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June 26’s National Handshake Day: It’s Career Critical to Master Yours

This Thursday, June 26, is National Handshake Day. So, time to ensure that yours is the best it can be.

Handshakes have been around practically since the birth of civilization, and were originally a way to prove that you had no weapons in your hand when meeting someone new.

Now, many people avoid handshaking for fear of catching and spreading germs. In the world of business, however, it’s usually impossible to avoid handshaking.

The handshake is still based on trust, and showing people that you trust and want to connect and build a relationship with them.

Research backs that up … A 2012 MIT study “The Power of a Handshake: Neural Correlates of Evaluative Judgments in Observed Social Interactions” concludes that “strangers do form a better impression of those who proffer their hand in greeting.”

If you’re looking for a job, having an impressive handshake also can win over your interviewer.

Posted by Marjorie Brody in career, communicating, communication skills, development, Etiquette, Generation Y, handshake, job interview, professional development, success, work, workplace, workplace etiquette, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.