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How to shake hands with foreigners – a quick tip

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By: Stephan Smith | Date: 11 April 2014

How to shake hands with foreigners – a quick tip

 

They say that the first impression is the most important thing. Perhaps that’s why when we’re introduced to someone, we pay attention on what the other person looks like and what they say. Often, however, we do not recognize the signals sent by our interlocutor by their gestures, and they could gave us exceptionally valuable information about them.

 

In business and social relations the handshake plays a very important role. According to the way hands are touching a lot can be said in terms of the nature, behavior and attitude of the person you shake hands with.

 

The handshake is more than just a form of greeting; it is an act which suggests strength, confidence and professionalism. Not knowing how to shake hands properly can create unpleasant impressions. You should be especially careful when shaking hands with people from other nations and states, because each one has a specific etiquette and protocol in introductions and meetings.

 

USA – a firm, solid handshake with two or three handshakes

 

Germany – a firm handshake - with one shake

 

France – a gentle handshake - a quick shake

 

Japan – a weak handshake

 

Australia – a firm handshake

 

Latin America – a mild to moderate grip, several times

 

Middle East – a careful and weak grip, gentle shake when greeting

 

Asia – a delicate handshake and a brief shake

 

Sweden – a strong grip, keeping an eye contact

 

Belgium – a quick weak handshake

 

Russia – a firm handshake

 

Every handshake says a lot about people, so it is good before you meet foreigners, to get familiar with the cultural traditions and customs of the particular country.

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