Super Simple Networking Tip #2 of 3: Where Do You Put A Business Card When You Receive One?

Super Simple Networking Tip - Part 2

In my last blog post, I shared with you the one of three super simple networking tips that you can immediately put to use at your next networking event.

Want to know what tip #1 is? Click here to find out.

Want to know what tip #3 is? Click here to find out.

In this video and blog post, I want to share with you the second super simple networking tip, but first let me ask you: When you receive somebody’s business card at a networking event, where is the best place to store it?

A: In your shirt pocket.
B: In your trouser pocket.
C: In your bag?

If you’ve answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then I want you to keep reading and watch the video below because none of these answers are correct.

Super Simple Networking Tip #2: Use a Business Card Case

When I was working in Japan and I’d attend networking events or business meetings, I soon discovered that nobody places business cards in their shirt pocket, trouser pocket, or bag. Instead, everybody places their business cards and the ones they receive in a professional looking business card case.

After investing in one for myself, I soon found that it is a much more efficient and sophisticated way of collecting and storing business cards. And now, even though I’m outside of Japan, I never go to a networking event (or business meeting) without one.

In the image below, you will get a closer look at my business card case. This is what I use to store my business cards, and to store the business cards that I receive at networking events.

It has one pocket where I store the business cards that I receive and a separate pocket where I store my business cards.

It looks professional, elegant and it makes the process of exchanging business cards so much easier.

business card case for networking events

Copyright 2015 Kara Ronin

business card case for networking events

Copyright 2015 Kara Ronin

If you’re looking to invest in a business card case for your own professional events, I encourage you to follow these 5 tips:

1. Choose a colour that is conservative. Black, navy blue, grey, brown, red, or cream are all safe colours.
2. Make sure it has two pockets; one for your business cards, and one for the cards that you receive.
3. Some pattern is good, but loud and overly busy patterns are not.
4. Don’t choose a business card case that has a lot of bling.
5. Make sure the case can fit enough of your business cards for the event (10-15 cards).

I hope you found these tips insightful and useful. If you did, then please share this blog
post and video with your friends.

Now I’d love to hear from you: Which do you usually put business cards that you receive? Please leave your comment in the section below.

About Kara

Kara Ronin is an international business etiquette expert and founder of Executive Impressions. Kara’s advice and unique perspectives have been featured in Time Inc., Business Insider India, Ignites Europe (a Financial Times Service), The Daily Muse, Women 2.0, and more. Kara offers corporate seminars and online training programs on business etiquette, leadership skills, and executive communication around the world. Get Kara's insights delivered straight to your inbox

  • Jane

    Hi Kara, thanks so much for all your posts. Could you please the brand of the card case and where can it be bought? Thanks again!