The beginning of any good business relationship starts with a handshake. It’s not just any old handshake; it must be firm- just not too firm.
Tip 1: Don’t have such a firm handshake that you hurt the other person. This may sound silly, but some people overcompensate thinking that the firmer the handshake the more professional he or she is. That fact is no one was impressed when your handshake crunched their fingers.
Tip 2: Conversely, a handshake can not be too limp either. Often referred to as a “deadfish”, this type of handshake leaves a lackluster first impression. Don’t daintily extend your hand and barely shake the other person’s hand. It can come across as shy. Be confident!
Tip 3: Make sure to have a free hand, preferably your right hand if that’s your dominant hand. Too often people are carrying around resumes and portfolios that they are not prepared to shake someone’s hand.
The key to a perfect handshake is all in the practice. Make it a point in your day to always shake hands with someone after meeting them. It’s great practice. Always remember to keep good eye contact while shaking hands. Once you’ve perfected your handshake, you’ll be able to work that networking event with even more confidence.