Fist Bumps vs. Handshakes

A few years ago, I accompanied my mother-in-law to several medical exams. Various physicians would greet her with a handshake, and I was a tad embarrassed that she ignored them. So, I shook their hands. She later explained that she avoided handshakes due spreading germs.

Apparently, my mother-in-law is forward thinking. In today’s Association’s Now Daily News, Rob Stott inquires in the lead story, “Is the Fist Bump the New Handshake?” “Adoption of the fist bump as a greeting could substantially reduce the transmission of infectious diseases between individuals,” reports David Whitworth, Ph.D., a coauthor of a study by the Institute of Biological, Environmental, and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University in the United Kingdom. “It is unlikely that a no-contact greeting could supplant the handshake; however, for the sake of improving public health we encourage further adoption of the fist bump as a simple, free, and more hygienic alternative to the handshake.”

How does one “do” the professional fist bump. View and enjoy.

About Glenda Sharp

I am a Certified Association Executive with more than 25 years of association management experience. I am principal of Sharper Associations, a full service association management and consulting firm. My clients include the Chicago Association of Direct Marketing, National Speakers Association-IL Chapter, SIETAR USA, West Suburban Bar Association, Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, PR consultant Deborah Weixl, and author Harry Sharp.

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