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INSIGHT
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

Five hacks to overcome the fear of public speaking

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

How to manage your time, pt. 1

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

Four useful ways to become a more productive learner

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

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
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” -

Powerful but humble

She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. - Proverbs 31:16 In recognition of International Women’s Day, while we come in many sizes, shapes

God will take care of you

David recovered all that the Amalekites had taken, including his two wives. - 1 Samuel 30:18 Has anything been taken away from you and you are still hoping that one day

Include Jesus in your desires

“I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13 The Concise Oxford English Dictionary among a number of definitions for the word “things” describe things as personal

God truly wants to bless us

“Be still, and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10 Growing up as children we often heard from our father, more so than our mother, telling us, in no uncertain

Seek God’s face

“Escape for your life. Do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley. Escape to the hills, lest you be swept away.” – Genesis 19:17 I was born through Gibbs

True and faithful

And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people.” How many

He loves and cares for you

“Come to me, all you that labor and are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  – Matthew 11:28 Every person that is alive has a void to be

PEOPLE, PASSION, AND PROFIT
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

2018 resolutions for career professionals

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

IF YOUR HOME COULD SPEAK
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

Green design and Bahamian architecture

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

The law and common sense

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

REAL ESTATE REALITIES
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

The chickens have come home to roost

“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

Marine protected area needed at Lighthouse Point

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

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.