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INSIGHT
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

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

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

PEOPLE, PASSION, AND PROFIT
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

Safety plus: what employees expect from companies in times of disaster

The majority of The Bahamas was just spared direct impact from one of the worst hurricanes in the history of the Atlantic. Feverish preparations were underway especially in the wake

Your mom doesn’t work here… are we parenting or managing employees?

As I move about among my peers in human resources, entrepreneurship, and management, there are common experiences as it relates to finding and keeping great employees. The chief complaints

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
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

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,

Q'S INVESTMENT TIPS
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.