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Seven ways to improve your resilience

“Tough times don’t last, tough people do.” – Robert H. Schuller We have undoubtedly been knocked by a tremendous blow. Hurricane Dorian visited our beautiful country and left massive destruction in

How to master your time

Many people struggle with not having enough time. As things slow down a bit during the summer, it is definitely a time to practice your time management skills. You may

Five elements that help people to listen to you

If you want people to listen when you speak, here are a few small things that grow into more important factors when you want to capture the respectful attention you

How to get clear on what you want

Imagine yourself in a race in which you, the runner, take off full of energy and enthusiasm. Intent on winning, for the first few moments you enjoy the breeze in

Four ways to be fulfilled at work

Many people have become conditioned to only live for the weekend. Even worse, people have been conditioned to take on jobs that they despise and dread going to work when

Do you have a make it real mentality?

The single most important gift given to mankind is the gift of vision. Nothing noble or noteworthy has ever been done without vision. It’s the vehicle that drives you, gives

Five daily habits of highly successful people

Being a success in any industry calls for a strong commitment to a clear set of habits. John Maxwell, an author and leadership expert, is known for the saying: “Everything

How to be fulfilled at work

At a recent training session with a private client, I asked the attendees a simple but telling question, “Do you love your job?” More than sixty percent of the employees

How to take control of your time

As we are in full 2019 swing, you may feel busy at every moment. At the end of the day are you pleased with your results? No matter how rich, powerful,

TALKING TIPS
Does the way you sound matter?

A major aspect of effective and influential communication is the sound of your voice. If you think this is trivial, imagine how you would feel about submitting to a doctor

Can your proper speech be hurting you?

As a communication coach and trainer, one of the things I emphasize is proper grammar and clear enunciation. This is an aspect of speech that is more important than one

Seven communication tips for medical staff

Visiting the doctor is not the same as shopping at the mall; patients are not typical customers. There is an added seriousness to the reason for their visit. Even if

Professions that require highly developed communication skills

N o matter what your profession, everyone needs to continually improve their communication skills if you want to truly excel. However, recently I was asked to speak to several different professional

Seven mistakes to avoid when preparing a presentation

If you shudder at the thought of having to give a presentation, be sure to avoid these common faux pas and use these pointers to boost your confidence. Do not start

A simple guide to share your ideas clearly, coherently and confidently

Does anxiety diminish your leadership presence at work? Are you one of those people who has great ideas, but no one hears about them because you keep them to yourself?

Five tips to calm your nerves before your big presentation

Do you dread being asked to give a presentation at work? You have probably heard the greatest fear 70 percent of the population shares is public speaking. The visceral reactions my clients

How to play an uncomfortable role on the corporate stage

When we take on a job, we take on a role. Sometimes the role requires a characteristic that does not come naturally. For instance, you may be given responsibility to

Ten commandments for productive meetings

As the year comes to a close and you are invited to be a part of important meetings to review, give an account and plan for the upcoming year, here

ALONG LIFE'S ROAD
Dorian is a test to both saints and sinners

“The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him.” – Nahum 1:7 I was up at 4 a.m. to meet

It is prayer time

“And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto the Lord.” – I Samuel 7:5 An old Negro spiritual reads: “If we ever needed the Lord

Lean on God

“Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink.” –

Be specific in prayers

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” –

Be generous and ready to share

“Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in

Be generous and ready to share

“Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in

Go out and spread the message    

“For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of God: no man

Hindrances to prayer 

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus.” – Hebrews 10:19 One of the lines of a hymn on prayer

Train up a child in the way he should go

“Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them.” –

PEOPLE, PASSION, AND PROFIT
Five behaviors that make you a difficult person

We have all thought to ourselves and even discussed with coworkers at lunch, “I really can’t take working with John”, or “If Jane does that again I will scream”. What

Dear employer: Probation is for you too

Have you ever been on an interview and examined an employer the same way you were being scrutinized? Did you take a job and wonder if it was the same

How work is failing families

Work is one of the pillars of society upon which communities and nations are built. From the beginning of time there was work. I believe work was intended to occupy

Who’s really holding you back?

I’ve coached and mentored a number of professionals – young and not so young alike – about their career moves or lack thereof. It is a reality that some leaders

Can performance reviews be painless?

Your heart beats a little irregularly. You start to sweat. You feel a bit sick to your stomach. You tap your feet or shake your legs to get rid of

Are you ready for the next level?

This is one buzz term that is overused – the next level! It is appropriate for what I want to challenge you on though. In HR I hear it all

How to tell if your boss hates you

It is quite common to see experts writing about toxic bosses, bad bosses and the like that create a hostile work environment. What happens when that bad boss hates you?

Practicing courageous communication

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.”

