Learn to give the perfect handshake.
The handshake has been around since ancient times, and to this days it remains common among many cultures and hemispheres. A good handshake can have a major impact on the decision of whether you will get a new job.
- Before you shake hands, make sure your hands are free and not cold.
Avoid holding cold drinks with your right hand.
- Make sure to use plenty of eye contact, and smile warmly but briefly.
A smile that is too large is not good for a first impression.
- Keep your head straight, without tilting it in any way. Face the person fully.
- Keep your hand perfectly perpendicular.
If you’re in doubt, angle your thumb straight to the ceiling.
- The space between your thumb and index finger should be wide open to make sure you get optimal thumb-web contact.
- Ensure contact between the palms of your hands by keeping your palm flat—not cupped—and by draping your hand across your partner’s diagonally.
- Try to wrap your fingers around your partner’s hand, scaling them one by one, as if you were giving a hug with your hand.
- Once full contact is made, lock your thumb down and squeeze firmly, about as much as your partner does.
Shake from the elbow (not the wrist), linger for a moment if you want to convey particular warmth, and step back.
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