A consistent greeting in the American culture is the handshake. Other countries greet with a bow, a hug, a kiss on the cheek, etc. Each culture has its own unique form of greeting. But in the business culture, a handshake is the acceptable norm.
Did you know you are judged by the quality of your handshake?
Here are a few tips for a great handshake (from etiquetteinternational.com):
- A proper handshake:
- is firm but not bone-crushing
- lasts about 3 seconds
- may be “pumped” from the elbow once or twice
- includes good eye contact
- is released after the shake, even if the introduction continues
- Extend a hand when:
- meeting someone for the first time
- greeting your host/hostess
- greeting guests
- saying good-bye
- someone else extends a hand
- Other tips:
- Dry your hands if they are clammy or sweaty
Your handshake helps create a first impression of you. Aim for a firm, solid handshake (not weak or limp) that exudes a level of warmth and confidence.
Question for you: Are you aware of the quality of your handshake?