Today someone came up to me and introduced himself. He reached out his hand to shake hands with me. I went in for a “normal” handshake (grip and release), but when I went in for the regular grip, the grip wasn’t very firm, moved quickly, and before I knew it, it moved to a thumb clasp kind of thing.
I thought it ended there, but I think he was going to finish with a kind of finger clasp, so I missed the third step.
Now … this was in an informal setting, but I don’t really know this person. Which one of us exactly should have dictated the hand shake style, and how is that determined? Was the 2/3 a compromise, or did it leave both parties cold, as it wasn’t really my style, and apparently I didn’t really finish the shake the other guy was going for. I could go on …
What does everyone think? What are appropriate hand shakes, and when is the appropriate setting for the various types of shake?