My blogging friend Jacob Share at Job Mob wrote a great post about the importance of a good handshake.
Here are 10 of his 21 reasons a new friend left a memorable first impression on him with his just-right handshake:
1. Softness – nobody likes shaking hands with sandpaper.
2. No bandages or casts – you don’t want people to think they might hurt you by shaking your hand.
3. Clean – the only thing worse than worrying about hurting someone’s hand is worrying about catching something from them.
4. Few rings or none – the fewer the rings, the less chance of pinching and hurting someone’s hand.
5. Confident reach – don’t wait for someone’s hand to come to yours. Reach for theirs and meet it.
6. Good timing – lock hands without any fumbling, sliding one hand into the other. Aim for the palm, not the fingers.
7. Solid grasp – avoid the dreaded “dead fish”, offering a limp hand. But don’t squeeze so hard you cause pain.
8. Look them in the eye – to prove you’re genuine and sincere.
9. Know when to let go – a good shake usually involves a palm squeeze and release, but be careful if the other person is too quick or too slow, which could lead to an awkward moment. Instead, with a confident reach, be first to engage and disengage.
10. Make it memorable to encourage loyalty – a great handshake is one that makes people want to shake your hand again. For that, they’ll need to have you around them again.