Thursday, October 25, 2007

Handshaking for Men and Women- Is there a difference?

Your handshake should not be memorable for any reason. In other words not too strong or too weak. A firm confident handshake says you are a decision maker, confident, probably competent and that you understand the importance of a good handshake.

When shaking hands with another person, face the person, make eye-contact, smile and extend your hand, fingers straight and thumb up. The base of your thumb, where it meets your palm, should meet the other person’s thumb base. Grasp their hand firmly and pump from the elbow, two times then slowly withdraw your hand. Remember to take your time and not to appear as though you are in a hurry to remove your hand.

Use only your right hand and do not touch the person in any other way, i.e., hugging, air kiss, grasping their hand with your left hand on top of theirs or touching their arm.

The Coach has learned . . . that men and women shake hands the same way.

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At 10:14 AM, Blogger Craig said...

I think that the question should be “Do different cultures shake hands differently?”

You should try shaking hands here in Africa, where the handshake is not a simple clasp-shake-let go maneuver. It is a complicated process of clasping hands, letting go, holding thumbs, and generally getting completely confused!

It is kind of the African version of the European kiss!



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