6 ways you should NEVER shake hands

Handshakes are an important part of our professional (and personal) life. Getting it wrong can create awkward moments and detract from a good first impression.

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You meet someone, you shake hands. But instead of the solid, firm and confident handshake you expect, you get a limp fish, a crushing gripper, or a sweaty slip.

Getting your handshake wrong is a surefire way of making a horrible first impression. Some common handshake mistakes are:

1. The sweaty slip. Some people have sweaty hands, and many get them when they are nervous; that’s just normal. It can make shaking hands tricky in stressful situations such as job interviews. However, there is no excuse for a wet handshake. When I get sweaty hands, I simply dry them on a piece of clothing before shaking someone’s hand.

2. The limp fish. Not gripping the other person’s hand firmly enough and then shaking from your wrist is a big mistake because it sends negative messages: “I am not confident,” or, “I am a pushover.”

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