World Class Handshakes

World Class Handshakes In the North American business arena, strong emphasis is placed on a firm handshake because it speaks loudly about credibility, confidence and professionalism. The handshake conveys crucial messages about status and power in a form of communication that needs no explanation and one that is never misunderstood. It doesn’t matter who offers a hand first. However, the person who does extend a hand first has an advantage.  The advantage is that he or she is establishing control, taking the initiative, and being direct - all pluses in a business situation. What makes a great handshake and leaves a positive impression upon the person with whom you are shaking hands?  First, be sure to always extend your right hand with the thumb up and fingers straight out in a vertical position.  Then, meet the other person’s hand web-to-web. Proceed to shake from the elbow, not the wrist or shoulder. Shake hands by giving two smooth pumps, and be sure to stand in a shoulder-to-shoulder stance. This means you are facing the person with whom you are shaking hands square-on, and making direct eye contact. For more detail about how to master your handshake, ...

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