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Your Handshake Should Not be Noticeable. Ever.

By March 28, 2018August 10th, 2020No Comments
two male executive shaking hands - handshake should never be noticeable

At lunch yesterday, a good friend asked my advice about her handshake. Carol said, in the last month or so, she noticed people she met often commented something to the effect, “Wow…that’s a firm handshake.”

One or two comments, and she thought nothing of it. Four and five, she took notice. She knew something was not quite right with her handshake–she wasn’t quite sure.

After just one shake, I knew what the comments were all about. Carol was (a) grasping the hand too tightly and (b) too firmly inserting her web (area between thumb and pointer finger) into the receiving person’s web.

With just a few practice handshakes, Carol was back to her “unnoticeable” self again.

People should not be commenting about your handshake, male or female. It should just be a quick and natural exchange between two people. It shouldn’t be noticeable, ever.


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Ira Koretsky

Ira Koretsky has built The Chief Storyteller® into one of the most recognized names in communication, especially business storytelling. He has delivered over 500 keynote presentations and workshops in nearly a dozen countries, in more than one hundred cities, across 30 plus industries. His specialties are simplifying the complex and communicating when the stakes are high. He is also an adjunct professor in public speaking and storytelling at the University of Maryland's Business School. With over 25 years of experience, he is a sought-after storytelling coach, global speaker, trainer, consultant, communication coach, and public speaking coach.