Are you a natural hand-shaker, with that unmistakeable confident grip? Or is shaking your hand rather like grasping a wet lettuce and flip-flopping it around? A good, strong, firm handshake remains a staple in the Western world for doing business, and going the rubbery route can leave you stranded, having made the worst possible first impression.
Apart from anything else, striding towards someone interesting with your hand held out ready for shaking avoids that horribly awkward situation you get now and again, when someone dives in to kiss your cheek, you turn away in instinctive confusion and you both end up snogging one another. Not good.
A good handshake, on the other hand, is firm and dry, short and definite, accompanied by a steady gaze right into the other person’s eyes. In a world where plenty of business owners claim they tend to remember people by their handshake, it’s important to crack it. A good one can set in place a powerful rapport and trust, a bad one can cut any kind of future relationship off at the knees.