Monday, August 23, 2010

Handshake Etiquette- Part 4

Understanding the proper way to shake someone's hand can mean the difference between success and failure in the business environment. Positive or negative reactions are almost instantaneous in the marketing setting and almost always based around first impressions. This is why the firmness or weakness of your handshake, understanding whose hand you are shaking, your dominance, and your eye contact all play an important role.

How to Handle Clammy Hands

A wet, sweaty or cold-fish palm is never pleasant. Warm and dry is the rule for a good impression. Are your hands always moist?

If your hands are always moist, you can try using a little spray-on antiperspirant every morning, and re-applying it in the bathroom at work when you need it. You can also get into the habit of carrying a handkerchief, 100% cotton is best, in your pocket to discreetly dry your hand. If you are going this route, be sure to dry you hand well before the meeting begins so that you are not caught with your hand in your pocket. One hand in your pocket may be interpreted as a sign of not being open and honest. You should also keep your hands off the cold drinks due to the naturally occurring condensation that accumulates on the outside of the container.

When on the receiving end of sweaty palms, release your grip, pause briefly before continuing the conversation. Never rub them off on your pants or suit jacket. As you sit down, grasp the armrest of the chair and let some of the sweat soak into the upholstery. You can also try putting your hands on your kneecaps and lean forward as-if you were very intrigued with every word they have to say.

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