I have it on good authority from she who must be obeyed (the wife) that women think chivalry is dead!
Well I’m going to attempt to redress this with some handy hints, under close supervision of course, to put our natural machismo back in it’s box for a bit to allow our knight in shining armour persona to step forward front and center.
The “On first meeting greeting.”
Greetings begin with an opportunity to demonstrate your excellent manners, and you should jump at this opportunity
When meeting a woman you should wait to see if she reaches to shake your hand or not. If she does then you should take her hand gently but firmly, a limp wristed wet fish handshake could suggest to her you’re limp in the trouser department too. And that’s a very bad start.
Look her in the eyes, smile, and greet her with whatever words you feel comfortable using. Some women have a very firm handshake, and you should be prepared for this. Don’t automatically assume that she’s going to be extremely delicate.
If she does not reach out her hand to shake yours, do not thrust your hand towards her expecting her to shake it. Making eye contact is essential as it can help alleviate nervousness and establishes a level of trust. Men of a more dubious character or who have an ulterior motive typically can’t look people in the eye and she’ll pick up on this immediately.