Aren’t Business Cards Dead?

Kris Dunn Culture, Kris Dunn

I know, I know.  I’m a little bit cynical and yes, the world hasn’t gone digital enough yet to eliminate the business card.  But I’ve been at my current gig for over three years, and haven’t had to reorder off the initial order of 500 cards.  Of course, I’m not in a business development role right now, or I’m sure I would have been to the printer numerous times..

But, do I really need an etiquette lesson on business cards to avoid a faux paus?  I found the following clip at BNET (great site, by the way) as part of their "how to" series, and I have to say, it seems a little overplayed.  Can’t I just bone up on how to present the card to my Japanese homies the night before my meeting with them?

The expert says to pause to look at the face of the person you’re exchanging cards with rather than dealing them out like a rookie poker dealer at a second rate casino (my words, not hers).

Really?  Can you imagine NOT distributing them like a lawn sprinkler as your CEO waits to get the meeting started? In a room with 15 people from two tribes across a single conference room table?

I have to get video for this site going.  It’d be fun to do a "realities of managing" series as a parody of these types of how to….

Kris Dunn

Kris Dunn is a Partner and CHRO at Kinetix, a national RPO firm for growth companies headquartered in Atlanta. He’s also the founder Fistful of Talent (founded in 2008) and The HR Capitalist (2007) – and has written over 70 feature columns at Workforce Management magazine. Prior to his investment at Kinetix, Kris served in HR leadership roles at DAXKO, Charter and Cingular. In his spare time, KD hits the road as a speaker and gives the world what it needs – pop culture references linked to Human Capital street smarts.