HANDSHAKES AND INTRODUCTIONS
"The handshake of the host affects the taste of the roast." Benjamin Franklin.
The #Etiquette Tuesday is going to talk about Handshakes. Etiquette touches all elements. Your appearance. Your attitude. Your service. Your environment. Now, handshake is one of the first impression you make on a date. In business a handshake is more than just a greeting. It says a lot about your personality and confidence level.
A handshake is an important tool in making the right first impression. Shaking hands is appropriate when you are renewing an acquaintance. Acknowledging someone who enters your office or home. When greeting a client, new coworker, or someone you are meeting for the first time. When leaving a business or social event.
You don't shake hands when someone has his or her hands full with things, because putting everything down to extend his or her hand would be a big inconvenience. A handshake should be brief.
5 tips to an impressive handshake:
1. Stand For Handshake.
Handshakes are offered and received in an upright stance. Unless if you can not move within the confines of space.
2. Begin With An Introduction.
Introduce yourself before extending your hand for a shake. Extending your hand without an introduction may mean you are not sure of handling confidential meetings.
3. Use One Hand.
Don't ever handshake with two hands. It is an improper thing to do. Use only one hand-your right hand for the shake. A handshake should also be very firm and friendly.
4. Shake In A Vertical Motion.
Shake from your elbow using your upper arm straight through to your hand. The range of motion should be 2 or 3 inches.
5. End The Handshake Before The Introduction Is Over.
A good handshake is held for 3 or 4 seconds. However end the shake before you finish introducing yourself.