As Mother’s Day approaches, I am again reminded of how far ahead of the times my mother was when she taught me how to properly shake hands so many years ago. Through the years, I have met females of all ages who are unsure how to shake hands. Some don’t offer a hand, some have a half handshake, some have a weak handshake. The ones who stand out are the ones who have a strong, firm handshake! For me, it can make the difference in whether or not I hire someone for our staff.
I have demonstrated handshakes to many women through the years. This has included aspiring politicians, job seekers, employees, relatives and daughters of friends.
I recently met the college-aged daughter of my son’s landlord. I immediately said, “Great handshake!” The smile on her face and her mother’s face told the story: Her mother had indeed taught her how to shake hands. Of course, I shared the story with them of my mother teaching me to shake hands before I left for college so many years ago.
As Mother’s Day approaches, take time to shake hands with your daughters and their friends. Take time to teach them the important skill of a firm handshake. It will pay dividends both personally and professionally for many years. It will also give your daughters a story to tell about their mother, particularly on Mother’s Day! Happy Mother’s Day!