Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019
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INSIGHT
Upskill yourself in four simple steps

Opportunities for growth and success are abundantly available for those who decide to plan and prepare for it. Unfortunately, what I have witnessed throughout my work is not enough people

The mindset you need for a phenomenal 2019

According to U.S. News and World Report, by the second week of February, 80 percent of resolutioners have abandoned their goals. Unfortunately, most of these goals fail because the focus is

Your eight-step finish strong, start stronger plan

We are moving fast into 2019. While most are in the holiday mode, many forward-thinking people are focused on how to start things off right in January. Ideally, before you jump

Your 8-step finish strong, start stronger plan

We are moving fast into 2019. While most are in the holiday mode, many forward-thinking people are focused on how to start things off right in January. Ideally, before you jump

Seven steps to a standout personal brand

Whether you believe it or not, opportunities abound in the country for those who are poised and properly branded. We live in a brand conscious world and whether we realize

How to build your sales skills

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

How to master the seven keys of sales success to double your income

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

Three killer mistakes made by salespeople

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

Achieving personal victory: How to manage your time pt. 2

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

TALKING TIPS
‘My work should speak for itself’ – here’s why it doesn’t

I have had the opportunity to work with so many professionals who believe the phrase in the title, and they are right. Our work should speak for itself, and in a

Master these four scenes to ‘star’ on the corporate stage

Most professionals are not interested in being public speakers; they just want to be effective when they are called on to speak in public. No matter what your position is

Three things any professional can learn from Miss Bahamas Universe 2018

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

Why you may fear public speaking and how you can overcome it

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

Entrepreneurs: Public speaking skills can improve your bottom line

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

I was already nervous about speaking and this made it worse

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

Are you being bullied at work?

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

How important is the way you speak to your success?

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

Have you trained your staff to handle abusive customers?

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

ALONG LIFE'S ROAD
A new day on the horizon

“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of

Honor both father and mother

“The child grew, and one day he went out to his father, who was with the reapers. He said to his father, “My head! My head!” His father told a

Let your light shine

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16 As I reflect on our text today,

Our mouths can be agents for miracles or weapons of mass destruction

“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.” – Psalm 19:14 As you read, are

God can do wonders

“And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me; for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.” – Luke 8:46   Globally, Sunday past, mothers were celebrated on Mother’s Day. Last year, Mother’s

Tell God your concerns

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble. – Psalm 46:1 Have you ever been in a situation where you know you have something, but

One good turn deserves another

“Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.” – Ecclesiastes 11:1 Some years ago, I came across an interesting article from the Times of The

Honor and revere his name

“This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” – Matthew 6:9 Prayer is the heart’s sincere desire uttered or unexpressed – prayer is the motion

Committing ourselves to the Lenten period    

“Our Father who art in heaven.” – Matthew 6:9 We are now in the third month of the year 2019 and no one is greeting another with “Happy New Year” -

PEOPLE, PASSION, AND PROFIT
Pursue legacy, not job security

I grew up in an era that thrived on job security. Your aim was to get an education to get a job you could retire from. What I have found,

Stop making New Year’s resolutions

Okay then, there — I said it, and doesn’t it feel almost sacrilegious? The sky won’t fall and the world won’t come to an end if you don’t! You may

Limitless leaders make a difference

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

Will the real HR stand up?

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

Why train?

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

Is your job killing you?

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

Five tough questions every leader should ask

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

Globalization and migration: competing in a global workforce

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

Are you a talent killer leader?

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

IF YOUR HOME COULD SPEAK
Stop, thief!

One of a homeowner’s primary concerns is building security, yet not much is said about it during the design of most houses. Afterwards, when the building is finished and occupied,

Choosing your lot

Many years ago, people buying lots in a subdivision would come into the office bragging about the corner lot they had just put a deposit on. They invariably felt they

Why don’t we build porches anymore?

Recently I was asked why Bahamian homes no longer have porches, and once again I tried to answer with a one-liner. But as I walked away I realized that I

It’s not BPL’s fault

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.” – Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) Who thinks they

I remember the front room

Many years ago, while I was studying in the wonderful city of Montreal, I was engaged in a project to document the residential style of a group of people who

Keeping the sun out

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

A house is not a home

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

Alternatives: educate, design, budget

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

The case for alternative energy

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

REAL ESTATE REALITIES
Building your home without the bank

Recently one of our government members said instead of seeking bank financing we should build our homes out of pocket ourselves, rather than pursue financing from banking. In my humble estimation

Dear Santa…

Dear Santa, this year I would like to ask for a couple of wishes for Christmas, if possible. I would be a seriously happy boy! To make it easier, I

Consumers getting short end of stick with BPL

Two weeks ago my power was off three times in a space of two hours! I can only imagine the untold damage done to persons’ appliances with the power going

Woes of a Bahamian senior citizen

When I was a wee bit younger I definitely took part in conversations about older people, saying ‘Why don’t these old people retire and give us young folks a chance;

Take a stand and say no to Disney

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

Final thoughts on Crooked island

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: paradise found pt. 2

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,

Crooked Island: paradise found

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

Raising the permanent residence ceiling

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

Q'S INVESTMENT TIPS
How to get out of debt

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

How to pay off your student loans in a timely manner

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

Investing in real estate as millennials in The Bahamas

Investing in real estate is widely considered to be the soundest decision an individual can make. But for most millennials, particularly in this market, we are, for the most part,

Is cryptocurrency a smart investment?

There’s a new craze across the globe and it has nothing to do with fashion or entertainment. It’s called crypto currency, and it’s quickly becoming a transcending force on how

How to effectively save in The Bahamas

The art of learning how to effectively save is key to anyone's personal financial success. For a large number of people, saving is a very daunting task, but for some

How can millennials create a healthy financial portfolio?

Oftentimes the term “financial portfolio” is used by professionals and experts in the field, but the average person probably wouldn’t be able to tell you what a financial portfolio is

Why should millennials start thinking about a retirement plan?

If you ask most Bahamian millennials if they have a retirement plan, they would probably tell you no. To be quite honest, the fact that most millennials don't have or

How to invest on a small budget

Taking the initial plunge is always the hardest thing to do when it comes to investing. They call it “taking the plunge” for a reason. You’re all in. But you’ve

How to begin investing as a millennial in The Bahamas

The idea of investing could be scary to some, but should be welcomed by all. Regardless of how limited resources may seem, one should start investing as soon as possible.