- Initiate the handshake if you are the host. You will demonstrate your professionalism and establish a presence.
- Always be ready to shake hands. This means leaving your right hand free of food, drinks, bags, files and so on.
- Offer a firm handshake that is not crushing or limp. A sincere, confident grip conveys confidence and authority.
- Do not pump the hand you are shaking – three times is enough
- Do no hold the other person’s hand for too long and never try to continue a shake for the duration of an introduction.
- A palm-on-palm handshake is open and welcoming. A palm offered in a downward position shows dominance. A palm offered in an upward position signifies a submissive nature.
- Don’t grasp the other person’s hand between both of yours. It also suggests dominance and may be interpreted as patronizing.
- During the handshake, maintain eye contact until you have determined the colour of the person’s eyes.
- Gender is not a consideration. Hand shaking etiquette applies equally to men and women, especially in the business environment.
- Be considerate of cultural differences, health issues or physical disabilities.
- Clients know from the touch of your hands if you are connecting with their energy.
- Clients perceive your healing energy mainly through your hands as you touch them … … RELAX.
- Tension in touch can be interpreted as lack of confidence and lack of knowing by your client(s).
Adapted from an article by Kerri Scott