The handshake “¦ the universal sign of peace, greetings and salutations. Yet it is sad to see the number of business people, particularly women, who do not use the handshake or fail to shake properly.
Have you ever stuck your hand out to greet someone who left you hanging? I have; how terribly awkward and pathetic. I’ve also been greeted by people who want to give me a “˜high five’ or a fist bump. Those improvised handshakes may have a place, however it’s not protocol in business.
Male or female – gender should make no difference. The proper time for a handshake would be if you are greeting someone, being introduced to someone, introducing yourself or are leaving. And by all means, please shake like you mean business.