ARE you a shady shaker or a grim gripper? We told how lengthy handshakes – favoured by politicians – could not only cause anxiety but put international relations at risk.
University of Dundee’s Dr Emese Nagy said: “Three-second handshakes feel more natural. Long ones might look good for the cameras but this behaviour could jeopardise the quality of working and personal relationships, which could have repercussions for millions of people.”
KATY DOCHERTY shows you how to deliver the perfect handshake – and the greeting grievances to avoid.
How to give a great greeting
Keep it straight
Look ’em in the eye
Find the right grip
Pump it up
Lead the way
Famous make a bad fist of it
A light touch can come across as a sign of insecurity and show a lack of skills. Get a firm grip to show everyone who’s boss.
A bone-crushing hand lock could make others think you’re trying to overcompensate for something.
Trying trendy handshakes such as a fist bump shows immaturity and a lack of awareness.
Holding on for too long reeks of neediness, even if you get your grip spot-on.
A quickie handshake can make others think you are rude and too busy for them.
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Grasping your acquaintance’s elbow while handshaking shows you have a controlling or possessive nature.
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