The Handshake!

The Wikipedia encyclopedia defines a handshake as a short ritual in which two people grasp their right or left hands, often accompanied by a brief shake of the grasped hands. The handsake is commonly done upon meeting, greeting, parting, offering congratulations or completing an agreement. It's purpose is to convey trust, balance, and equality. Generally it is considered inapropriate to reject a handshake.

Some rules to follow when shaking:

Eye Contact: Always look your fellow shaker in the eye, this shows you have nothing to hide.

Don't Over Squeeze: Guys this means you! You want to be firm but remember that you really don't want to cause pain!

Dry Hands: Make sure your hands are dry and clean. If you tend to sweat when you are nervous then keep your hands open during the meeting, this may help.

Keep it Simple: Each hand shake shoud be 2 to 3 pumps and no fancy stuff! No high fives or doodly do do's. Save these for your kids or friends!
Overall your goal with your handshake is to show trust, balance and equality as stated in Wikipedia, so have this mindset when you shake and it will be perfect!

Happy Shaking!

Author's Bio: 

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