As a young teenager in high school nearly 30 years ago, I was chosen to take the Dale Carnegie course for human relations and public speaking – a program based on Carnegie’s self-help book, “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”
Of the many things I learned in this world-renowned organizational communication class, there is one tool that has stayed with me all these years.
And that is, how to have a great handshake.
It is this very handshake that has helped me in many job interviews and in numerous networking situations with powerful leaders and business people.
I must say, it is very empowering when a businessman allows me to shake his hand as firmly and confidently as another businessman would.
And if there is any advice I can give to the businessmen of the world, it would be to never grasp a woman’s hand gently when meeting her for the first time – in a business-setting or job interview, that is.
In my opinion, a good handshake is really an art form.
• Eye contact, before you extend your hand.
• Verbally introduce yourself, before you extend your hand.
• Use a firm grip and be brief.
• Shake from your elbow, not your shoulder.
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