How’s your handshake?

Hogan and I went shopping today. We bought a ceiling fan at Lowes for the home office, bought some books from B&N, and then stopped by a couple of furniture stores to do a little recon on dining room sets.

The fellow at the first place we looked was someone with whom we’ve worked before, when we bought our living room furniture.  Nice guy, very pleasant.  As we were leaving, he stuck out his hand for a handshake to say farewell.

Now… handshakes are tricky.  I won’t claim its a universal truth… but in my humble opinion, handshakes are a gateway into someone’s character.

There are the “grippers” – people who think they need to be aggressive and subject your hand to their vice-like grip; basically letting you know they lack the confidence to shake your hand properly.

Then, there are the “dead fish” kind.  These people barely make the effort to keep a firm hand or look you in the eye; basically letting you know they lack the confidence to shake your hand properly.

Either way is awful, for its own reason (though I think I’d prefer a grip to a fish, but that’s me).

They guy at the store was a dead fish and it honestly made me not want to do business with him.  Like I said, he was a nice guy, but… I really don’t like to do business with people who leave me feeling ‘oogy’.

How’s YOUR handshake?  Not sure?  Shake my hand and I’ll tell you.

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