A firm handshake gives a good impression

Handshakes are a universally accepted way to meet and greet in business social gatherings and meetings. A firm handshake gives a good impression, and an intention to have peace with each other.

A handshake is also a popular non-verbal behaviour when a business deal is closed. It was like “thank you for accepting my proposal” or “thank you for the opportunities to collaborate or work together”.

A firm palm to palm handshake

Practice a firm, palm to palm followed by a decisive release kind of handshake. You will need this after the COVID is over. Avoid bone crusher, wet fish, dead fish, fingertips handshakes. Also, when your hand is cold, warm it up by rubbing your hands together before a handshake.

History of handshake

According to history.com, one of the earliest depictions of a handshake is found in a ninth-century B.C. relief, which shows the Assyrian King Shalmaneser III pressing the flesh with a Babylonian ruler to seal an alliance. 

You can read the full article about history of handshake here.

No handshake during COVID pandemic

During this COVID pandemic, a handshake is deemed dangerous. Scientifically, it is because of the possible COVID transmission from one person to the other and can spread like crazy.

Handshake will be back to life

You know what? COVID is not going to last forever on this planet. Face to face business meetings will come back to life at some point in the future and the popular handshake way to meet and greet in business gatherings will come back to life too.

Just look at the history of the previous pandemics, for example, the H1N1 Swine flu pandemic occurred between 2009 to 2010. The main route of swine flu virus spread between humans is exposure to the virus when someone infected sneezes or coughs, and the virus enters one of the potential mucous surfaces, or when a person touched something infected with the virus and subsequently touch their nose, mouth, and surrounding areas. This is how COVID was spread too.

Ask yourself? Before the COVID outbreak, did you shake hand with other people? I guess your answer is YES. With the COVID vaccines rolling out rapidly worldwide as I am writing this article, I believe COVID will no longer control how we want to live our lives and greet people in business settings.

Be ready to meet and greet with a firm handshake

Let be positive about the future and practice your firm handshake for when we are ready to meet face to face for business.

In the meantime, we embrace online meeting via Zoom, Whatapps, Face Time, Messenger, Skype, Google Meet and so on. We cannot do a handshake but we can smile and wave when we meet on screen. This is a popular non-verbal body language to welcome others in virtual meetings.

If you are running a business through a limited company, remember to deliver your confirmation statement and company accounts promptly to Companies House. It is important to maintain your company status “Active” with Companies House during this COVID pandemic. Your customers will lose confidence in your products or services if they see your company status is a “proposal to strike off” or “dissolved”.

Lunar new year greetings 2021

Lunar new year greetings to each other are common so when you meet someone who celebrates the Chinese new year 2021, what are you going to greet him or her?

The most common greeting phrase is “Gong Xi Fa Chai” 恭喜发财. “Gong xi” means congratulations and “fa cai” means prosperity.

There are other greetings messages you can use:

Greetings in EnglishGreetings in Mandarin (with ping yin)
Wish you a Happy new year祝你新年快乐
Zhù nǐ xīnnián kuàilè
Wish you to have a good health祝你身体健康
Zhù nǐ shēntǐ jiànkāng
Wish your business prosper祝您生意兴隆
Zhù nín shēngyì xīnglóng
Wish your dreams come true祝你梦想成真
Zhù nǐ mèngxiǎng chéng zhēn
Wish you everything goes well and smooth祝你一切顺利
Zhù nǐ yīqiè shùnlì

Chinese new year food

Besides, the lunar new year greetings, delicious food is a way to gather everyone around the table to celebrate.

Lunar new year red envelops

Red envelops are commonly given to kids and unmarried individuals in Chinese culture.

We, at Concise, would like to wish everyone in business “sheng yi xing long” 生意兴隆. Enjoy your lunar new year 2021. If you require help to take care of your company accounts and confirmation statement, feel free to contact our accountants.

Chinese new year 2021 – Year of Ox

Chinese new year 2021 – Year of ox. This year, the first day of Chinese New Year celebration would be on 12 February 2021. People in Asia start their celebration from Chinese new year’s eve, 11 February 2021.

London Chinatown has put up their bright red lanterns on the streets to spread the festive spirit in London. Many shops in Chinatown sells Chinese new year decorations, snacks and food. Most decorations and food are in red packaging. Red colour is believed to bring good luck and good fortune to all.

Even though no public performances and parade this year in London to celebrate the Chinese new year due to the ongoing COVID-19 national lockdown, this year celebration would be at home with families and friends live in the same households.

The year you were born determined your Chinese Zodiac animal sign

There are 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac and the animal zodiac sign rotate every 12 years. For example, if you were born in the year 1973, you would be an ox.

Generally, the year you were born determined which animal zodiac sign you are.

Zodiac AnimalYear of birth
Rat1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
Ox1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
Tiger1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
Rabbit1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
Dragon1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
Snake1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
Horse1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
Goat1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
Monkey1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028
Rooster1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029
Dog1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030
Pig1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031

Personality trait based on your Chinese Zodiac sign

According to yourchineseastrology.com, these are your personality traits based on your Chinese zodiac sign. We list the good traits here.

Zodiac AnimalPersonality traits
RatInsightful, quick reflexes, adaptable, strong adaptive capacity to environment, good at making all kinds of friends.
OxPrudent, follow procedures step by step, take things slowly, unlikely to be influenced by others or environment, do things out of personal idea and ability, go ahead steadily and surely, always can achieve the set goals.
Tigerpassionate, brave, adventurous, love to take challenges;
RabbitThoughtful, tender and considerate
DragonVigorous, full of vitality and strength;
Snake Kind, optimistic, brave, persistent, intelligent and enterprising
HorseCheerful, optimistic, romantic, passionate, and well-spoken
GoatMeticulous, think thoroughly and can notice the trivial details
MonkeyVersatile, desire to show off, want to try everything and generally make the achievement
Rooster Intelligent, witty, talented and unwilling to fall after others
DogSimple, upright, straightforward, honest, modest, friendly, and make others feel reliable and safe
PigPhilanthropic, compassionate, generous, and never betray or cheat friends out of personal interest

Compatibility – Best match

Yourchineseastrology.com also published the best match, lively pair and worst match of the 12 animal signs with each other. We would like to list the best match here.

Zodiac AnimalBest match
RatOx, Dragon, Monkey
OxRat, Snake, Rooster
TigerHorse, Dog, Pig
RabbitGoat, Dog, Pig
DragonRat, Monkey, Rooster
SnakeOx, Rooster, Monkey
HorseTiger, Goat, Dog
GoatRabbit, Horse, Pig
MonkeyRat, Dragon, Snake
RoosterOx, Dragon, Snake
DogTiger, Rabbit, Horse
PigGoat, Rabbit, Tiger

Chinese New Year 2021 best wishes

We wish this Chinese New Year 2021, the year of Ox would bring you prospering business, good health, family harmony and joy every day. This includes smooth filings of your confirmation statement and your company account and plenty of cash left after settling your corporation tax bill this year.

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