Tuesday, August 17, 2010

International Handshaking Hints

Traveling on vacation a bit more this summer for the Labor Day holiday? Junior year in College abroad? Business meetings overseas? Take a minute to read a few tips on international handshaking:

  • USA: Firm, solid grip with 2-3 strokes
  • France: Light grip and 1 brisk stroke
  • Germany: Firm grip and 1 stroke
  • Latin Cultures: Light grip and linger 2x as long as USA handshake
  • Middle East: Limp and lingering grip only. Never a stroke.
  • Russia: Firm grip and 1 stroke
  • Japan: Light grip, 3-4 gentle strokes
  • Australia: Firm grip and 2 strokes

Travel safely and smart. Enjoy!