The simple, yet not so simple handshake, is such a powerful social skill.

Here are a few guidelines to remember to deliver the perfect handshake:

Never shake hands sitting down, always stand, if possible.

The person that is standing yields the most authority and credibility in a nonverbal exchange, so stand if possible.

Never let a barrier come between you and the person who’s hand you are shaking.

Always come around the desk, table, half wall, cubical, etc.

Do your best to stand with your belly button and toes facing the other person and shake it like you mean it.

The higher ranking person should extend their hand first … if they don’t, get your hand out there and shake their hand.

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