The Trump handshake has turned into one of the most unique greetings of all time. From the hysterical handshake with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe, to the most recent handshake in the headlines with French President Emmanuel Macron. And how can we forget the refusal handshake with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
First impressions mean everything, and the Trump handshake is not the grip you want to make to do so. Denise Dudley, career guru and author of “Work It! Get In, Get Noticed, Get Promoted,” says there are definite rules for shaking hands properly, and if you do it right, you will leave a great impression from the start.
Here are her 10 steps for the perfect handshake:
1. Extend your right hand toward the other persons right hand
2. Point your thumb upward and toward the other person’s arm
3. Slide your hand all the way into the other person’s palm, and wrap it around his or her hand
4. Grasp the other person’s hand firmly, and gently squeeze once
5. Pump the other person’s hand a time or two to show sincerity
6. Hold the handshake for two to three seconds and then break the grip
7. Look the other person straight in the eye, and don’t break eye contact
9. Introduce yourself before extending your hand
10. Continue with pleasantries once you’ve begun the handshake