Handshakes make all the difference!


Shaking a hand within the first 10 seconds of meeting someone is a gesture we Corporate and Business leaders are all used to. But, truly speaking, how many of us have actually mastered this art that could make or break a person’s first impression of us?

While the average handshakes usually don’t stick in our memories, bad handshakes, sadly, do stick for a long time. And, the last thing you want after leaving a networking session, a meeting, an interview, or even a family gathering is to be remembered as the one with limp noodles as fingers or bone-crushing lobster claws as hands.

As a habit, never Use These Handshakes

1. Sweaty palms

This is usually the sign of a nervous person. When a person is nervous their sympathetic nervous system often becomes overactive, sometimes resulting in sweaty palms.

2. Dead fish: Of all the types of handshakes, the ‘dead fish’ is the most infamous one. The hand has no energy, there is no shake, no squeeze, not even a pinch, and it gives the feeling you are holding a dead fish instead of a hand. This handshake is a synonym to low self-esteem.

3. Brush off: 

This handshake type is a quick grasp and then a release that feels like your hand being shoved aside. This handshake is a statement of “it’s my turf and my agenda that matters, yours doesn’t.”

4. The two-handed handshake: Usually seen among Politicians, this type of handshake is said to convey the meaning of warmness, friendly, honest and trustworthy. But there’s a catch here: if his/her left hand is staying on your hand, it is a sincere handshake. However, if the hand goes up your wrist, your arms or your elbow, he is trying to get something from you.

5. Controller: 

You feel your hand being pulled toward the person or strongly guided in a different direction, perhaps towards a chair. People who do this are controllers. This means they want to dominate any inanimate or animate object in the room (and that would include you).



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