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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,

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

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

PEOPLE, PASSION, AND PROFIT
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

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

IF YOUR HOME COULD SPEAK
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

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

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
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)

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