Is the etiquette of shaking hands dated? Surely, not!
According to one Scottish account, youth are giving the handshake a kiss-off. Instead of engaging in the age-old ritual dating back to the 2nd century, they’re opting for greetings like the fist bump.
In the Scotsman piece, Jo Bryant from Debrett’s says: “Younger people are growing up in a less formal society where the normal forms of communication is more technological and includes mobile phones and texting. But for years and years a firm handshake with eye-to-eye contact has been a gesture of trust conveying a lot in its body language.”
But it’s not just young people. Only a few short months ago, the Memphis Mayor greeted the Dalai Lama with a fist bump. The DALAI LAMA!
If you haven’t seen it, it’s quite a sight. Especially when the Mayor confesses that he’s always wanted to say “Hello Dalai!” (woah):
Apart from fear of H1N1, there’s very little good reason for not shaking hands with someone (unless there’s another appropriate cultural greeting).
After all, your handshake says a lot about you. It can make or break the first impression, be it in a professional or social situation.
The most important things to remember about a good handshake are:
- making eye contact
- having a firm grip (but not too firm)
- shaking hands up and down no more than three times
- and, of course, making sure your hands are clean (naturally!).
In case you haven’t seen it, here’s a little video we made about the importance of a good handshake.