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The Handshake Mrs. Weber Johns Creek High School
What is Communication? O Communication is the exchange of thoughts, messages, or information, O Derived from the Latin word "communis", meaning to share.
How do we Communicate? O ….. as by O speech O Visuals O Signals O Writing O or behavior
History of Handshake O Difficult to pinpoint O Believed originally to be a gesture between two men to show that they were not carrying a weapon. O Traditionally, handshaking was between men O Obviously, that has changed…..
What TO do O Wipe hands discreetly first if they are sweaty O Start about a yard away O EYE CONTACT O Extend hand in a vertical position with thumb up O Firm grip without crushing O Wrap fingers around hand O Pump once or so and release the grip
What NOT to do O Two handed shake – too friendly O Hand on shoulder – invades space O Pull hand away too quickly O Have any cologne or perfume on hands O Be distracted
Other Cultures O Middle East and Asia cultures are different. Both handshaking and direct eye contact are not acceptable between men and women for religious reasons. O Be sure to check customs before traveling to other countries on business.
People with Disabilities O Visually impaired – ask “may I shake your hand?” and bring your hand to meet his O Missing or non-functioning right hand, simply extend your left. O Light nod or light touch on the arm is appropriate if someone isn’t able to shake at all
When to Shake Hands O Upon meeting someone for the first time O Greet someone you don’t see regularly O Start of an interview O When parting with someone you don’t see regularly O After a meeting to show agreement O When someone offers you their hand O Welcoming people into your home or office
What do you do if… O Someone offers you their left hand O Just take it and shake O They have sweaty palms O Discreetly wipe hands later to not make them embarrassed O Someone doesn’t shake when you offer O Simply nod, drop your hand and carry on O Your hands are full O Try to shift things to your left hand, or in a pinch shake with your left
Introduce Yourself O If you are meeting someone, always introduce yourself as you shake hands
Technique O Only pump hand 1-3 times O Shake from your elbow, not your shoulder or wrist