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The Six Laws of Approachability: How to Break Down Barriers and Get People to Like You by Laura Stack

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2.    Follow Proper Etiquette

 

Making a good first impression also means that you follow certain expected etiquette.  Let’s discuss three primary areas of importance to approachability: handshakes, introductions, and business dress guidelines. 

 

Shaking hands. A firm handshake is one of the most critical aspects of making a good first impression.  If you do this incorrectly, it’s difficult to change someone’s perception.  Your handshake creates initial trust, credibility, and a lasting impression.  Growing up in a military family, I was taught from an early age the fine art of shaking hands.  Many people missed this basic lesson, and I’m still stunned by how many professionals do it incorrectly.  Here are some handshaking tips:

 

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