Whether you’re at a big networking event or just a party where you don’t know anyone, you’re bound to meet someone and shake their hand. One simple trick will make sure your handshake is never off-putting.
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Nobody likes to reach out a welcoming hand and get a cold and wet one in return. Even if they know it’s from your drink, it’s uncomfortable, and you wiping your hand off on your pants right before you shake isn’t much better. To get around all of that, Jacqueline Whitmore at Entrepreneur has one simple rule to follow: always hold your drink in your left hand. Most people are right-handed so your shaking hand is always available, and it won’t feel like ice-cold swampy death to your new acquaintances. Of course, if you forget, and you’re with the right kind of crowd, you can always do the far more sanitary first bump.