From music to etiquette consultant
OCHO RIOS, St Ann:
Claudja Barry comes from a time when things were much different in Jamaica. Poverty existed but still, people had the good old Jamaican manners and were a lot more humane towards each other than what exists nowadays.
She left Jamaica at an early age for Canada and later made her mark in the theatre in Europe before becoming a hit in the music industry, beginning in the '70s with tracks such as Dancing Fever and Boogie Woogie Dancin' Shoes, Love for the Sake of Love, among others.
Her repertoire includes eight albums, the last being Come On, Stand Up (Paradax Records) in 2015.
But now, Claudja Barry has extended her scope.
Music aside, Barry is also a business etiquette consultant, trainer and speaker, who specialises in etiquette and protocol issues that today's business professional faces. She is trained and certified as a corporate etiquette and international protocol consultant by the renowned Protocol School of Washington. Barry is founder and president of Foundation Etiquette and Protocol.
She divides her time between St Ann, Jamaica, and overseas, but she sees a need to use her training in etiquette to help improve the behaviour of Jamaicans, many of whom seem to think it is okay to exhibit boorish behaviour, no matter what.
"What I would like to do is inform people that there is another way to behave and another way to interact with each other, to make our lives together on this planet a little bit easier and a lot less aggressive," Barry told Rural Xpress.
HOW TO BEHAVE
"I'm trying to teach people how to behave socially. Interpersonal skills are very important because we just seem to be losing our kindness, the respect, the love that we should have for each other."
Barry added: "I'm offering seminars on etiquette, general etiquette, corporate etiquette also known as business etiquette, personal etiquette, interpersonal skills, image management, how to deal with people from other cultures, how to behave in public, how to be kind to your family, how to, just generally, be a good human being."
She said it seems Jamaicans have lost their way on how to drive with respect, talk with respect, and how to behave in public in a way that does not upset and anger everybody else around.