Thursday June 25, according our bizarre holiday calendar, reminds us it is time to celebrate National Handshake Day, one the most universal forms of communication when two people meet, as a mutual sign of peace and goodwill. The handshake also represents: hello and goodbye, congratulations, completion of a deal, and also a sign of good sportsmanship.
The practice of handshakes has been around since the 2nd century B.C. It was seen as a gesture of peace, and also by the “showing” of hands, demonstrating that you held no weapons; since most people were right handed, extending your right hand ensured that you were not holding a knife.
How confident are you when it comes to your handshake? The handshake has been known to reveal something about yourself, as well as establishing a first impression, depending upon the grip. Strong and firm shows confidence, too hard makes you seem forceful, limp and clammy makes you appear noncommittal. According to a University of Alabama study, your handshake provides a tactile way of reading you.
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For an effective handshake Brody Communications offers these tips:
* Use eye contact
* Be firm but painless
* You should shake hands for about three seconds
* Take only two or three "pumps"
* Start and stop crisply
* Don't last through the entire introduction
If you are an anti-shaker, you are not alone. Today almost 40% of people surveyed are against shaking hands, calling it a medieval and barbaric custom, siting its unsanitary way of passing on germs one hand at a time. As a result, we seem to have re-invented the universal form of communication with a few innovative changes, to include the approving nod, and the fist or elbow bump.
What are your thoughts? Sound off in the comment section, to shake or not to shake?