Hello SOTGC community,
I am delighted to be a guest contributor for the SOTGC community. As an etiquette enthusiast, I would love to share with you the rules of etiquette both old and new. I have recently attended an international chemistry conference. Lunch for the delegates consisted of a buffet lunch which was conducive to networking with my fellow scientists.
It is also during this time when people are being introduced to one another. Several times, I heard, ‘I won’t shake your hand, mine is sticky,’ leaving the other person looking a little uncomfortable.
Here are two practical ways of avoiding sticky handshakes:
- Have a fresh serviette to wipe your hands with at all times. The servers usually have this as they pass the food around.
- With very few exceptions, the right hand is offered for the handshake. So, hold the plate with your right hand, and eat with your left. This way, just swiftly switch “plate hands” and your right hand will be relatively clean for the handshake.
Kate Lim: author of The Etiquette Butterfly blog