In the age of text messages, social media, IM, and emojis, today’s students are lacking knowledge of a very basic communication and social skill, the handshake. With the increase of communication taking place through technology, some experts say that the art of handshaking is becoming a lost skill. Are today’s students the lost generation of the handshake?
The power of a handshake far exceeds the traditional introduction formalities. According to research from the University of Iowa, a solid handshake is more important for landing a job than a resume. A person’s handshake tells important information about their level of professionalism, interest, and/or nervousness. A good handshake can set the stage for the rest of an encounter. It helps build common trust and a physical bond between service provider and client.
There has never been a better time within our schools to teach students the etiquette of handshaking, the psychology behind the physical bond that it creates, and the proper steps to a well-executed handshake. In addition, role-playing and rehearsing the execution of the handshake will allow students to practice and master this soft skill in a safe learning environment.
With a little education, practice and execution, our students will be well on their way to mastering the art of the handshake. It will ultimately empower our students to be comfortable approaching new clients, shaking their hands, welcoming them and beginning the process of building long-term relationships.