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of a Handshake
7 Tips for a More Powerful Handshake
And Convey Trust, Balance, and Equality
Alex B. Ramsey
Learning or improving any skill takes a few minutes of time. This
is no exception. Give it 5 minutes 2-3 times the first week and
notice with a greater sense of consciousness over the next few
weeks all the handshakes you can.
These tips are not difficult, yet they may feel awkward at first,
because it is not what you are ďused to doing.Ē I can assure you
that as you master them, your handshake will be warmer and more
engaging. You will connect faster with new acquaintances, and
establish stronger relationships with existing colleagues. People
will find you more confident and more full of personal power.
So donít give up if at first it feels awkward, the payoff is too
1. Square your shoulders to the person you are greeting. Many
right-handed people angle the left shoulder backwards away from
the contact and automatically put themselves in a dismissive
2. Extend your arm comfortably toward your contact. Keep your
elbow slightly bent, relaxed, firm, yet flexible.
3. Open your palm fully versus extending a hand of crinkled, bent
4. Ideally, touch contactís flat palm with your flat palm. Drape
your fingers over contactís hand. It is in the touching of the
palm with just the right pressure that you create the magical
5. Be aware of the contactís level of strength relative to you.
Match the other person well.
6. It is inexcusable to hurt another personís hand with your vice
grip. It is unfortunate when your hand is a bony or limp
reflection of yourself. Feel what you are doing.
7. Make eye-contact as you shake hands.