Business card / Indonesian culture · 14 April 2022

BUSINESS CARD

Business cards are exchanged during an initial meeting. You will need to give out cards to everyone you meet. Make sure you have a large supply. When handing your card, offer it using the right hand or both hands. Take their card with your left hand and, after studying it carefully, place it in your card wallet or on the desk in front of you.

Never toss or “deal” your business card across the table, as this is considered extremely rude.

Putting the card immediately into your wallet or briefcase without reading can be seen as an insult to the Indonesian business culture. It’s like saying “I’m not interested in getting to know you”.

Business cards are essential items as they give the information necessary to decide who are the senior people present. Cards will be exchanged at the beginning of meetings. Take their card with your left hand and, after studying it carefully, place it in your card wallet or on the desk in front of you.

Your business card should contain as much information as possible, including your title, corporate position, and educational qualifications. People with more qualifications are held in higher regard.

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