Art of Handshaking Part 2 : what to remember?


1. with an Introduction of Yourself

Before extending your hand, introduce yourself. Extending your hand should be part of an introduction, not a replacement for using your voice. Extending your hand without a voice greeting may make you appear nervous or overly aggressive. So always try to sync your handshaking. It must be natural.

2. Shake Your Hand Only 2-3 Times

A business handshake should be brief and to the point. Consider a handshake a short greeting, not a lengthy engagement. Holding on for more than three or four seconds can make other people feel uncomfortable. It may deliver a bad idea than what you are supposed to say

3. Be it gentle and friendly

Do not use a forceful grip. A handshake should be a friendly or respectful gesture, not a show of physical strength.

4. Treat Ladies the same.

Offering only your fingers to shake may be appropriate in some social settings, but in business settings you are an equal, not a “lady.” Extend your entire hand, and be sure to grasp using your entire hand as well.

5. One Hand is Better than Two

Avoid the urge to handshake with two hands. It is always better in business introductions to use only one hand – your right hand – for the shake. The use of two hands with strangers is seen as intrusive, and too personal. In fact, a two-handed shake is called the “politician’s shake,” because it appears artificially friendly when used on people you barely know.

6. Shaking a Sweaty Hand

If you shake hands with someone who has sweaty palms, do not immediately wipe your hands on your clothing, handkerchief, or tissue. This will further embarrass the other person, who is probably already aware they have sweaty hands. You can wipe them on something after you are out of site, and was later.

7. Ending a Handshake
End the handshake after 3-4 seconds. In order to avoid creating an awkward moment, your shake should end before the oral introduction exchange does. Without conversation taking place during the entire handshake, it becomes too intimate, and can feel more like hand holding.

 

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