Leave the Fish at Home

One thing I absolutely despise is shaking somebody’s hand and feeling like I just grabbed a wet fish! A handshake is critically important to make a strong first impression. Don’t grab the person’s finger tips…it isn’t a thumb war. Make sure that you grab the entire hand and firmly squeeze (I recommend having your hand more on top than the other person’s hand). If you have sweaty palms, wipe them before extending your hand. And absolutely, positively, don’t cough, sneeze or pick your nose during your meeting and then shake hands when you say goodbye!

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