Delivering a proper handshake is harder than you might think. I give countless presentations where I speak on professional skills. I usually feel I have to encourage my female attendees to give a firmer, more deliberate handshake, however, I sometimes get a surprising reaction from men on this topic. I often have male attendees that tell me they give what I call the “dead fish” handshake because they’ve never been sure of exactly how they should shake a woman’s hand. They worry that they will hurt us. I tell them you don’t have to be a bone crusher when shaking the hand of a man OR a woman. Just treat women as your equal and offer a firm, respectful gesture.