Body language is fascinating to me. I often rely more on a person’s body language than their words. One of my favourite past times is people watching. I can happily spend an hour or two sitting in a cafe or bar and watching people interact with each other. I wouldn’t call myself a voyeur, but I’m definitely an observer. One thing I notice most about people is the way in which they greet one another or more importantly meet.
Through out my career I’ve shaken a lot of hands. Maybe not as many as your average politician but a lot of hands. Some hands I liked and some I didn’t – but I shook them anyway. A handshake says a lot about a person, their personality and the way in which they view you and potentially the dynamics of the relationship they intend to form with you.
There a lot of variables to consider when you’re weighing up a handshake but are three major elements that I take note of when I first meet someone.