A proper handshake

Do you know how to do a proper handshake? When do you grip? Do you step with your right or left foot when you shake hands? Do you move your hand or not? 

Here are some tips: 

1. When approaching someone to shake hands, step with your right leg to shake hands with your right hand. If you step with your left foot and shake with your right hand, you will be too close to the other person. 

2. When your hands approach the other person's hands, do not grip around their fingers but rather wait till the area between your index finger and thumb touches the same area in their hand to grip. 

3. Give a gentle but firm squeeze, and then reduce the pressure about 30-40% and shake by moving your arm up and down. We give a firm squeeze and move our hands so it doesn't feel like we are holding someone's hand, but rather are shaking their hands. 

Remember it's a handshake and not a handhold. 



Look up

How was your posture today at work? Were your shoulders curved and your back in an S shape, or was your head aligned with your spine and your shoulders aligned with your ears? 

If you type at a desk or are on a laptop or look at your cell phone for most of the day, then you are putting great strain on your back and shoulders. To reduce this strain and improve your posture, simply look up at the ceiling. Whenever you are not typing or reading something, just look up. This will reset your posture and allow you to feel more confident throughout the day.



Q&A Excellence

Sometimes after a great presentation we really struggle during the Q&A sessions. Here are two tips that will take your Q&A sessions to the next level: 

1. Thank the other person for the question AND smile

- This is a significant mood changer even if you don't know how to answer the question. Some good things to say BEFORE you respond are "Thank you for your question." Or "Yes, that's a good question," or "Yes, that's an interesting question." 
- Be sure to smile BEFORE and AFTER your answer. In difficult situations or one where you are unsure as to how to answer this will help you relax, and control your emotions. 

2. Hands at your side
- In most tense situations, a lot of people cross their arms or put their hands in front (the default Korean position of respect). However, this will make you even more tense and the other person will react to your tension. 
- Put your hands at your side and do your best to relax your hands. It's hard to tense your shoulders/face/body if your hands are relaxed. Loosen those fingers.