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Published on October 25, 2017

7 Business Card Holders for You To Look Professional at External Meetings

7 Business Card Holders for You To Look Professional at External Meetings

People exchange business cards all the time at business events, from conference, happy hours, seminars, lunch meetings, or product launches. You probably have a few business cards in your wallet already with this in mind.

But having just a few business cards in your wallet won’t cut it. Cards easily crinkle or crumble on the edges, rendering them totally unprofessional-looking. And your wallet any hold so many cards before they start to bulge or fall out. These cards must be stored in a sturdier and more professional holder.

Having a business card holder is incredibly important for those of us who have to attend business meetings outside of our own companies or organizations. So here at Lifehack, we have handpicked seven business card holders so you don’t need to worry about giving out crumpled-up business cards again!

1. NOMĒ Slim Business Credit Card

    You will appear smart and polished with this slim card holder. This professional business card holder features a steel interior, soft-touch bicast leather, and a suede finish.

    This beautiful design is matched by its performance. The polished stainless steel construction won’t bend or crease your cards. The curved, slim design that sits comfortably in your pocket and also prevents theft.

    The Nome slim business card card holder easily fits up to 20 business cards or seven credit cards, and it stays shut with a magnetic clasp that won’t demagnetize your cards. For the price, you can’t beat the premium materials and functionality.

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    NOMĒ Slim Business Credit Card, $9.99.

    2. MaxGear Professional Business Card Holder

      The MaxGear professional business card holder can hold approximately 12-18 business cards. It’s also totally suitable for ID cards, credit cards, gift cards and more, depending on your specific business needs. You can fit this sleek ID card into a larger wallet, purse, pocket, or briefcase.

      The super-sleek design is polished and protects your cards. The absolutely professional businesslike appearance will leave your clients, associates, and peers a truly great impression.

      MaxGear Professional Business Card Holder, $6.85.

      3. UBAYMAX Leather Business Name Card Holder Case Wallet

        For a polished and self-assured look, leather is the exterior material of choice. The UBAYMAX leather business card holder does not disappoint: it’s stylish and comes in with several different color options, allowing you to personalize your style much more than a stainless steel card holder can.

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        Keep your cards clean and unbent, with the magnetic shut as well as an interior made with soft lining. These features will all provide more protection to your card as you store them in style.

        UBAYMAX Leather Business Name Card Holder Case Wallet, $6.99.

        4. SunplusTrade Professional Business Card Holder Case

          SunplusTrade professional business card holder case is a slim and barebones style for those of us who prefer a more minimalist feel. The sturdy construction is made with high-quality stainless steel with a brushed satin finish.

          Store your business cards, or credit cards, ID cards, etc., in this unassuming but sleek case. You can keep around 13 to 18 business cards in this case at once.

          SunplusTrade Professional Business Card Holder Case, $5.99.

          5. Partstock(TM) Business Name Card Holder

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            Partstock’s design holds more than to 25 business cards, credit cards or IDs. Made with a combination of stainless steel and durable leather, this card holder is both stylish and protective.

            This sleek design will totally disappear in your pocket or hand: it feels incredibly comfortable with its leather cover, for which you can choose from a variety of different colors and patterns.

            Partstock(TM) Business Name Card Holder, $6.99 (different colors patterns available).

            6. Partstock PU Leather Wallet Case with Magnetic Shut, Yellow

              Partstock makes this slightly different design for people who are love an extra design pop. If you’re not satisfied with the traditional and everyday stainless steel design, this is the business card holder for you.

              The product has a fine texture and comfortable tactile impression, able to hold more than 25 business cards. If you’re looking for a higher-capacity business card holder with a variety of colors to choose from, this one is for you.

              Partstock PU Leather Wallet Case with Magnetic Shut, Yellow, $8.99 (more colors available).

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              7. KINGFOM™ Stainless Steel Wallet Business Name Credit ID Card Holder Case

                KINGFOM’s unique design makes it super easy to slide out your business cards, credit cards, or ID. Premium Stainless Steel with a combination of high polish and beautiful satin finish leave the impression of a high-powered business executive.

                Perfect rounded edges – not sharp – ensure comfort in your pocket, bag, briefcase. For the ultimate business card holder that screams “CEO,” get the KINGFOM for your networking needs.

                KINGFOM™ Stainless Steel Wallet Business Name Credit ID Card Holder Case, $5.99.

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                The Productivity Paradox: What Is It And How Can We Move Beyond It?

                The Productivity Paradox: What Is It And How Can We Move Beyond It?

                It’s a depressing adage we’ve all heard time and time again: An increase in technology does not necessarily translate to an increase in productivity.

                Put another way by Robert Solow, a Nobel laureate in economics,

                “You can see the computer age everywhere but in the productivity statistics.”

