The Proper Manly Handshake


We all have experienced the thrill of having squeezed the living daylights out of our college pal’s hand during a so-called friendly handshake and the near ‘let-down’ feeling of grasping a hand that feels like soggy bread in a corporate set-up. So, how does one ensure the elusive something in between when it comes to being a level-headed, responsible and confident guy at work (or play) and give a proper manly handshake that leaves the next person feeling all of your energy and none of your youthful need to bully with a fighter’s grip or (perish the thought) possible nervousness?

If you’ve been wondering about giving a handshake as being a lost art, think again! This and other personality aspects of men’s socializing skills and grooming for a confident personality are unavoidable features in today’s competitive world that requires extensive networking and polished demeanour to stand out in a crowd – and what better way to make a great first impression (since you don’t get a chance to make a first impression twice, so it better be worth your while to give a solid handshake, confirming your suave social skills, don’t you think?) than with a manly handshake?

With cultural barriers become smaller and our country getting more opportunity conduct trade, commerce, educational exchanges with other countries where initially there was a pretty much hands-off culture, it is more important to learn the art of giving a firm handshake that is professional yet friendly and can be applied to cementing the association through this basic physical contact, be it interacting with a man or woman.

It is important to remember to make eye contact, shake hands while standing and possibly keeping a relaxed facial expression if smiling doesn’t come naturally at the moment to you, though it never harms to offer a polite, slow smile.

Remember that giving a handshake is a sign of respect for the other person, so always do so with your extending your right hand, palm facing to the left and locking your elbow to your side so it doesn’t jut out to another person who may be in a group or passing by.