to 15th century China, where a “visiting card”, or Name Card Printing, marked the desire for a meeting between two individuals. These cards were essential in the self-promotion of traders and businessmen. They could even be delivered to the doorstep of wealthy elites, where a servant would receive and organize all of the cards delivered to the house. Then, the businessman could review all of the cards he had received, and decide who to arrange a meeting with. 

Later, in 17th century Europe, the use of the Name Card Printing exploded across the continent. Engraved with gold and adorned with delicate textures, the Name Card Printing became a must-have in the emerging industrial world. Britain, France, Germany, and others all began relying on the Name Card Printing as a convenient and savvy way to arrange meetings. In the 19th century, a different type of Name Card Printing emerged, which was referred to as the “calling card”. This new derivative was used more in a social setting, but still possessed a strict and complex set of protocols regarding its use. For example, if a man wanted to visit a woman who still lived with her parents, he would fold down a designated corner of the card, indicating his desire to see her and her alone.

Finally, the revolutionary tool for business made its way to America. In the 20th century, as the United States continued to evolve, its business practices became more complex and formal. The perfect addition to this evolution of American business was the Name Card Printing. Executives, CEOs, and even people simply looking for work began to advertise themselves or their companies with their favorite new tool. Around the globe, the Name Card Printing had become an invaluable asset in the world of networking.

As we consider their use today, here’s a simple set of tips that, if followed, will allow you to courteously exchange Name Card Printing with entrepreneurs and the like across the world:

• Keep nice, clean, and crisp Name Card Printing. 

• Always have a surplus of Name Card Printing on hand. 

• Keep a specific container for your Name Card Printing in order to preserve and organize them. 

• Don't offer a card too early in the interaction and avoid looking pushy and unprofessional. 

• When doing business in a foreign country, always have your Name Card Printing translated on one side in the client or host’s language. 

• In Japan and China, it is customary to handle Name Card Printing with both hands. 

• Never fold, mark, tear, or otherwise alter a Name Card Printing in the owner’s presence. To some, the Name Card Printing is an extension of their business or themselves, and thus such actions are extremely insulting. While in some cultures it is customary to write on or make notes on a Name Card Printing, it is always best to do so after you have left the conversation, never in front of the other person. 

• A comment or other form of displaying interest in a business card is a compliment to the card’s owner.