| Notice the 'grasp of finger tips' style of handshake|
Cook Islands Bowlers celebrating their victory in lawn bowls
Front page photograph of Times 26/7/14
It's a chance to see great sport and observe non verbal communication traditions and cultures from around the world.
How handshakes are employed is an area of interest for those in selling.
Take a look at the handshakes of the bowlers from the Cook Islands. ( see right)
Similarly in cricket today the batsman often celebrate a good stroke or innings by a glove bump.
Handshakes are used to demonstrate politicians are 'in touch' with their electorate.
|London Times Saturday 26th July 2014 p.15|
“They are brands rather than authentic gestures. I don’t think they have lasting power, unlike the notorious middle finger , which has been used as an insult since the Romans.”As Leaders we need to develop the 'common touch' in order to sell their message whether in selling or in politics. We meet people from many different walks of life and cultures. But the risk of damaging your image has also to be taken into account. Such informality as a fist bump could be construed as a lack of decorum and dignity.
As we enjoy the festival of sport and culture of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games keep a look out for the different handshakes and body language. It's fascinating.