The Obama Handshake
[1 minute self-development] Here's one of my short 1-minute blogs about body language.
A 'palm down' handshake is an ‘alpha-male’ (or alpha-female) dominant gesture, whereas 'palm up' is passive and submissive.
The President of the United States is rocking the alpha shake here, hence my new name for it - "The Obama Handshake".
Use this knowledge in one of three ways.
- 1) To "alpha-yourself-up"….
- 2) To concede power and authority to somebody else. Perhaps you want your boss to feel great and to let him know that you’re not a threat. This would also work in a job interview.
- 3) To share power evenly. When someone moves in with palm facing downward (as often happens), turn your hand vertical as you shake so both hands are directly upright. Oh, and enjoy the confused look on their face.
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