Let’s Shake On It
You would think it would be a simple thing to do – shaking someone’s hand. So why can’t some people do it properly? It’s not like we are European, and have to kiss on the cheek several times. That can get awkward. On that note, and I digress, I have had several Bridget Jones’ moments where at the last second, the man whose cheek I am reluctantly kissing, quickly turns his face and I end up getting the side of his mouth... eek. Has that happened to you?
But back to the handshake. In my opinion, we are so lucky that this is our preferred method of introduction as a nation. I think it should be taught at school and I believe some schools do or did teach it.
My biggest concern is women who offer a wimpy, weak hand to your firm outstretched one and then sort of just limply leave it there in your palm. It is not that difficult to apply a moderate amount of force and then shake reasonably vigorously up and down. Since when is holding a soppy hand meekly in the proffered palm acceptable? It is not, so listen up peeps.
When you meet someone, look them in the eye and hold out your hand in a welcoming manner. Then once said hand has been matched by the person you are meeting, grip with a fair degree of firmness and shake maybe two to three times.
On that note, do not over shake. There is also nothing worse than someone who shakes and shakes until it gets awkward and you don’t know where to look and feel yourself almost wriggling to get free.
For men, it is a bit more difficult. I have had the odd wimpy handshake from a man, but the main problem with men is that they do it too hard. Sometimes, I feel my hand throbbing afterwards. So perhaps do the whole macho grip thing with other blokes, but consider our delicate bodies when shaking a woman’s hand, particularly if she is elderly.