10 January 2011
Gone By The Wayside: The Handshake
Remember to shake firmly, but do not attempt to dominate or crush your associate.
A handshake should be done with a bare hand, so gloves should be removed first.
It is unacceptable to refuse a handshake unless hindered by injury.
Keep eye contact during the handshake.
Keep the time of contact and number of shakes at a reasonable amount; don't linger too long and don't pull back straight away.
When the handshake is between a superior and his subordinate or across the ranks of social hierarchy, the superior should be the one to initiate the handshake.
Be aware of local customs; when abroad know how their customs regarding the handshake differ from our own.
Don't be afraid to shake hands when greeting close friends; the handshake doesn't have to be only for formal occasions.