The C.O. Guide to Etiquette

Part Three: The handshake is the key to any successful introduction. Always grasp the hand firmly, and shake from the elbow, pumping about three or four times. A two-handed grip is too familiar for most business and social situations.

Regardless of species, a bear hug is considered inappropriate for an initial greeting.

Photo: Alan Vernon



  1. Hi, he’s Erik Stratton, rush chairman, and he’s damn glad to meet you.

  2. Kristen says:

    Oooh! I’ll take a bear hug anyway!

  3. As of this moment, they’re on… DOUBLE SECRET PROBATION!

  4. Not That Mike The Other Mike says:

    Kar FTW! 🙂

  5. Reminds me of my brother and SIL’s engagement party. My bro (6’1″) bro went around shaking hands with her relatives saying “Hi, I’m Ed,” in extra-extra-deep voice.

  6. AuntieMame says:

    Unless, of course, you’re one of these adorable bears, in which case, hugs are totally appropriate!

  7. cellarmouse says:

    Theresa – for a minute there – i thoght it was yr sil ( tho you clearly said “bro” – twice) who was 6’1″ and spoke in an extra deep voice – which would’ve been even funnier …

  8. tracylee says:

    Can all of my meetings go like this? Pls.?

  9. @Cellarmouse, well, she already knew them, and wasn’t worried about making the right impression. 😆

  10. Pat Trenner says:

    Most Excellent Hovertext.

  11. MamaLana says:

    Bear hugs, bare hugs!

  12. Great intro, NTMTOM!

  13. OMG, that hover text made me snort!!!!!!!! Eric Stratton…very good line to quote!

  14. victoreia says:

    “Pardon me for not rising; I’ve had a bad morning…”

  15. Excellent Animal House reference on the hovertext!! Made me literally LOL!

  16. Sparkly says:

    Dearest NTMTOM,

    Are you married?
    Will you caption my life in real time?
    You are a saint.
    All of my love forever and ever.



  17. Hon Glad says:

    Excuse me, I bearly know you.

  18. kenny_g says:

    O hai!

  19. how i love a spring proposal!!!

  20. Is that a clip-on tie?

  21. Debbieln60 says:

    ‘Everyone is watching right now, so, we’ll hug later, ok?”

  22. Nandalal Alley says:

    We hear about bear hug and not bears-hand-shake. must be a fake shake.

  23. awww i love this. so precious.