Do Not Underestimate the Power of the Handshake.
I am fairly certain the incoming generation is unsure about this action. It seems to be confined for those of a certain age, dressed in business attire, working in an office.
People’s hands are so full these days, and a large culprit – cell phone, and eye contact is lacking – looking at cell phone. Just the other day I went to shake someone’s hand and she looked at me as if I was crazy.
What I find delightful is that no matter what language you speak, the handshake is for the most part universally known with very little explanation needed.
“Archaeological ruins and ancient texts show that handshaking was practiced in ancient Greece as far back as the 5th century BC.” You could say it’s been around for some time.
Nowadays, the handshake is a form of a greeting or farewell, an introduction, a well intended gesture, business transactions, or possibly a truce. Some people are even taught how to have just the right grip and shake. If you look up tips for having a good interview, the handshake is part of that list. And, for your reading pleasure, here is a link about proper handshake etiquette around the world.
Here’s the advice part, don’t reserve it for interviews only. Handshakes make a very good first impression but also a lasting impression. It has such history, power and importance.
My suggestion is to make this part of your personal brand. Be known as an individual who conducts themselves respectfully and professionally. The handshake is usually accompanied with a name inquiry and eye contact. If you ask someone their name, remember it. And always look others in the eye. Stand up tall. It doesn’t matter what your job title is, hold yourself as if you command authority.
Handshakes mean so much and are so simple.
Share your thoughts! NikiClark9@gmail.com