[COMMUNICATE] Have you ever thought about why you shake someone’s hand? It could be a number of reasons: To introduce yourself … to congratulate someone … to welcome a new person.

Here are a few situations where handshakes can be quite effective…

  • Job interview … to greet each other and set the tone
  • Networking meeting, so you can get your name out there
  • Conference colleagues, to get to know each other
  • Customers, vendors, patrons … to show people you’re supporting them
  • Parent-Teacher meeting, seeing each other for the first time
  • Training course, introducing yourself to the instructor and classmates
  • Congratulate someone on an award or accomplishment

How often can you capitalize on this effective communication technique? Could you look for more incidents when you could use this handy technique?

Don’t underestimate the power of a handshake. Be sure it’s firm. Hold the other party’s hand confidently and make eye contact at the same time.

When you reach out to shake someone’s hand, what possible message could you communicate? If it’s a good handshake, it might be…

  • I like you.
  • You’re important to me.
  • Let’s respect each other.
  • I want to be considered.
  • You are welcome here.

If it’s a limp, fingers only or too short a handshake, what could the message be that you’re communicating?

  • I’m unsure of myself.
  • I have no interest in you.
  • I’m in a hurry.
  • I don’t like touching.

So, use this nonverbal communication technique to your best advantage!