You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

One of the best things about working with our Publishing Team is that I get the chance to read so many of our books. The Human Touch is our latest and even before I reach the end of chapter two I can say it is becoming one of my favourites - apologies to Pat Brans, author of my previous favourite, Master the Moment.

According to co-author Debra Paul, the handshake is “a complete minefield for the professional.” I couldn’t agree more, especially when it comes to that first meeting - whether a business meeting, interview or even a date. I personally don’t like a handshake that feels like I’m having my hand crushed, or one that is so limp it feels like your hand drips off it, or worse yet that is clammy or lingers a little bit too long!

Debra nicely breaks down the three most unpopular handshakes to help readers avoid that bad first impression and you can hear about these on our YouTube channel. 

For this blog, I thought it would be useful to share Debra’s recommended key ingredients for creating the perfect handshake:

  1. Make sure that yours and the other person’s palms are in the vertical position so that no one is dominant or submissive.
  2. Apply the same pressure you receive.
  3. End the handshake after about three to four seconds.

Debra suggests trying out your handshake with friends or colleagues. Taking her advice on board, I gave it a go and I’m pleased to say my handshake ticked the right boxes. I’m not sure how to tell my colleague though that she nearly broke my hand!!

About the author

Karen graduated in marketing in the pre-www era, she has relished the challenge to keep up to date with the latest developments in technology and new media.