So, we all know by now that one never gets a second chance to make a first impression. And prior to any meeting, networking event or the like, I always like to dress to impress.
Yesterday, wearing my navy suit, aquamarine cotton shirt, cherished waistcoat, accessorised with a navy polka dot tie and ‘Lucky Dick’ underwear of course, I was all set for a meeting with buyers in the big smoke.
I guess any business event should be viewed as a great networking opportunity. One must always remain charming and keep their wits about them. And it’s crucial to stand up straight, speak in a confident manner and always offer a strong handshake.
A good handshake is like a good resume. It sets you above the riff-raff and leaves one inexplicably impressed and wanting more. It’s one of those intangibles people always comment upon. A limp handshake can leave one thinking of illness and sudden death quite frankly!
As my dear Uncle Henry used to say, a simple handshake is a window to the soul no less. And, I’m happy to share his secrets of the ‘medieval high five’ with you lovely lot:-
- Be confident
- Look the person in the eye as you approach (don’t just thrust out your hand at them without warning)
- Bring your hand towards them with enough force that the skin between your thumb and index finger connects, but not so much force as to knock their arm back. You want to avoid turning this gesture into some weird arm-wrestle.
- A firm grip, like a good hug, is powerful but comforting. Now is not the time to prove your grip strength or to establish some imagined dominance.
- Give one to three hearty shakes, then release. You want to leave them impressed with your confidence and smile, not the vigour of your shake.
- Look out for the secret handshake – the obscure placing of fingers and thumbs. Withdraw politely and keep your distance if in doubt.
So there you have it dear hearts, some Winters Words of Wisdom.
And so from handshakes to cocktail shakers, time to whisk up a personal favourite of mine, a Whisky Sour. A sweet whisky cocktail with a slight kick. Ideal for any business like gent to wind down of an evening.
1 small free-range organic egg, white only
2 tsp caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla syrup
1 small lemon, juice only
50ml/2fl oz Bourbon
2 dashes bitters
- Place all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake.
- Strain into a tumbler with ice.
Ciao for now friends.