Tuesday, Mar 19, 2019
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INSIGHT
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

It’s Learning at Work Week: three ways to learn faster

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

Why companies are using vision board workshops to motivate teams and increase productivity

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

How to create a success cycle in your life or business

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the saw” – Abraham Lincoln A big part of my success over the years

Engage your employees: Five reasons why every company needs a dream manager

“Increasing employee engagement, creating a healthier culture and building a world-class organization that sees exceptional growth every year is what all leaders in any industry want for their organization. If

New year, new team: Four ways to boost your team’s engagement and performance this year

Recently I conducted research with my corporate clients and one of the biggest challenges they faced fell into the category of employee engagement and performance. “How do I get my

TALKING TIPS
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

Why your customer service training may backfire

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

How to powerfully introduce yourself

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

How she went from invisible to noticed

She was painfully shy when she came to her first Develop Professional Charisma session. She was small in stature, with a young face, but it was her ‘little girl’ demeanor

How she got promoted

She was well educated, she had a degree in law though she wasn’t using it. The director she reported to conceded she was very good at what she did, however

ALONG LIFE'S ROAD
Holding church for the incomparable Aretha Franklin

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 –

It is well

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

God will be the final judge

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

The destruction of families

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

God is yearning to continue to bless The Bahamas

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,

God shall bless us

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

Let truth be your calm in the midst of the storms

“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

Appreciate what God has given you

“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

The Lord is our shepherd

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. — Psalm 23:1 I am like the jockeys on their horses that come out of the gates for the Kentucky Derby. They

PEOPLE, PASSION, AND PROFIT
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

Are you a ‘no bad news’ leader?

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.

Success skills for today’s professional

The job market today continues to be competitive for today’s professional. People are looking for an opportunity to get started, career advancement, or to change careers. Job seekers often ask

2018 workplace leadership resolutions

Here we are at the start of a new year again. Last year was a very eventful year in the workplace ranging from unemployment woes, layoffs, employment inequities, new

Millennials at work, part one

The millennials are the topic of much discussion in recent times, probably because many of them have entered the workforce and mainstream society as young people “adulting”, as they would

IF YOUR HOME COULD SPEAK
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

Towards an environment worth sharing

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

Are you hurricane-ready?

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

Why are architects so stubborn?

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

A prescription for your house

You sit in a doctor’s office, waiting to be called in. In your mind, you run over what you plan to tell the doctor: when the pain started, what you

Why a 10% fee?

Why do architects charge fees? What is it for? Is it necessary? Well, let’s talk about fees. But, trust me – architects only charge fees because it’s necessary. Architects, like lawyers, doctors or

What makes a house so hot?

“Boy, it’s hot! It must be 98 degrees outside, and I swear it’s hotter inside than outside.” Many of us remember visiting our grandparents, or growing up on one of the

REAL ESTATE REALITIES
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

Seriously, prime minister?

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

Traffic challenges

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

Traffic challenges

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

Barbarians at the gate!

Picture this: You are presented with a demand letter from your bank or insurance company advising you are in default of your mortgage and the process of your home’s foreclosure

Who is not paying real property taxes?

I think it’s safe to say that we would all agree that governing the islands of The Bahamas must be a fiscal nightmare for any government. Think about it; every service

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.