I was conducting a research once and had to collect data from some personnel at a bank. I met with a gentleman that was very helpful. He welcomed me with a polite smile and, as required in the corporate world, a firm handshake.
The gentleman’s handshake was so firm that I gasped inwardly as the bones of my hand were remolded by his overly firm grasp of my palm in what was meant as a welcoming gesture. It is a rule to have a firm handshake since this has a number of implications but, how firm should it be?
A handshake should be firm but not overly so. This aids in portraying a strong non-verbal communication. And as Dr. Nancy says “Having a “good” handshake is important because it creates a first impression. In business, it is your non-verbal calling card.”
Shake hands with moderate firmness even if you’re eager to make a notable impression.