I’ve been on the professional events circuit lately where I’ve encountered several bad handshakes. There’s the classic icky sweaty palm (yuck!) and the always awkward “lobster claw,” when a person clasps a few of your fingers and then pulls away. We can’t, of course, forget the most awkward of all bad handshakes: the “dead fish.” This is what happens when someone’s hand bones turn into limp spaghetti right before your very eyes. It’s pure torture.
Enjoy this lighthearted YouTube video of the best worst business handshakes:
At the end of the day, people want to make a good first impression that will ideally turn into a positive, lasting impression. Help seal the deal with a solid handshake:
- Start with a dry hand.
- Say your full name (and company name, if necessary).
- Extend your right hand while making eye contact. Don’t overextend.
- While going in for the shake, say “It’s nice to meet you.”
- Throughout this process, make eye contact and smile. Don’t look at the handshake.
- Give it two – maybe three – shakes at the most and then call it a day.
A good handshake should never be remembered, but a bad handshake can live in your mind f-o-r-e-v-e-r.
Do you have a great story about a handshake gone wrong? Post any stories or handshake suggestions in the comments below. Happy shaking!