How to Master Your Handshake

 How to Master Your Handshake In my recent blog, "How to Improve Your Mingling Proficiency,"  I provided 10 tips to help you enhance your people skills and mingle like a pro.  Like mingling skills, your handshake can positively set you apart from others.  This is especially important within the business arena. Handshakes are the ultimate greeting. A handshake is is the physical link between two people as well as the physical greeting that goes with our words.  We notice people non-verbally by their touch, and the way we touch someone in both social and business situations - that is appropriate and customary - is with our handshake. A handshake reveals a great deal about a person, such as their personality, feelings and motivations.  It also conveys one’s attitude toward others. Every time we extend our hand to shake another person’s, we are being evaluated or judged by our handshake - and vice versa. We know a good handshake and bad handshake when we receive one. Have you evaluated your handshake?  Do you know what it is revealing or conveying to others about you? It is important that you do - so practice!  Shake hands with ...

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How to Improve Your Mingling Proficiency

How to Improve Your Mingling Proficiency In my recent blog, "How to Improve your Small Talk Ability," I discussed seven tips to enable you to hone this skill and confidently engage with others in conversation.  A place where we truly get to put our small talk abilities into action is at a networking event. It is therefore important to know how to improve your mingling proficiency when attending such events to ensure you are properly prepared to implement your people skills and mingle like a pro.  Here are ten tips to help you do so: 1. Eat a small amount of food for energy before the event.  You don’t want to appear hungry or thirsty  - even if you are! The purpose for attending a networking event or hosting one goes beyond hunger or thirst.  Know your purpose; you are there to connect and engage with other people.  Stay focused! Hanging out at the bar or food table is counter-productive to your reason for attending a networking event. 2. Make your presence known to key people in the organization. This is a great way to let your superiors know that you’re out front being supportive ...

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