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How to do business in Jamaica.

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  1. 1. By Luz Rivera<br />
  2. 2. How To Greet Your Host<br />Try to have a translator if you can’t speak Creole.<br />Handshake with direct eye contact and warm smile<br />Use appropriate salutation for the time of day<br />Men often pat each other shoulder or arm, Woman may hug and kiss on each cheek, starting with the right<br />Address people by Mr., Mrs., Miss<br />Once friendship deepens, you may be asked to call the person by nickname<br />Always wait til your invited before using someone first name<br />
  3. 3. Business Attire<br />Men’s wears suits, jackets and ties are expected. Only on Fridays men’s are allow to dress down.<br />Woman’s wears suits, skirt suits, or casual business wear.<br />
  4. 4. Traditional Attire<br />Club Attire<br />Beach Attire<br />
  5. 5. Business Negotiations<br />Avoid high-pressure sales.<br />Relationships are viewed as more important than rules.<br />The person with the most authority makes the decisions.<br />Jamaicans are direct and say what they mean. They appreciative and are not impressed by too much details.<br />Bargaining is customary and expected. Don’t give your best offer at the beginning.<br />Do not put all your cards on the table at one time.<br />
  6. 6. Meeting and Dining<br />Do not sit down until you are invited to and told where to sit. <br />Table manners are Continental -- the fork is held in the left hand and the knife in the right while eating. <br />Meals are often served buffet-style. <br />Do not begin eating until the host invites you to start. <br />When not eating, it is acceptable to keep your hands in your lap. <br />Try everything since it demonstrates graciousness. <br />Always use utensils to eat. <br />It is considered polite to finish everything on your plate.<br />
  7. 7. More Info while in Jamaica<br /> Do’s<br />Don’ts <br />Be respectful, but firm when you need to with anyone who approaches you.<br />Always have friends with you.<br />When someone offers you Drugs, just say “No thanks, I’m good”.<br />Have only dollar bills just in case you get lost.<br />Do not wear a lot of jewelry. You don’t need to impress anyone, it might make you a rich target.<br />Don’t flash rolls of money. <br />Don’t wear fanny packs, it screams out tourist with something valuable.<br />Don’t venture down alleys.<br />
  8. 8. Resources<br /><br /><br /><br />
  9. 9. Thank You<br />