When was the last time you actually shook someone's hand when you first met?

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  1. rutley profile image62
    rutleyposted 11 years ago

    When was the last time you actually shook someone's hand when you first met?

    I don't mean high five...bumping knuckles or some crazy half hug...just a plain old normal handshake.

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    msorenssonposted 11 years ago

    I will say most of time..I cannot remember not at least offering...

  3. kenneth avery profile image79
    kenneth averyposted 11 years ago

    last month. I met my urologist. From then on it wasn't a pretty story.

  4. Dave Mathews profile image60
    Dave Mathewsposted 11 years ago

    Always!         The rest of it is nonsense.

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    JThomp42posted 11 years ago

    Every time. I was taught to be a southern Gentleman.

  6. cat on a soapbox profile image95
    cat on a soapboxposted 11 years ago

    Hi Rutley,
    I do this almost daily, often several times.
    I routinely extend my hand when I meet someone. I also offer my hand as a greeting in business or as a way of showing appreciation to a person who has shown kindness or taken time to help me ie. doctors, advisors, etc.  I guess it's all those years in sales and customer service! smile

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    Team Leaderposted 11 years ago

    Hello rutley,

    I usually kiss people when I meet them for the first time..no, I'm just kidding. Let me think...yes, it was two days ago when the new girl was introduced at my workplace. It felt really odd because nowadays this handshaking thing seems to have gone out of fashion a bit.

    Your 'Team Leader'

  8. jandee profile image78
    jandeeposted 11 years ago

    Yesterday in the park.  Our dogs played together and we chatted for ages and then arranged a meeting(mating) of our Boxer dogs-one girl,one boy then we shook hands even the dogs shook hands...

  9. teaches12345 profile image77
    teaches12345posted 11 years ago

    Working with students and families, I meet new people all the time.  I offer a hand first most of the time.  As an educator, I know to keep a hand sanitizer on the desk for later... just in case.

    1. Ramsa1 profile image63
      Ramsa1posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Hand sanitizer? I suppose that's being safe, but I don't give it a second thought.

    2. krsharp05 profile image75
      krsharp05posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      That's funny teaches, working with kids myself you never know when a sticky hand is going to pop up!

  10. krsharp05 profile image75
    krsharp05posted 11 years ago

    Yesterday. I introduced myself to the Republican candidate for State Representative in MO and then asked his views about juvenile delinquency, truancy and diversion.

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    Jade0215posted 11 years ago

    Anytime I meet someone new I do. I think it's been about a month.

  12. MickS profile image60
    MickSposted 11 years ago

    All the time.  Last time was with a doctor I hadn't met before when I went for some tests.

  13. Ramsa1 profile image63
    Ramsa1posted 11 years ago

    I do it all the time, except when it's a woman. In that case I let the woman extend her hand first.

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    ExoticHippieQueenposted 11 years ago

    I just shook the hand of a sweet old lady in a wheelchair after I backed into her parked car.

  15. edhan profile image38
    edhanposted 11 years ago

    Most of the time as I meet new people on regularly basis.

    It is always a nice gesture to have a firm handshake when we first met.

  16. tipsforlife profile image55
    tipsforlifeposted 11 years ago

    I always do if it is an adult, but if it is a teenager or kid we will do the handshake/hug, highfive, or pound.

    1. krsharp05 profile image75
      krsharp05posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I always shake hands with kids when I initially meet them.  I've taught my kids to shake hands as well.  Once I am more acquainted with a kiddo I will offer a high-five or hug but it's so important to teach handshaking.

  17. michememe profile image61
    michememeposted 11 years ago

    Today, a gentlemen interested in me introduced himself extending his hand. I actually like shaking hands, to get a good feel for the person. My dad taught me that a lot can sometimes be told by a simple handshake. Which I think is true confidence or lack there of is often in a handshake.

  18. teyeger82 profile image65
    teyeger82posted 11 years ago

    All the time, especially when I am at work in the field meeting with members of my association. I cannot imagine not shaking hands. It is something that I often do without really even thinking about it. I think in many instances it would be offensive if I did not.

  19. nightwork4 profile image61
    nightwork4posted 11 years ago

    all the time. last night when my daughter was getting her prom pictures done i shook a few father's hands. we were a proud group.

  20. shiningirisheyes profile image60
    shiningirisheyesposted 11 years ago

    I was raised to shake someones hand when meeting them.  I've always practiced this.

  21. wychic profile image79
    wychicposted 11 years ago

    Four days ago, which is the last time I met someone new. I had it drilled into my head from a very young age that you always shake someone's hand and look them in the eye, no exceptions. The only time I don't now is if I offer my hand and the person insists on a hug instead -- which hasn't happened for about three weeks. The new acquaintance in that instance was a half-deaf 97-year-old veteran; you just don't turn down a hug under those conditions wink.

  22. sangre profile image93
    sangreposted 11 years ago

    2 days ago. I was introduced to this old man my mother met in the supermarket. It's kinda the norm here maybe not for the ones under 20 but for everyone else it would be.

  23. Clive Donegal profile image66
    Clive Donegalposted 11 years ago

    I found the question surprising. i must shake hands a dozen or so times a day at work. Even a hug includes a handshake.

  24. Beata Stasak profile image80
    Beata Stasakposted 11 years ago

    Going back to my Eastern European roots I have been taught from very early age to extend my hand towards a stranger introduced to me, to show my respect and willingness to meet new people. The handshake was always accompanied by meeting the stranger's eyes and polite verbal greeting. Once learnt you never shake it off so I keep shaking people's hands, although some find it unusual.

    As a teacher I can say it often helps me to break barriers with kids and their parents alike.

  25. MargaritaEden profile image69
    MargaritaEdenposted 11 years ago

    I try to always do that if possible, when being introduced or when introducing myself.


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