Infographic: The ideal handshake for different countries

Americans value firm handshakes, but many other cultures consider tight grips to be rude. Refer to this infographic before your next international business trip.

Handshakes are a fundamental part of the professional world.

If you want people to take you seriously, you need a good handshake.

Handshake etiquette varies by country, though. Whereas Americans value a firm handshake, Brits, Moroccans, Turks and people in several other cultures do not, an infographic from Business Insider says.

The infographic describes what the perfect handshake looks like in 14 countries. For example:

  • In the United Kingdom, give a light handshake, and don’t stand or speak too closely after doing so.
  • In China, greet the oldest person first. Have a light grip, and bow slightly. Don’t make direct eye contact.
  • In Turkey, firm handshakes are considered rude. Hold the other person’s hand for a long time.
  • In Morocco, give a gentle handshake, and shake hands with someone of the same gender only.

Learn more about international handshake etiquette in the infographic below:

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