Handshakes are a ubiquitous form of nonverbal communication when greeting new people. Additionally, they serve an important role in business etiquette and can make or break your first impression.
Unfortunately, there are a few bad habits that can ruin your handshake and turn off the person you’re shaking hands with. Here is a look at some of the worst culprits and how to prevent them!
The handshake is an age-old way to establish a connection with someone. The motion also releases oxytocin, which is associated with feelings of closeness, trust, and intimacy – particularly during person-to-person contact such as a handshake or hug. Therefore, when giving this traditional gesture it’s essential that you give it your full attention; any hurried or weak handshake could elicit nervousness or discomfort and even indicate lack of interest. Furthermore, failing to maintain eye contact during the shake could convey disinterest or that you don’t care about the situation at hand.