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Mastering your handshake to make a great first impression


A proper handshake

Do you know the saying “a picture is worth one thousand words,” well, it should also be “a handshake is worth one thousand words.” The first impression of a handshake can change the course of any relationship, especially professional relationships.

Some people don’t notice handshakes but there are many of us who read a great deal into them. We can tell when someone is conceited, afraid, nervous, weak or strong and are offended by wimpy handshakes (yet annoyed at overly aggressive handshakes).

What kind of handshake to you have? Check out the video above to see if you’re getting all of the points down so you can make a good first impression with your clients.

Sidenote: we disagree with the tip from the video that you should shake with your left hand if your right hand is holding something. Perhaps it is a regional thing, but if you do that in Texas where we are located, you will offend most people as being rude. Put your beer down, wipe your hand and apologize for the damp cold- it’s better than a lefty shake.

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