What’s Better Than A Handshake?

What’s Better Than A Handshake?

With the virus fears of eating much of the media time this year, “the handshake” has fallen on unstable ground.  People have had to rethink the way they greet their clients, teammates and friends.  On a trip to London before all the government lockdowns, people from France were greeting each other with a touch of their feet and other people were greeting with elbows.    It just doesn’t seem right.

A horse bowing

Based on the country, the greeting when you meet people various depending on the location, handshakes, handmotions, facial expressions.  The western nations have adopted the handshake.  But where does it come from?  One source says, “One of the earliest known depictions of a handshake is an ancient Assyrian relief of the 9th century BC depicting the Assyrian king Shalmaneser III shaking the hand of the Babylonian king Marduk-zakir-shumi I to seal an alliance.  The handshake has been around for a long time.  The handshake is commonly done upon meeting, greeting, parting, offering congratulations, expressing gratitude, or as a public sign of completing a business or diplomatic agreement“.

In Japan, we see more hand shaking over the recent years, as students receive their diplomas and such.  But one thing that presists is the bow.  Honoring or recognizing the person in front of you.  It’s not touching feet, hands, hands or elbows.  If societal norms change to make hand shaking taboo, how about replacing it with a bow?  We do in in Japan, Korea, and other parts of Asia.  If it works in the most populous region of the world, why can’t it work for other places.We can’t speak for the world, but at AINEO, we’re thankful for the millions of organizations that use CIRCLE Cloud Communications to call, video conference, and chat with their clients and teams.  Need cloud-based, always on contact with your teams, contact us here.

What’s better than a handshake? Maybe a bow, but our guess is we’ll be back to handshaking before you know it.



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