Handshake : Person's Trustworthiness :: Cover : Book
Do you remember those comparison questions/problems from tests in high school? They were my favorite. In this instance, if its not clear, the way you shake ones hand can give them insight into your professionalism. The proverbial "cover" to our own "book".
In Western culture, a handshake is an appropriate way to greet someone you're just meeting for the first time, in business or personal life. In many cultures, a handshake is the way to say hello whether you're new acquaintances or the best of friends. Each country/culture has their own do's & don't, customs, legends and rituals. I won't go into them but I do suggest you be knowledgeable if doing business internationally. One that did intrigue me was a Russian legend that shaking hands over a threshold will lead to an argument between the two parties.
Got it, get in the house before greeting people.
I learned early on the importance of a handshake and the impression you can leave with a . In fact, my first business class in high school was spent learning how to shake hands. I'll never forget Mrs. Shaw and the singling out of each student as we walked up front to shake her hand. My attempt received a slightly surprised look along with an approving nod. I think I was the only female in class to get it right on the first try. Firm, good posture, a smile and eye contact. Sounds like someone you'd trust right?
I've come to expect my handshake from others over the years, men & women alike, only to be disappointed.
Sorry for the confused look, but I wasn't expecting to hold your finger tips or have mine held.
Women, don't be afraid of giving a strong handshake. Men, please don't think you're going to hurt me. If not taught in schools or by parents/family, shouldn't employers/mentors reach out to professionals and cover the basics?
To wrap it up, look into handshakes around the world. It's fascinating. Learn how to shake hands and be multi-cultural about it. Practice with a fellow agent or broker. If our paths should cross, personally or professionally, I look forward to meeting you with a handshake and a smile.
Gotta go work on my now... just in case ;)