Change on the cards

Well I’m going to be moving on again shortly, somewhat to my surprise, but having been made an offer I couldn’t refuse. So, to end the year on a lighter note, here’s a tip I’ve picked for up the next time you exchange business cards.

Having been fortunate enough to be invited to my new employer’s worldwide Sales kick-off event in Miami, I was able to enjoy the proceedings hosted by a well regarded business coach. Along with advice on how long to prolong a hand shake (“two shakes then release!”), he also recommended a more Jananese-esque approach to accepting a business card. Rather than simply taking the card and slipping it into a pocket, we were advised, study it for a few moments and try and find something notable on which to comment.

So, should we ever meet and exchange business cards, and I remark on the fact that your phone number has a seven in it, don’t blame me. It’s the training!

Merry Christmas and all the best for 2008.

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