When I extended my hand and introduced myself, I was taken aback by what followed.
You explained to me that you don’t shake hands during the cold and flu season (guess I have to check back with you in the spring or summer) since you meet so many people. As I lowered my hand, you went on to explain that at the moment you weren’t sick. That was a nice touch. It was all about you and not even that you were sick and didn’t want to pass your germs on to me, a client. (See, TALK TO THE HAND)
Sometimes you have to ‘manner’ up and take that hand that’s been graciously extended to you. There’s always the opportunity to give your hands a good washing with soap and water or use some Purell®, it comes in purse size. Whatever you do, use your brain.
I could understand it if we were on a cruise ship where handshaking is discouraged, but we were in a conference room.
FLOTUS, but you may want to take a page out of their book, someone gives you their hand you shake it. Your behavior left me shaking my head.