May 24th, 2017

Have you ever been in a situation where you were confused about which gesture of acknowledgement or greeting to use? Is a kiss on the cheek appropriate for family only? Is a handshake appropriate for only bosses and colleagues? Is a hug appropriate as a greeting or a parting gesture at any time?

  A Social Kiss

  The cheek kiss is popular in some cultures, but the United States is still behind on this trend.  If you are uncertain as to the appropriateness of this gesture, the safest way to to avoid an embarrassing situation is just not to participate.  Opt for a warm handshake instead. 
A Social Hug

  The hug is a gesture that has to be gauged.  If you’re a hugger, look for cues that a hug is warranted and will be accepted.  Because you run the risk of an unwanted invasion of someone’s personal space, it’s best to return a hug only when one is initiated, and not to automatically assume that everyone you meet is naturally a hugger. 
For men, it’s best not to initiate a hug with a woman; there could be consequences.

A Handshake

  The handshake is the most common form of greeting and is always appropriate for persons who are not intimate with one another.  They are offered upon meeting, greeting, parting, offering congratulations, expressing gratitude, or completing an agreement. It is appropriate to use handshakes with strangers, friends, acquaintances, and business associates. Shake hands when:

  –          You meet someone for the first time
–          Greeting someone you are being introduced to
–          Arriving or leaving a business or social event
–          At the conclusion of a business transaction
When in doubt, a handshake never fails! For more information on the tools and techniques of a polished professional in today’s business environment, contact Protocol International today!
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