The Monster Blog had an interesting bit on resolutions yesterday. I particularaly like this one:
“2. Perfect your handshake: In this article, also cited above, Pamela Holland, coauthor of Help! Was That a Career Limiting Move? suggests that employers are much more likely to overlook body piercing and tattoos than wimpy handshakes. She offers valuable tips to improving your shake at the bottom of the article.”
I could not agree more! And ladies – pleeaasse do not do the whimpy lady-like shake. When a businesswoman shakes my hand like a limp fish, I don’t know whether to talk business or offer her tea. And fellas, please do not change your shake when greeting women. I am not saying that a handshake should turn into a strength competition. Confident business people will offer a confident shake, nothing extreme, just straight on, firm, and friendly.
This, of course, applies to Western culture. I different set of rules may apply in other cultures and we should all be cognizant of these practices when doing business internationally.