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.
I will say most of time..I cannot remember not at least offering...
last month. I met my urologist. From then on it wasn't a pretty story.
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!
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.
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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...
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.
Yesterday. I introduced myself to the Republican candidate for State Representative in MO and then asked his views about juvenile delinquency, truancy and diversion.
Anytime I meet someone new I do. I think it's been about a month.
All the time. Last time was with a doctor I hadn't met before when I went for some tests.
I do it all the time, except when it's a woman. In that case I let the woman extend her hand first.
I just shook the hand of a sweet old lady in a wheelchair after I backed into her parked car.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I was raised to shake someones hand when meeting them. I've always practiced this.
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 .
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.
I found the question surprising. i must shake hands a dozen or so times a day at work. Even a hug includes a handshake.
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.
I try to always do that if possible, when being introduced or when introducing myself.
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