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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 bonecrushing grip, but do not offer a limp hand. Check that your palms are not sweaty or clammy before shaking hands.

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