Let’s Shake On It

NZ Today - - TALKBACK -

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.

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