The handshake has been around for centuries and sends a variety of messages:
"It's a pleasure to meet you."
"You can trust me."
"We're in business."
With so many things to say, it's important to know how to shake hands properly. For if performed incorrectly, it is rarely forgotten.
Now, don't panic!
Learning the art of the handshake is so easy you'll no doubt realize you've been aiming to do it correctly all along.
You'll hardly notice it happening, but the "webtouch" is where the true handshake begins! And if this meeting doesn't occur, the great handshake won't happen.
The first two steps are worth your attention - it can be awkward if your hands don't meet correctly or you close before completing the clasp.
A bad handshake can make an impression. Have you ever shook hands with someone who had the "dead fish" syndrome or with someone who must have thought that "firm" meant a bone-crushing grip? If you had to choose where to land, aim for the middle.
Get comfortable with your handshake by practicing with everyone you can. Seek feedback from close friends and family members. The important thing is to reach out to others and as you do so establish eye contact. Go first!
And one very important rule for everyone: When you shake a hand, stand up!
If you are nervous about shaking hands, do your best not to attempt enhancing the act by placing your left hand over the other hands, or patting your partner's upper arm or shoulder. Depending on the occasion, this can make you seem insincere or over-eager.
The basic rule is: The handshake is enough. If you forget and touch another part of the other person's body during the handshake, give yourself a break for the goof! Just keep practicing, taking that first move of reaching out to meet and greet someone else.
If you have possible symptoms of sickness, you still have the responsibility to greet others. You might excuse yourself by saying, “I’m offering a virtual handshake, as I’ve been exposed to someone’s cold.”
Shaking hands is the most common greeting and gesture of good will. It is an art because it takes two people, in unison and agreement, to complete the act. Learn the correct method for performing it and put it to good use for yourself.