                In other words, just because our computers are getting faster, that doesn’t mean that that we will have an equivalent leap in productivity. In fact, the opposite may be true!

                New York Times writer Matt Richel wrote in an article for the paper back in 2008 that stated, “Statistical and anecdotal evidence mounts that the same technology tools that have led to improvements in productivity can be counterproductive if overused.”

                There’s a strange paradox when it comes to productivity. Rather than an exponential curve, our productivity will eventually reach a plateau, even with advances in technology.

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                So what does that mean for our personal levels of productivity? And what does this mean for our economy as a whole? Here’s what you should know about the productivity paradox, its causes, and what possible solutions we may have to combat it.

                What is the productivity paradox?

                There is a discrepancy between the investment in IT growth and the national level of productivity and productive output. The term “productivity paradox” became popularized after being used in the title of a 1993 paper by MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson, a Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the Director of the MIT Center for Digital Business.

                In his paper, Brynjolfsson argued that while there doesn’t seem to be a direct, measurable correlation between improvements in IT and improvements in output, this might be more of a reflection on how productive output is measured and tracked.[1]

                He wrote in his conclusion:

                “Intangibles such as better responsiveness to customers and increased coordination with suppliers do not always increase the amount or even intrinsic quality of output, but they do help make sure it arrives at the right time, at the right place, with the right attributes for each customer.

                Just as managers look beyond “productivity” for some of the benefits of IT, so must researchers be prepared to look beyond conventional productivity measurement techniques.”

                How do we measure productivity anyway?

                And this brings up a good point. How exactly is productivity measured?

                In the case of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, productivity gain is measured as the percentage change in gross domestic product per hour of labor.

                But other publications such as US Today, argue that this is not the best way to track productivity, and instead use something called Total Factor Productivity (TFP). According to US Today, TFP “examines revenue per employee after subtracting productivity improvements that result from increases in capital assets, under the assumption that an investment in modern plants, equipment and technology automatically improves productivity.”[2]

                In other words, this method weighs productivity changes by how much improvement there is since the last time productivity stats were gathered.

                But if we can’t even agree on the best way to track productivity, then how can we know for certain if we’ve entered the productivity paradox?

                Possible causes of the productivity paradox

                Brynjolfsson argued that there are four probable causes for the paradox:

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                • Mis-measurement – The gains are real but our current measures miss them.
                • Redistribution – There are private gains, but they come at the expense of other firms and individuals, leaving little net gain.
                • Time lags – The gains take a long time to show up.
                • Mismanagement – There are no gains because of the unusual difficulties in managing IT or information itself.

                There seems to be some evidence to support the mis-measurement theory as shown above. Another promising candidate is the time lag, which is supported by the work of Paul David, an economist at Oxford University.

                According to an article in The Economist, his research has shown that productivity growth did not accelerate until 40 years after the introduction of electric power in the early 1880s.[3] This was partly because it took until 1920 for at least half of American industrial machinery to be powered by electricity.”

                Therefore, he argues, we won’t see major leaps in productivity until both the US and major global powers have all reached at least a 50% penetration rate for computer use. The US only hit that mark a decade ago, and many other countries are far behind that level of growth.

                The paradox and the recession

                The productivity paradox has another effect on the recession economy. According to Neil Irwin,[4]

                “Sky-high productivity has meant that business output has barely declined, making it less necessary to hire back laid-off workers…businesses are producing only 3 percent fewer goods and services than they were at the end of 2007, yet Americans are working nearly 10 percent fewer hours because of a mix of layoffs and cutbacks in the workweek.”

                This means that more and more companies are trying to do less with more, and that means squeezing two or three people’s worth of work from a single employee in some cases.

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                According to Irwin, “workers, frightened for their job security, squeezed more productivity out of every hour [in 2010].”

                Looking forward

                A recent article on Slate puts it all into perspective with one succinct observation:

                “Perhaps the Internet is just not as revolutionary as we think it is. Sure, people might derive endless pleasure from it—its tendency to improve people’s quality of life is undeniable. And sure, it might have revolutionized how we find, buy, and sell goods and services. But that still does not necessarily mean it is as transformative of an economy as, say, railroads were.”

                Still, Brynjolfsson argues that mismeasurement of productivity can really skew the results of people studying the paradox, perhaps more than any other factor.

                “Because you and I stopped buying CDs, the music industry has shrunk, according to revenues and GDP. But we’re not listening to less music. There’s more music consumed than before.

                On paper, the way GDP is calculated, the music industry is disappearing, but in reality it’s not disappearing. It is disappearing in revenue. It is not disappearing in terms of what you should care about, which is music.”

                Perhaps the paradox isn’t a death sentence for our productivity after all. Only time (and perhaps improved measuring techniques) will tell.

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