For the Love of all Things Social…Let’s Learn the Handshake.

Okay girls, I have to share a secret…and it’s the secret formula to a good ‘ole fashioned handshake.  You only get one first impression when meeting people, so let’s make it a positive one!

There is nothing better than a solid handshake when meeting someone for the first time.  Social media may have possibly even made this art-form more difficult for us to master; we finally see someone in-person and don’t quite know how to introduce ourselves properly.  It’s very simple, so I’m going to give you the run down.  As you enter the real world, a good handshake will make you memorable.  And hello…who doesn’t want that?!

Michelle’s Formula to a Solid Handshake:

  1. As my parents taught me, “NO SLOPPY NOODLES!”  I not going to lie.  If I shake someone’s hand and it’s like a limp noodle, I must confess…I judge.  Instantly, I assume you are someone that lacks confidence.  May not be true, but it will totally change your first impression of someone.  No sloppy noodles!  Shake with purpose; like you are truly excited to meet this person.  Be engaged.  Have a solid grip and give them a shake!
  2. Make eye contact.  Once again, this shows confidence and that you are actively engaged.
  3. Make it a point to shake someone’s hand.  If you are meeting someone for the first time, don’t be afraid to stick your hand out first.
  4. SMILE.
  5. Practice.  Sounds silly, but it’s not.  You are/will be going to job interviews and networking with people as you get older.  It’s important to have a solid first impression filled with confidence.  This is a simple skill that will last a lifetime.

Stay Fearless,


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