Handshakes are serious business in our culture. Typically, it's the first time we get to touch a stranger for a proper introduction. Yet, if you give someone a poor handshake, it's seared in that person's memory.
Create a memory . Our brain sends signals in a particular pattern associated with the event we're experiencing and creates connections between our neurons, called synapses. Consolidate that memory . It's the process of committing something to long-term memory so we can recall it later. Much of this process happens while we're sleeping as our brains recreate that same pattern of brain activity and strengthen the synapses created earlier. Recall . Recalling a memory is easier if it has been strengthened over time.
Smile . A smile is the most memorable feature after first meeting someone. The right handshake. A proper handshake can convey confidence. Introductions . Throw in a verbal introduction as you meet with people, even something as basic as "great to meet you". Speak clearly. Make eye contact. Use body language. Most of us instinctively mirror each other's body language. Mirroring body language is a non-verbal way of saying "we have something in common."
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Business relationships. Limit personal conversations at the office on a need-to-know basis. Be a good team player, don't make annoying sounds that might distract others, and offer to assist coworkers if they need help. Proper attire. Know how to dress in any situation. Getting ahead. Show up on time, do a good job, and maintain a positive attitude. Office Cubicles. Be polite and respectful to those who work around you. Keep noise, smells, and any other distractions to a minimum. Shaking hands. A decent handshake can give someone a good first impression. Business gifts. Make sure your gift is appropriate to the setting and occasion. Acknowledge others. Be the first to congratulate someone where it is due. Never take credit for someone else's work.
When life begins to feel repetitive, it's a sign you've gotten stuck in old habits. When we get stuck on autopilot, we lose touch with actual experience—which can always be interesting if we bring our curiosity to it.
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