By Julia McKinnell - Monday, November 12, 2012 - 0 Comments
Palm-to-palm contact is crucial if you want to make a good impression
Patti Wood sees a disturbing new trend: the decline of the handshake. Germophobes are shunning palm-to-palm contact and it’s hurting their careers, says the author of Snap: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language and Charisma.
According to Wood, it takes an average of three hours of continuous face-to-face interaction to develop the same level of rapport you get instantly with a handshake. “Yes, it’s amazing that you can shake hands with someone and, in a moment, make him feel as safe and comfortable with you as if you’d been talking for hours.”
The handshake is so vital that Wood speaks up if someone refuses hers. “I say, ‘Put out your hand!’” the author said on the phone from Decatur, Georgia. “Even if you don’t get a good handshake, you can say, ‘Let’s try that again,’ and go in for a better grip.”
As she explains, first impressions are made in a split second. “We can form an accurate first impression in 100 milliseconds – less than the time it takes to snap our fingers.” Continue…
By Aaron Wherry - Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 3:25 PM - 16 Comments
Robert Cribb talks to the Prime Minister’s body language advisor.
Watch the debate clips now and note the placement of Harper’s hands, cupped and open, directly at stomach height. Bowden refers to this as the “Truth Plane” — a visual expression that communicates the right mix of composed, competent resolve and level-headed credibility … Bowden would say our reptilian brains saw something different in him during the debate and campaign. Harper appeared to be the candidate “most assertive and in control,” says Bowden. “If you ask people what they thought of him, they’ll say he was prime ministerial. I think he did brilliantly.”