How To Perform The Perfect Handshake

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Every so often I find myself in a situation where I’m forced to shake hands with someone. Sometimes it’s a greeting, sometimes it’s a good-bye, and sometimes it’s just because I’ve been asked to. Whatever the reason, I take the opportunity quite literally.

I make a point of reaching out straight away, with my palm facing upwards and my thumb tucked in. I lean in just slightly and grasp the other person’s hand firmly but not too forcefully (I don’t want to crush their bones). Then I hold on for a couple of seconds while we both smile politely at each other and make mumbled small talk.

When we finally break apart, I give myself a little mental pat on the back – because yet again, I’ve done the perfect handshake.

What makes me so awesome at doing handshakes? Well, here are some tips to help you get there too:

The handshake is an important part of non-verbal communication. In this blog, I will be explaining the proper way to shake hands.

First, extend your hand with palm facing down so that the web between your thumb and forefinger meet the web between the other person’s thumb and forefinger.

Second, shake twice in a vertical motion without moving sideways or up and down.

Third, maintain eye contact for 3 seconds. This shows self-confidence and honesty.

Finally, smile when you are done shaking hands to show them that you are friendly and welcoming.

The perfect handshake. Is there such a thing? Yes, there is. And if you want to be taken seriously as a professional, it’s critical that you master this skill.

In our digital age, it seems like more and more people are relying on email and other ways of communicating online. This might fool you into thinking that handshakes are no longer needed to establish a business relationship- but don’t be fooled! A firm handshake is still one of the best ways to make a solid first impression in business.

First off, what exactly is a handshake? A handshake is when two people grasp each other by their hands as a greeting or farewell. It’s also used as a way to congratulate someone, seal an agreement or mark the end of an argument. They’re very common in many cultures and can have different meanings depending on where you are in the world.

If you’re not sure how to shake hands properly, don’t worry. I’ll teach you all about this important gesture through this article.

Handshakes are one of the most important first impressions you can make on someone. A strong handshake is a sign of confidence and friendliness. A weak handshake can make you seem submissive, unconfident, and nervous.

A good handshake should be firm but not too hard. If you squeeze someone’s hand too hard, it can hurt them and make them feel uncomfortable. You want to squeeze the person’s hand firmly enough so that they know that you have a strong grip, but not so strong that they will wince in pain after you let go of their hand.

Keep eye contact with the person while shaking their hand, unless they are looking at something else. If they are looking at something, see what they are looking at. You don’t want to ignore that person or make them feel like you’re not paying attention to them.

Remember that a handshake is for greeting someone and saying goodbye to them, not for holding hands during a conversation! Maintain eye contact with the person and keep your body turned towards them to show your interest in the conversation. If you shake hands with someone and then immediately turn away from them to look at something else or talk to someone else, it makes it seem like you’re not interested in talking with them.

Before you reach out, touch your tie or jewelry to ensure your hands are dry and free of any dirt.

Keep your hand in a natural position, with fingers slightly curled and thumb facing up.

Make eye contact before shaking someone’s hand.

Firmly shake hands for about two to three seconds, but not until the other person’s hand feels crushed.


The handshake is the first impression that you give someone. It is also the first opportunity you have to make a positive or negative impact on a person. There are many ways in which a handshake can go wrong, here are some tips in order to ensure that it goes right.

1. Make sure your hands are clean and dry before shaking hands with someone.

2. Extend your hand fully but not too far, and avoid angling your hand slightly downward- this will allow you to be perceived as more dominant in the interaction.

3. Match the strength of grip to the other person’s grip, don’t squeeze too hard or let go instantly after making contact with their hand- this will give them the sense that they’re in control of the interaction.

4. Shake hands firmly, but not too hard as it can cause pain if done incorrectly (also be careful of any items such as rings).

5. Be sure to keep eye contact with them while shaking their hand so they know you’re interested in having a conversation or meeting new people!

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