Easier to Network?
Is it easier or harder to network here in Jamaica than in other places? I am not sure if I know the answer to that question, but realized after a few months of living on the island that networking is different here compared to the process I followed when I lived in North America.
For starters, nobody ever asked me, ” was I related to such and such, and did I attend prep school with …….? or am I the daughter- in-law of ……..?” These questions affected me in a very strange way, as I asked “why does it matter who I am related to?”
While I now recognize that this is simply how trust is established among many on the island as they attempt to place you, it threw me for a tail loop my first year here. It is very interesting three years later, when I am introduced as Merle’s daughter-in-law, or Francis’s wife I just smile. As they say in Jamaica ” so it ahh go” meaning that it’s how things are done, so do not try to fight the system.
My new conclusion is that if I am going to live here, I need to understand the “why” of how things work and find my place in this society.
My Rolodex filled with names and telephone numbers for contacts up and down the east coast, those living out on the west coast, as well as those living in the the southern states, was of no assistance to me while trying to network on the island Jamaica.
I had to start my contact list over from zero. Oh lucky me!.
My husband realized this as well and he went a step further and started writing about the networking differences, which led to him giving a few presentations and speeches on the topic last year. At first, he wanted to have someone write a book about the topic, but when he couldn’t figure out how to direct the project, he connected with a designer Tavia Tomlinson and together they came up with an e-book, which is now finally available as a download. This e-book, includes a combination of text, audio and video.
A copy can be claimed by contacting me or leaving your name at the following
I am sharing this with readers since all of you should find this free e-book helpful when considering moving to this island in the sun. We get weekly emails from individuals who are thinking about moving to Jamaica, with many admitting that they are unsure of where to begin. My initial advice is always for them to start making trips to the island and begin building networks.