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Dead Fish or Terminator? What does your Hand Shake Say About You?

A first Impression is a lasting Impression! Not only is that what I've always been told but, have experienced.  In many first time meetings, we often greet someone new with a handshake.  So, why don't more people learn the proper way to shake hands? 

man and woman shaking hands

So what's the big deal about a handshake anyhow?  Do you know what your handshake says about you?  Have you ever had a handshake so bad that it distracts you from what the person is saying?  My least favorite is when you extend your hand for the "fail-safe" handshake and the other person gives you a limp handshake also known as the "Dead Fish" handshake.  My second least favorite is the "Terminator"handshake that leaves you wondering if you need to get an X-ray.  Then there's the "Queen" handshake - just who do they think they are anyhow?

So what does all this mean? Well, according to someEtiquette Experts, the "Dead Fish" handshake shows a lack of self-confidence and conveys weakness.  This can also be a sign of a pessimist. I don't think that's what we what to convey as Realtors.

The Terminator handshake is a sign of aggression and covers up your feelings of insecurity.

The "Queen" handshake indicates superiority.  It can also be an indication that the person is hiding something.

There are many other types of handshakes as well.  Which is your least favorite?

Check out what others think your handshake says about you.  Here are the Top 10 Handshake Types and Tips on how to shake hands with confidence.

Hopefully, we'll all be shaking hands with confidence!

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Comment balloon 5 commentsCarla Freund • November 15 2010 05:45AM


Good Morning Carla, thanks for sharing the great post and the links.

Posted by Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips) over 8 years ago

What an interesting idea for a blog...i always try to offer the firm and quick shake and eye contact with smiling eyes...One of my favorites (and it doesn't work for everyone) is when someone gives you a warm smile and adds the second hand on top...Seems like its women who tend to do this?

Posted by Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group, Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate (Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates) over 8 years ago

Thanks Dan and Good Morning to you.

Rene - Yes, I do the same.  I think its nice when someone adds the 2nd hand.  It seems to be better in comforting situations.  Sometimes, our clients need that too.

Posted by Carla Freund, Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489 (Keller Williams Preferred Realty) over 8 years ago

With a problem thumb these days. . I'm more like a dead fish in need of an x-ray (bicycle accident) 

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) over 8 years ago

Fernando - Oh so sorry to hear.  Hope you're thumb is better soon.

Mike - Well, it isn't wrong if you're meeting your daughter's boyfriend for the first time.  :)

Posted by Carla Freund, Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489 (Keller Williams Preferred Realty) over 8 years ago

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