Müller goes networking again

Yesterday, I went to a networking event. Rules about who gets access are quite strict in Germany now, and the organizer took screening the visitors’ documents very seriously. For me, meeting a greater number of people still feels odd, but after a while (read: after the welcome drink) I can usually relax. What totally freaks me out though – which, of course, I try not to show – is when people want to shake hands with me. What about you? How do you feel about shaking hands and what are appropriate strategies for circumventing the situation without offending people or embarrassing oneself?