The Proper Handshake

Posted on May 14, 2012

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.

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