Handshakes are the only acceptable physical contact for men & women in the business
- Handshakes are the universally accepted business greeting. Hugs & kisses are taboo
in the business arena.
- You are judged by the quality of the handshake.
- A good handshake:
- keep the fingers together with the thumb up and open
- slide your hand into the other person's so that each person's web of skin between thumb
and forefingers touches the other's
- squeeze firmly.
A proper handshake:
- is firm, but not bone-crushing
- lasts about 3 seconds
- may be "pumped" once or twice from the elbow
- is released after the shake, even if the introduction continues
- includes good eye contact with the other person
Extend a hand when:
- meeting someone for the first time
- meeting someone you haven't seen for a while
- greeting your host(ess)
- greeting guests
- saying good-bye to people at a gathering
- someone else extends a hand
- if your hands tend to be clammy, spray them with antiperspirant at least once a day.
- avoid giving a cold, wet handshake by keeping your drink in the left hand.