June 28 is National Handshake Day. Celebrate with the Public Speaker and learn the right (and wrong) ways to shake hands.
Smile and make eye contact with the person first.
If you are seated, stand up. It’s a sign of respect. Then step toward the person.
While stepping forward, extend your right hand for the shake. North American etiquette says that you always offer your right hand. If you’re in a situation where you’ll be meeting new people, try to keep your right hand free.
Create a firm grip by making web-to-web contact. If you accidentally grab the fingers instead, just adjust your grip.
End the handshake in 3-4 seconds, or when the other person loosens their grip.
If your palms are sweating, discreetly wipe them on a napkin or your leg before extending your hand for a shake.
In our global society, it's very important to be aware of cultural differences. Handshakes do vary by culture. For example, a handshake in Japan is limper than an American handshake. If you are traveling to another country, brush up on the local handshake etiquette before you go. If you are from another culture, but doing business in North America or mostly with North Americans, follow the rules I prescribed above.
If you want to learn more about this, listen to my episode on North American Business Handshaking.
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