I have a particular aversion to the wet fish handshake. You all know what I mean. It is the handshake that comes from someone without any bones in their hands, apparently. Instead of gripping your hand, they offer up this floppy slab of warm tissue for you to attempt to pump in some sort of handshake. It doesn’t work does it? No matter how hard you try, you can’t turn someone else’s handshake into a good, professional one, even if you lead by
What makes a good handshake? It should be firm, but not bone-crushing. You shouldn’t
shake for so long the person starts trying to pull their hand out of the shake. And you shouldn’t make your handshake into a glancing blow with two hand knocking against each other.
It is okay to use both hands when you shake. First you form the proper handshaking position, right hand to right hand. Then you nicely, not chokingly, cup the outside of their right hand with your left hand. This method is a warmer, more effusive greeting. Don’t be afraid of it even though it is not the most common way to shake hands.
What is in a handshake, you might ask. Well, it is all part of your persona. It is part of the professional you and goes along with how you stand, your eye contact (or lack thereof) and other body language. Whether you think of it this way or not, you are a package every time you go out in public and you want to be a cohesive package. A strong handshake, paired with eye contact makes a good first impression. It makes a good second impression too, so don't be afraid to start shaking.