Your Job Depends On It
Let’s never forget, as we talk about building our credibility through blogging and SM, that in our people based, face to face business it is still the simplest, lowest tech things that can make or break us. And first impressions matter, I daresay more than ever as our world becomes seemingly more impersonal with every click of our mouse or keyboard. Need proof? New research by the University of Iowa confirms your handshake speaks volumes to those looking to hire you and, as a matter of fact, they say your grip tells a lot about your personality. What do potential clients and customers learn about you when you shake their hand?
What’s Your Type?
It is interesting to think about all of the people we shake hands with and take note of the impressions we get. Of course we don’t speak them out loud, but what kind of things go through our minds as we grip another’s hand in greeting? Do any of these handshake types remind you of anyone? Yourself perhaps? When is a handshake not appropriate? Why do you think the research suggests “It is women who may benefit more than men if they present a ‘strong and complete grip when they shake hands’?”
I guess this latest handshake report is good news for us maniacal computers…all this typing and clicking ensures our hands are well-toned and strong, giving us an edge in the handshake department! We just need to be sure we put as much effort in to perfecting our handshake as we do in creating our profiles on Twitter, Facebook, et al. First impressions count, online AND offline.