Intimidating body language
Palms down but with spread fingers shows that although you may be firm in your words, you are open to the opinion of others.
Pointing or poking your finger at someone is always a signal of disapproval or hostility.
A good way of avoiding this is simply to step out of reach – you will no longer be feeding his or her ego by allowing the gesture.
Having a good grip is a sign of confidence, power and wisdom, whereas a “fishy”, weak grip shows insecurity and fear.
Another component of this form of communication that people don’t often think about is the placement of the palm: This is a common question and everybody has their own, comfortable duration before he or she begins feeling like they are holding someone’s hand unnecessarily.
A few other things to note about handshakes: clasping the shoulder or elbow during a handshake is a friendly gesture that implies the general happiness and good will of the person.
If you’re happy to see them, this is a good gesture to articulate that message.
The placement of your hands, much like in handshakes, is equally important in everyday conversations.