If you do that handshake where you grab the tips of a woman's fingers, curve your fingers into her hand as if you are going to kiss it, then, instead of properly shaking it you just kind of waggle your conjoined hands from side to side, please—for the love of god—STOP. Immediately. Because frankly, if I am meeting you for the first time, I will always remember you as the person who gave me The Limp Fish.
First impressions are everything, right? So please, start with a proper handshake.
When I go to shake your hand, my hand will be outstretched. It will be nice and straight. Please to grip.
I will then grip your hand, not just your fingers, your entire hand. Oh, yes I will.
I will then proceed to give you two or three gentle-but-firm pumps. It says, "It's a pleasure to meet you." And, "I am not creepy."
Then I will release my hand. Because holding them that second too long? Gross.
Please do the same.
I find The Limp Fish handshake icky when it comes from men (condescending, much?), but disturbing when other women do it. I don't live in the South in 1852. Shake my hand properly, please.
Can we all practice this before BlogHer?