I was so excited to see the response I got on my post about greeting people when you meet them for the first time. It’s been very interesting to hear about the different customs around the world, and I now feel confident that I know how to greet people correctly in many countries I’ve never even been to! Thanks to all of you who contributed!
For many of you the handshake seems to be the preferable the way of greeting others. But Karen D mentioned something that I wanted to bring into light here: limp handshakes. I really don’t like it when people offer me their hand and I take it, but they don’t grab onto mine in return. It just feels a bit awkward, like holding a dead fish of something. I like a handshake to be firm and confident. Otherwise I get insecure about the person displaying such passiveness.
I really hope I’m not offending anyone who has a weak handshake writing this. It’s nothing personal, I just feel more confident when I feel a firm and decisive hand in mine.