But what about adjusting the paradigm, taking into account that we continually need to impress.
We always need to show up on time, look presentable, offer a firm handshake, exhibit a “Can Do” attitude, smile and be prepared. Incidentally, “on time” is 10-15 minutes early, often referred to as “(Vince) Lombardi Time”.
And what about handshakes? Unless you’re a million years old and frail, handshakes should be firm.
Notice I did not say “bone crushing”! Limpy handshakes are gross. If a man offers me a handshake that is, shall we say “adjusted”, I will seize the opportunity to remind him that I ain’t dead yet.
Final tip on this subject, always look the other person in the eye when shaking hands. If it’s not 100% clear that they know your name and company name, It helps to simply say “Mary Ellen Forszt, Solutions Unlimited. Nice to meet you.” This is a good opportunity to ascertain how they want to be addressed, too.
Next week: Secret Number Six.