Business Card Finesse

One of your most effective networking tools is your simple, low-tech business card. Since you only get a few moments to make the best possible positive first impression on a stranger, what you do – and don’t do – with your business card can make a significant difference. Consider these simple Finesse Strategies.

  1. Don’t give your card to people at the beginning of a conversation. Wait until you have a reason to want their card or to want them to have yours.
  2. After a short focused chat, if you’re interested, then ask them for their card. Write a note on the back indicating where you met and what you discussed. This should prompt them to ask for yours.
  3. If they don’t, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re not interested in you. It just means they haven’t asked you for your card … yet.
  4. Then, say, “May I give you my card?” instead of “Would you like my card?” Almost everyone will say yes. And don’t take it out of your pocket until they do. Write a similar note on the back of yours.

These simple little techniques can help you to network with business card finesse and project a professional and uncommonly courteous first impression. They can also help differentiate you from the rest of the amateurs networking at the same event.


  1. Rod Parks
    Posted June 1, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Permalink


    Great little networking tip. Thanks

    • Phil Stella
      Posted June 1, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

      Rod, glad that point resonate with you.

      Whenever you use this method, you project a refreshingly different and classy impression on other people … and save a lot of your cards from going into the trash.