Are you a hand-shaker or a casual hand-waver?
The other day I read an interesting article about the significance of a good hand shake. As much as we all think it’s one of those totally insignificant habits, if done right, it can actually be a great first impression booster. Ha, who would have thought, right?
It’s commonly known that a firm grip makes a great impression on work associates but according to Caroline Goyder, a gentle and relaxed handshake triggers all sorts of positive hormones in the other person’s body too, which is good news for me, as I’m more of a relaxed shaker.
Plus, the best tip ever? Well, if you're like me and get a bit nervous about work meetings or meeting up new people for a coffee or even going on a first date, here is a great tip for a fantastic first impression. :) Before you walk into a room, restaurant or café, try to visualise yourself standing in an open air place, because it makes you feel comfortable and then pretend you’re meeting an old friend. This will make you smile in a really natural way. Furthermore, if you imagine wearing a diamond necklace, your shoulders will drop, which relaxes your breathing and gets you to that calm place you want to be in. I can’t wait to try this out. You? xo
P.S: Plus, let's smile at total strangers and make someone's day by praising our own team:)
(Tips via Red Magazine. Photos via Irene (Gina Lollobrigida & Queen at the royal film premiere of 'To Catch a Thief' in London, 1955), Corbis (Queen Elizabeth & John Kennedy Jr. 1965), History by Zim (Queen Elizabeth & Marilyn Monroe, 1956) & Steroge)