What’s in a Handshake?

November 29, 2011

by Kim Taylor

With each new encounter, I’m certain the phrase “you never get a second chance to make a first impression,”  extends far beyond the polish on your shoes or the crease in your pants.  When meeting someone for that all-important first time knowing a handshake is in the cards, how much thought do you put into the strength and confidence of that seemingly unimportant gesture?”

I’ve personally met dozens of people who – at first glance – were ready to knock me off my feet with their poise, intelligence and confidence only to be disappointed by the equivalent of a dead fish handshake.  Perhaps I’m alone in this, but it’s just one of those things that stick with me far beyond the first interaction.

Be advised, though, stronger is not always better.  This old article from CNN offers 10 Nightmarish Handshakes to Avoid, and gives a few more tips on executing an effective handshake.

So, next time you extend your hand for a shake, won’t you consider turning your wimpy grip into a firm, but not bone-crushing squeeze?


First Impressions

June 2, 2010

by Connie Gonzalez

You’ve heard the saying a million times … “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.” It’s cliché and overused, but for good reason: it’s true.

A few days ago I walked into a fast food restaurant to place an order and was greeted by a girl—not just any girl—a girl with piercings in her cheeks (!). While I realize she shouldn’t have been decked out in corporate attire, it hardly seems like a lot to ask for food service people not to be covered with piercings. Like it or not, it doesn’t leave a positive first impression.

Over the years, businesses have relaxed their dress codes … in fact, we used to require women to wear stockings and closed-toe shoes, but look around, those days are all but gone.

I’m the first face you see when you come into our office. I take pride in the way I look. Not just for my own delight, but because I represent Curley & Pynn.

What impression are you making for your customers?


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