Everyone has to shake hands with people occasionally. Some people do it more than others. Pastors and missionaries do it a lot. As with any other “profession,” you only have once chance to make a first impression. While it may sound really nerdy, few of us have ever had any instruction on how to give a proper handshake. Seriously. This was never taught in seminary and I’m convinced that the result is a long tradition of limp-wristed, flacid, fishy hand-shaking pastors.
Manager Tools is a great website dedicated to offering management advice that is behavior-oriented, actionable and practical. Why does a missionary give a rip about manager tools? In the last few months they’ve had some great podcasts on everything from presentations, to managing email, communicating effectively with a boss and working on a team. Way back in February, Manager Tools featured a great podcast on the handshake. If you work with people and especially if you meet new people regularly, I’d recommend you give it a listen.