A firm handshake, lasting a few seconds, is the common form of greeting for all business situations and most social situations too.
- Always use your right hand, and 'pump' the hand two or three times before you let it go.
- Ensure that your fingers grip the other person's palm, otherwise you will crush their fingers.
- Be careful not to clench in a bone-crushing grip, but do not offer a limp hand.
- Check that your palms are not sweaty or clammy before shaking hands.