Progressive workplace policies

I’ve had the benefit, in fact blessing, of living, studying, and working in diverse environments. I consider myself a global citizen with a pretty open mind and worldview. Differences do

IF YOUR HOME COULD SPEAK
React or respond

React: To act in a particular way as a direct result of something else (Cambridge Dictionary). Respond: A response is a reaction to a question, experience, or some other type of

Stop blaming BPL

The industry claims that the traditional electric water heater accounts for up to 30 percent of the power bill in the typical household. Some people try to reduce that with

Lessons from the floods

As a child, I played “under the floor”. It was a wonderful place, full of possibilities. My friends and I would find places to hide, to play “house” or “school”,

It’s hot! What’s your point?

The word is that this is going to be a very hot summer (going to be?). The load shedding has already begun, as more air conditioning units are turned on more often,

The building permit process: why there should be no shantytowns

We’ve seen that the purpose of the building permit is to make sure new buildings respect the planning principles set out in subdivision and other planning regulations, protect public health

The building permit process, pt. 1 – the purpose

The most popular perception of the role of architects by the Bahamian community is that they secure building permits. The assumption is that the bureaucratic process must be directed by

Ten ways to reduce your power bill, whether BPL does or not

This article is not for the general public. It is not for those who believe air conditioning solves the problem of a hot house, impact windows the problem of exposed

Lessons from the floods

As a child, I played “under the floor”. It was a wonderful place, full of possibilities. My friends and I would find places to hide or to play house or

Selecting a contractor

A few days ago, I overheard a statement I had heard many times before at the end of a building project: “I will never build another building.” This is a common

REAL ESTATE REALITIES
Together we can work through this

It’s September 6, 2019 and I can imagine, like myself, most Bahamians are in a state of shock from the devastation that this monstrous Hurricane Dorian has done to our

Dean’s Blue Hole, our Bahamian wonder

Recently I took my daughter Kristina and her family – Jim, her husband, and my grandson Hercules – who were visiting from Toronto, Canada, to Long Island, the birthplace of

Long island woes pt. 3

As I previously mentioned in an article published recently, many of our past and current politicians hailed from Long Island. Here are a few that come to mind, including the esteemed

Long Island woes pt. 2

Long Island is blessed with many fine sons and daughters included but not limited to merchants, airline pilots, bankers, accountants, electricians, plumbers and lots of politicians! Long Island builders are strewn

Long Island woes!

Our first famous visitor, Christopher Columbus, landed on the shores of our Bahamaland over 527 years ago. It has been said in jest but, to be real, if Columbus came

Why can’t we feed ourselves?

Like most Bahamians, chicken is one of my most favorite meats, especially on the weekend enjoying a pot of chicken souse with friends or just by myself. I have always been

Dear chairman of parks

Dear chairman, the road from the Lynden Pindling International Airport is the first visual experience that thousands of arriving tourists see from the airport to their resorts for the duration

Responding to critics on Guardian Talk Radio

Last week, I understand from several listeners of a Guardian Talk Radio show in the morning that I was being ‘taken to task’, as one puts it! Apparently, I was being

The civil service

Our government workers over the years have had their share of criticism – some undoubtedly deserved, some not so much. There are several reasons why people may seek out a career

Q'S INVESTMENT TIPS
Money and relationships

Undoubtedly a touchy subject for many relationships, finances and financial disagreements can easily become the reason many relationships fail. Throughout my life, people close to me have always said that

What is an asue?

This word is synonymous with Bahamian culture. But an interesting fact about what we’ve come to know as an “asue” is its African origin. In many African languages the word

The importance of having multiple sources of income

Quite frankly, relying on one source of income is not wise. The average multi-millionaire has, on average, seven sources of income. Let that sink in for a bit. Yes, not even

What to look for when choosing a business partner

In this treacherous business world a good business partner can help you achieve both your business and personal professional goals. We can take a look at many successful businesses right

How to effectively manage a large lump sum of money

In The Bahamas there have been thousands of people who have been given the opportunity to receive a large lump sum of money unexpectedly. Some have been able to hit

Does how much money you make really matter?

Many people think that when you make a certain amount of money, financial independence is automatic. This couldn’t be further from the truth. A person can be a multimillionaire but

The art of financial planning

Wikipedia defines financial planning as “a comprehensive evaluation of an individual’s current pay and future financial state by using current known variables to predict future income, asset values and withdrawal

What are my investment options in The Bahamas?

When it comes to investing in The Bahamas there are quite a few options one can consider. The market may not be as robust or diversified as the United States’

How to survive financially while on the job hunt

The job hunt – It’s that part of life where the unsure, job wise, meets the hopeful. It’s the portion of adulthood when reality sets in (if it hasn’t already)