Don’t be a Pain in the Grasp
When you network a great deal, you learn that handshakes can be a pain.
I have a little secret you might not guess when you first meet me: a touch of arthritis in the middle knuckle of my middle finger of my “nice to meet you” hand (don’t ask me to show it to you – I try not to brandish that particular finger much).
Most of the time, my bum knuckle doesn’t bother me much. But then I get nabbed by a bad handshaker and before I can yelp and withdraw my hand, it’s all over: the insulting injury has happened and my knuckle swells to three times its normal size. I must say, the resulting pain and the fear of further abuses makes me just a bit less sociable.
The bad handshake that does the most offense is when someone offers a “lady handshake” where they don’t get palm-to-palm with you, they just squeeze your fingers together.
Read here to learn more about handshaking styles to avoid. And don’t look at me funny when I opt to bow at you rather than offer my paw.