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This past week I spent time in Austin, Texas with a room filled with entrepreneurs and executives at a business accelerator event. During the sessions, a large portion of the

Salespeople are among the most important people in the world. Every single company depends for its survival on the success of its salespeople. High sales is the number one reason

Imagine if more people, whether employees or entrepreneurs had stronger sales skills? Companies would increase their bottom lines, employees would increase their incomes and by extension, the economy of the

Can you relate to this? As I walked along the beaches of Exuma on a recent business trip trying to decide whether I should succumb to my pressing, never-ending to-do

Public speaking is the number one universal fear. The emotions range from slight nervousness to people feeling as if they are going to pass out. Here are a few things

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

Today we consume five times more information every day than we did in 1986, an incredible amount that’s equivalent to 174 newspapers…a day. That probably includes a lot of Facebook

I love Learning. I might even be obsessed with it! So, when I first heard about Learning at Work Week (LAWW), I immediately got excited. It is being celebrated around

These days companies of all sizes are looking for new ways to inspire, empower and motivate their employees in a way that is generous and moral boosting. The concept of "vision

TALKING TIPS

People often undermine and even scoff at beauty pageants. The funny thing is, the same skills and principles that help my clients to communicate in a way that helps them

Truth be told, more people fear public speaking than not. Ten percent of the U.S. population love the stage, ten percent have glossophobia which means the fear of public speaking

Public speaking is not just for those who want to speak for a living. If you are the owner of a business, enhancing your public speaking skills can help to

Fear gripped me like a python wrapping around my body and squeezing the air out of me. Yeah, I can talk all day long about communication; I have ingested so

Workplace bullying is so common and serious that Dr. Gary and Dr. Ruth Namie established the Workplace Bullying Institute in the United States with a mission to eradicate it. The workplace

True story: Peggy was a talented attorney who was undeniably good at what she did. When the partners of her firm gathered to determine which attorneys would be invited to

In a world where the customer is always right, customer service representatives are often subject to down right abuse. I find most people who deal with the public are ill-equipped

This is the staff’s chance to implement what they learned in the customer service workshop today. Janice is asked to demonstrate how to greet the customer. Scene: The customer walks up

If you tend to feel a little shy in networking situations or when meeting new people, this will help to make it easier to engage in a conversation. There are

ALONG LIFE'S ROAD

“They have left the straight path and have lost their way.” – 2 Peter 2:15 The days of map reading while traveling abroad are over. Today it is easier to navigate

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy –

Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? Is it well with thy husband? Is it well with the child? And

Son of man, stand up on your feet, and I will speak to you.” - Ezekiel 2:1 There is no doubt in my mind and the minds of many that we

Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler, whoever is led astray by them is not wise. — Proverbs 20:1 The initial divine plan for the creation of human beings was

Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring. He is our father in the sight of God,

Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. — Psalm 67:3 What a wonderful show of national solidarity from those who participated, were involved and gathered

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” — John 8:32. “I swear by Almighty God that the evidence I will give is the truth, the whole

“This is the day that the Lord hath made: We will rejoice and be glad in it.” — Psalm 118:24 Our text today is a well-known musical score and is sung

PEOPLE, PASSION, AND PROFIT

Societies around the world are crying out for effective leadership. It doesn’t matter what sector or industry – whether church, politics or business – the longing is the same. Where are

The field and profession of human resources was something that I became very passionate about in the early 2000s, firstly in human resource management and then human resource development. Over

I have been a corporate trainer for over 20 years and while I see the benefits of doing training in organizations, it still can be a hard sell to get

I often wonder if work has always been so stressful or if it is a new phenomenon? Was the concept of work meant to be so challenging? If we examine

Being a leader is not easy and in today’s context it is even more complex because of the varied dynamics that have crept into the workplace. Some leaders feel that

A lot of Bahamians feel that the Bahamian dream is to live like an expatriate worker: high salary, beautiful home in an upscale community, allowances, discounts and benefits that far

As a human resources professional, I get to see the good, bad, and the ugly of the employee experience. We are the ones that woo talent into the organization and

In this resolutions series, people that work in organizations ought to also set some targets in 2018 for their performance and growth. Here we are already completed almost two months

In the course of my work I get to listen to lots of news – the good, the bad and the ugly. I have attended work weddings, christenings and housewarmings.

IF YOUR HOME COULD SPEAK

It was mid-morning, and the middle-aged couple sat down for breakfast for the first time in their brand-new house. The realtor had described how the sun, coming through the large

You know the story. The wealthy family lives in the fabulous mansion on the top of the hill, with all the bells and whistles. The poor family lives in a

In the energy business, “alternatives” refer to alternative ways to get the benefits of electrical power without the use of depletable fossil fuels. For most of the planet, and for

Energy is on everybody’s mind these days. Governments around the world are being forced by the increasing cost of energy generation to seek alternative technologies for the delivery of public

Over the past several years it has been popular for new home builders to boast to their friends that their architect is designing them a “green” house. The polite friends

So this woman says, “I hear they’re makin’ it law you have to have solar water heater in any new house.” I replied, “I hope not.” She was surprised. Knowing how passionate

One of the main goals of the design process is the enrichment of the lives of human beings, whether in designing shoes, chairs, electronic gadgets, automobiles or buildings. This is

Every year at the end of May the media declares the opening of the hurricane season. Every year at that time, hardware and convenience stores announce sales designed to help

We recently met with a client who was questioning a bill. They were sure the work being billed was included in our agreement. We explained, perhaps not too convincingly, that

REAL ESTATE REALITIES

Whatever your opinion may be of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, I am sure you can admit that he took a stand that essentially cost him his football

In my last column, I mentioned that Crooked Island is 18 miles long and six miles wide – a shade smaller than New Providence – and has a total population of 200,

Crooked Island is an incredibly picturesque island measuring approximately 18 miles long and six miles wide. As the tourist pamphlet says, if you are looking for nightlife and fancy eateries,

I would like to start this article with sincere apologies to my readers as I have been absent for several weeks, celebrating a birthday for an extended period and recently traveling

The Bahamas Real Estate Association is currently lobbying the government to halt the increase of the $500,000 purchase amount non-Bahamian owners must spend to be fast-tracked to become permanent residents

“The chickens have come home to roost!” This proverbial saying is perhaps the best way of describing our financial predicament which we currently find ourselves in. Government has announced that effective July

Several years ago, the people of Eleuthera designed a vision for the future of the island. That vision, entitled A Shared Vision for South Eleuthera, did not include a cruise

The government’s new housing program to offer low-cost properties valued at $30,000 is commendable and gives those Bahamians who otherwise would not be able to afford a lot in today’s

In the past, for prospective home buyers seeking out locations either to build or purchase, one of the main concerns has been traffic. In previous times, the Eastern Road was a

Q'S INVESTMENT TIPS

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

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

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

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

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

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’

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)

A big concern for a growing number of Bahamians is accumulating unwanted debt. Being in debt can be a stressful experience, no matter your circumstance. The fact of the matter

For many millennials in The Bahamas, student loans have been a proverbial shadow hanging over our heads. It's a financial burden that takes years, and for some, decades, to break