There are all kinds of handshakes....secret....fist bump....and the universal,
civilized web-to-web handshake. Did you know that the universal handshake originated as a way to show respect and trust when meeting someone and to show that there was no weapon concealed in the hand?
In our book, "A Year of Good Manners" by Margery Sinclair and Jan Polk, $27.95,
Margery Sinclair offers three tips which will help you become charming, confident,
and well liked:
"The drill for meeting new people is easy: stand up straight, smile, look at
their eyes, shake hands, say hello, and give your name. It helps to know what
is expected. Either men or women can extend their hand first."
"Shake hands firmly, "web-to-web" (that web of skin between the thumb and fingers),
and without crushing their knuckles. Extend your hand vertically, with the thumb
"Your handshake should be firm, quick (two or three shakes), and free of
perspiration. A too limp handshake implies a weak character; the too strong
handshake indicates a domineering personality. And it hurts."
What does your handshake say about you?
To read all 365 tips written by Margery Sinclair,
securely order your copy of "A Year of Good Manners" on line at http://www.janpolk.com
Margery also offers corporate etiquette training classes as well as
classes for children. Please check her website for additional information and travel schedule. www.margerysinclair.com