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What Your Handshake Says About You

This spring, Bill Gates gave South Korean President Park Geun-hye a shake with one hand while keeping the other in his pocket. The South Koreans reportedly were offended. It was disrespectful, they said.

"There’s an art to the simple handshake," says Joe Navarro, an ex-FBI agent, author and expert in body language.

Here, Navarro recommends some ways to improve the handshake experience:

1. Make eye contact as you shake.

2. Wipe clammy hands first—he recommends Botox injections to stop perspiring in severe cases.

3. Dominant handshakes (when you try to get your hand on top) are bad form.

4. Don’t finger the wrist of the hand you’re shaking, which is described by recipients as “creepy.”

5. No two-handed shakes—this is known as a “politician’s handshake,” Navarro says, and he recommends reserving it for Grandpa.

So, what does your handshake say about you?


Like a handshake, body language can set the tone for a situation. Learn how to read subtle body language cues, and improve the way you hold yourself,  in "Should You Trust That Man?" on SUCCESS.com.

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