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Chapter 10. "Who Are You?" > Yes, Mind Your Manners

Yes, Mind Your Manners

Life is more casual today, and few people can quote chapter and verse on the protocol of introductions. But it will make you feel more confident to know the rules, so here they are.

Shaking hands and standing up. Anyone who is introduced to anyone else should offer to shake hands. Gender and age used to govern who put out his hand first. Those distinctions are obsolete today. Reaching out to shake hands should be almost simultaneous. It's proper to stand when introductions are being made unless you are seated in a restaurant or are in some other environment that makes standing difficult.


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