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The Fascinating History Behind The Handshake

By | source: Here May 15th, 2017

It’s the first thing you’re judged on in any business setting: How good is your handshake? Whether you have a firm grip or not, this infographic shares more about how the handshake became a tradition.

Shaking hands dates back to Ancient Greece (a marble sculpture from the era shows two men shaking hands). It’s thought that handshakes show that both parties are equal and feel comfortable with each other.

Even though a handshake is supposed to denote comfort, having a weak handshake is something people judge you on. Those with firm handshakes are viewed as more positive and outgoing and less socially anxious. Fascinatingly enough, handshakes also allow us to check out each other’s odors.

So now that you know the importance of a handshake, here are some tips to make yours even better:

  • If you’re sitting, stand up before shaking hands
  • Maintain eye contact and smile
  • Keep your hand perpendicular
  • Shake from your elbow, not your wrist

Now that you have a better idea of the importance of a handshake, here are some tips to help you crush your next job interview.

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