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post #16 of 56
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It's basically the equivalent as asking someone what astrological sign they are, and then judging what type of person they are from the response. (I.E. Leos love being the center of attention, and are good leaders. They can also be egotists... RAWR.) The Japanese think that blood type tell alot about personality, and they take it very seriously. In some rare occasions, you may be doing business with a person, and he or she will find out that you are not of compatible blood types, and then someone else who's blood type compliments yours will take over for him or her in the negotiations. Or you may have a better chance with scoring chicks in a bar if you have compatible blood types...
You're f**kin' kidding, right?  That would be such a great line.
It does open a whole new field of pickup lines. "Hey Babe...B positive with me." etc... Or some other catchy lines with the universal types... Also room for fraud. You know. Have a different business card for every type possible. Interesting. JJF
post #17 of 56
I happen to be an "O" AND a Leo, if anyone puts any weight into that kind of thing.
post #18 of 56
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Heres an interesting link about the psychology Japanese Blood Type Essay An article from the Japan Times Japan Times Article and a loose interpretation of blood type categories Blood types and finally, an exerpt from the BBC Blood types and marketing...
Very cool info, Tokyo, thanks. We ought to have an 'unusual cultural eccentricity' thread... Regards, Huntsman
post #19 of 56
Bringing this thread back up, as I am considering getting some business cards made and was checking into how they might go over in Japan... Here is a short primer on Japanese meishi (business card) etiquette. Helpful tip: Do not pick your teeth with another person's card. Edit: More Japanese Business Card etiquette
post #20 of 56
Blood type is important in some circles in Japan. A currently airing television program has celebrities divided by blood type taking various tests...("AB's are much better at finding their way in the woods.  O's don't like spicy food. A's and O's can't cooperate on the scavenger hunt...") But in 12 years of doing business with Japanese/in Japan, I've never seen anyone put blood type on a business card/resume, or heard of any business deal falling apart due to the blood type of the people involved.  The topic does come up in small talk though, particularly with women, who seem to place great stock in it. I'd urge professionals considering doing business in Japan to refrain from putting their blood type on their cards, or putting too much emphasis on it unless they are dealing primarily with (young) women. Bic
post #21 of 56
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The classiest is one where your name (and only your name) appears in black type, centered horizontally and vertically. Reaching into your suit pocket for your pen and writing your phone number on your card before handing it to someone can be very charming.
This isn't a business card, it's a social card.  Though I agree that the charm is there. Edit: sorry, someone earlier in this thread mentioned this.
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PRICE (Suddenly enthused) What's that, a gram? BATEMAN New card. What do you think? McDermott lifts it up and examines the lettering carefully. McDERMOTT Whoa. Very nice. Take a look. He hands it to Van Patten. BATEMAN Picked them up from the printers yesterday VAN PATTEN Good coloring. BATEMAN That's bone. And the lettering is something called Silian Rail. McDERMOTT (Envious) Silian Rail? VAN PATTEN It is very cool, Bateman. But that's nothing. He pulls a card out of his wallet and slaps it on the table. VAN PATTEN Look at this. They all lean forward to inspect it. PRICE That's really nice. Bateman clenches his fists beneath the table, trying to control his anxiety. VAN PATTEN Eggshell with Romalian type. (Turning to Bateman) What do you think? BATEMAN (Barely able to breath, his voice a croak) Nice. PRICE (Holding the card up to the light) Jesus. This is really super. How'd a nitwit like you get so tasteful? Bateman stares at his own card and then enviously at McDermott's. BATEMAN (V.O.) I can't believe that Price prefers McDermott's card to mine. PRICE But wait. You ain't seen nothin' yet. He holds up his own card. PRICE Raised lettering, pale nimbus white... BATEMAN (Choking with anxiety) Impressive. Very nice. Let's see Paul Owen's card. Price pulls a card from an inside coat pocket and holds it up for their inspection: "PAUL OWEN, PIERCE & PIERCE, MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS." Bateman swallows, speechless. The sound in the room dies down and all we hear is a faint heartbeat as Bateman stares at the magnificent card. BATEMAN (V.O.) Look at that subtle off-white coloring. The tasteful thickness of it. Oh my God, it even has a watermark... His hand shaking, Bateman lifts up the card and stares at it until it fills the screen. He lets it fall.
post #23 of 56
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it really depends what you do. I need to be in touch and available to a lot of people - I have several telephone numbers, my address, my email, my webpage on the card, along with my tittle.
Your name, in large font. A cell phone number (get a cell phone and use it only for business). Your email address (maybe an alternative, like the cell phone number). And your elevator message. This is the list of necessary items for this communication age. Try to keep it simple.
post #24 of 56
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(globetrotter @ 16 Nov. 2004, 12:51) it really depends what you do. I need to be in touch and available to a lot of people - I have several telephone numbers, my address, my email, my webpage on the card, along with my tittle.
Your name, in large font.  A cell phone number (get a cell phone and use it only for business).  Your email address (maybe an alternative, like the cell phone number).  And your elevator message. This is the list of necessary items for this communication age.  Try to keep it simple.
What's an "elevator message" ?
post #25 of 56
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What's an "elevator message" ?
Originally derived from an "elevator pitch" where a person will sell a business idea/strategy/product in the time it takes to ride up an elevator. It's one concise line that explains what you do. Slightly OT, but is it acceptable to put a phone number on a calling card or is it strictly your name? Aaron P.S.>I love Bateman's expression in that scene.
post #26 of 56
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What's an "elevator message" ?
Originally derived from an "elevator pitch" where a person will sell a business idea/strategy/product in the time it takes to ride up an elevator. It's one concise line that explains what you do. Slightly OT, but is it acceptable to put a phone number on a calling card or is it strictly your name? Aaron P.S.>I love Bateman's expression in that scene.
Traditionally, there would be no phone number. Maybe this changed or has changed.
post #27 of 56
I am reviving this thread. Can anyone suggest a good website for business cards and the best business card font? Thanks.
post #28 of 56
I was at a club a few years ago and this guy gave me his number via a card with his name/#/email printed on it. Needless to say I did not call him back.
post #29 of 56
Connedude Enterprises, Inc.
196 Corporate Dr.
New York, NY 10001
post #30 of 56
The business card scene is a classic (killer..) Back to topic, I carry a my own cards for social & private reasons. My card is black with red print on one side & matt white on the reverse to pen extra details etc. The only details I have is my full name & email.
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