This simple gesture can tell so much about a person. Its style changes for different cultures; grip, speed, length, etc., but its purpose of demonstrating trust and openness remain the same.
A very important part of introducing yourself in our culture is the handshake. Done well, it endears you to the person you have just met. Done poorly, it can make you or your new acquaintance uncomfortable. This ancient human gesture (there are depictions of it in Greek art dating from the 5th Century B.C.E.*) is worth a moment of thought and practice.
When shaking hands remember these three things:
A confident and welcoming handshake is an asset.
Social Arts Classes practice this important skill at every class. More information about classes is available here.
*Patrick, Bethanne Kelly. An Uncommon History of Common Courtesy: How Manners Shaped the World. National Geographic, 2011. pg 16.