Good Handshaking Skills Strengthen Relationships in Business
Greeting new and familiar people at business networking events traditionally includes shaking hands. A handshake, when performed properly, will communicate confidence and competence; however, a poor performance while shaking a hand leaves the recipient of the clasp feeling ill at ease. Knowing where to grab another’s hand, how hard to grip, and condition of one’s own hand are all helpful in successfully executing this key introductory gesture.
Attendees at networking events should not only be prepared to shake hands at any time, they should be seeking to do so! The hand in question should be ready for action at a moment’s notice.
When it’s time to shake a hand, follow these steps to execute a flawless handshake every time:
Not everyone knows how to shake hands well, and even those that do may not have the tools to do it correctly. Being adaptable in this basic ritual can leave a lasting favorable impression. For example, a person with an injured or arthritic hand may offer fingers only or the left hand to shake; in these cases remember always to maintain eye contact and the proper number of pumps. If a handshake leaves one with the residue of grease or sweat on one’s hand, avoid any facial expressions that show distaste and may embarrass the shaking partner. Wipe the hand off discretely after the exchange to prepare for the next shake.