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One kiss or two?

Published: 18th October 2007 - Category: Bastow Blogs - Author: Lynne Bastow

Definitely two!

The BBC reports that we Brits are cringing because we no longer know how to greet each other.

Here are my preferred rules of engagement:

  1. All meetings with clients

    Handshake at start and finish of meeting. Use of title and surname.

  2. Conclusion of matter with client

    Handshake, kiss on each cheek and… if it has been traumatic – hug! Use of forenames.

  3. Friends

    Kiss on each cheek – first name terms obviously!

  4. Acquaintances

    Handshake if man, kiss on each cheek if woman. Use of forenames unless they are of an older generation in which case respect demands that one uses their title and surname until they tell one otherwise.

  5. All children under 10

    Handshake, one kiss on cheek and ask them how they are and use their name in each sentence.

  6. All children over 10

    As friends.

  7. My family

    Hugs and kiss on each cheek. Use of pet names.

  8. People whom I have never met whom I correspond with on a professional basis

    Use of title and surname. It annoys me when mediators address me as Lynne when they would not recognise me in the street. Just because mediation is friendly does not mean that you are my friend. There are exceptions, fellow bloggers, people who comment on this blog, Law Society employees, the police, Neil Diamond, Al Gore, George Clooney – oops seem to have moved to my top ten men which is the subject of another post…

  9. People whom I correspond with on a personal basis

    As 8 above. I do not think my home insurance provider, based on another continent should address me by my first name. No doubt this is a sign that I am getting old.

  10. Judges

    District Judge – Sir/Madam
    Circuit Judge – Your Honour
    No physical contact.

  11. My boyfriend
    Usually no contact on greeting. He hugs and kisses every other woman he knows which is how I know he likes me. He can, of course, say the same about me…
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