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do you shake hands with potential clients

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnranger44, Dec 6, 2001.

  1. lawnranger44

    lawnranger44 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    Last night my brother, my dad and I went over to this lady's house. She got our flyer and she was wondering if we would get some stuff in her attic for her. I figured, sure why not, if we do this she might want us for mowing in the spring.
    So anyway we show up and I hold out my hand and introduce myself and she looked at my hand like it was on fire. She just wouldn't shake hands with me! I can't believe how disrespectful some people can be!

    So any way my question is: do you shake hands with potential clients? I think you should it is the polite, professional, respectful thing to do.
  2. scott's turf

    scott's turf LawnSite Senior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 949

    Always, but I have had some limp fish handshakes from some women. What out for those kind!!
  3. turfquip

    turfquip LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    Sometimes its appropriate to shake hands with a new business prospect...but not always. The key is to not be too aggressive. Don't assume everybody wants to shake your hand. I often would prefer NOT to shake someones hand.

    Watch for visual clues I guess. If it is a way a person normally conducts themselves throughout the course of the day then you'll know it. Some people shake hands too frequently though too.
  4. parkwest

    parkwest LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 678

    Sorry boys,

    Contrary to your public school education, men and women are different and dealing with men should be handled differently than women. A manly handshake should be implemented using a strong firm grip. If a woman offers you her hand, take it lightly by the fingers. Do not try to get a firm thumb-to-thumb grip on a womans hand.

    In this country we used to have a law against men uninvitingly touching a woman without her permission, with a fine equal to about $10,000.00 fine paid to the woman.
  5. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    For a man I always stick my hand out for the handshake. Women I don't. If I meet a woman and she sticks her hand out first then I shake. If not, I don't iniate it. Some women do, some women don't.

    Isn't that how it always is? :D
  6. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 870

    65hoss has it about exactly right:

    Extend your hand to a gentleman.
    Wait for a lady to extend hers.
  7. scott's turf

    scott's turf LawnSite Senior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 949

    Women I slap on the butt and men I give hig five's.
  8. scott's turf

    scott's turf LawnSite Senior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 949

    high fives
  9. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,662

    I would shake their hands if they put them out. I do just like TQ said and wait for the signal or the look of anticipated greetings I guess -LOL!!!

    The other thing that I do is ALWAYS call my clients Mr or Mrs first and then I will call them by their first name afterwards if they have requested I use it.

    This usually gets a smile or a laff. After a few times of crossing paths people seem to get used to the intial acknowledgement of formality and then know it goes to a casual manner if they have requested it without having to say a word.

    I too believe it the respectful thing to do but try to see how they perceive it first.

  10. Green Care

    Green Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 530

    I shake hands only if they act first.

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