6 Tips for a Good Handshake


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Handshakes are the only acceptable physical contact for men & women in the business arena.

  1. Handshakes are the universally accepted business greeting. Hugs & kisses are taboo in the business arena.

  2. You are judged by the quality of the handshake.

  3. A good handshake:

    • keep the fingers together with the thumb up and open
    • slide your hand into the other person's so that each person's web of skin between thumb and forefingers touches the other's
    • squeeze firmly.

  4. A proper handshake:

    • is firm, but not bone-crushing
    • lasts about 3 seconds
    • may be "pumped" once or twice from the elbow
    • is released after the shake, even if the introduction continues
    • includes good eye contact with the other person

  5. Extend a hand when:

    • meeting someone for the first time
    • meeting someone you haven't seen for a while
    • greeting your host(ess)
    • greeting guests
    • saying good-bye to people at a gathering
    • someone else extends a hand

  6. Handshaking Tips:

    • if your hands tend to be clammy, spray them with antiperspirant at least once a day.
    • avoid giving a cold, wet handshake by keeping your drink in the left hand.

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