I’m going to make myself write a short post.  I really am.  Because I have a question to ask of those who have good social skills:

How should you shake hands with someone who is holding a cup of coffee in their other hand?

I have tried this twice recently at church, and both times, I made the other person spill their coffee.  I was using my normal handshake, which attempts to be firm and brisk.  Should I abandon the general rule and give the other person a weak handshake if they are holding a beverage?  Or is it a mistake to try shaking hands with someone holding coffee in the first place?

I’m interested in the answer to this very serious question.