When is a handshake appropriate?


Business travel: where the handshake is still appropriate and where it is not

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In the United States: The handshake does not take place as often in the USA as in Germany - but it is almost always correct. The handshake means a warm "Hello". Until the last quarter of the 20th century, men were held not to shake a woman's hand unless she first offered her hand, now the following rules apply:
The first person to reach out their hand is considered a warm, friendly, correct person, regardless of gender. As in Germany, it is important to have a “good” handshake. Not limp, but not a bone breaker either.
In Great Britain The following applies: it is only common to shake hands when business partners know each other. If you are visiting the UK, the most senior host will reach out to you first. When you greet your guests in Germany, the highest-ranking German shakes hands first.
In Russia: No hug when greeting! You can often see Russian statesmen kissing and hugging on television, but this form of greeting is by no means common in Russia. Only good friends and relatives greet each other in this way. So stick to the one-handed handshake.
Warning: Russian women
Russian women often do not shake hands at all or only hesitantly. So always leave it up to the woman to shake hands with you or not.

In France the usual greeting is also a handshake. To do this, greet the person without naming their name: “Bonjour Monsieur” or “Bonjour Madame”. “La bise”, the kiss on the cheek, is limited to family contacts or good acquaintances. Let the other person guide you if you are unsure.

In Italy you always shake hands with the highest ranking person first. Important: Maintain eye contact while doing this.

In Austria you don't introduce yourself, but wait until someone else introduces you. Then comes the handshake.

In the Netherlands the hands of everyone present are shaken. Starting with the highest ranking.

In the Switzerland In business life, both a man and a woman, stand up to shake hands.

In Poland are fewer hands shaken compared to Germany. The strength of the handshake depends on the level of awareness. With a new presentation, you only press lightly.

In Czech Republic body contact during the greeting is not desired at all. A handshake - short and warm - is advisable.

In Sweden hands are also shaken. And everyone present. The Swedes don't like it when you get too close to them. However, eye contact during the greeting is very important.

In Japan it is customary to bow in greeting. Bow down from your waist and keep your back straight. The back and head form a line. The depth of the bow depends on the respect to be shown and the gender of the other person. In most cases, a 45 degree bow is the right choice.

By the way: Avoid greeting with a handshake when you meet friends in a restaurant who are currently eating. Polite people would have to stop eating, or at least the man would have to get up too. Therefore it should stay with a greeting in passing.

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