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UQTV - How to Become an Awesome Employee

Alexandria Joy - Monday, October 19, 2015

If you're on the hunt for a new position or you want to become an indispensable employee who shines, then you want to understand the key traits that managers and CEOs look for in star employees. 

Some of the key traits they might be looking for are these three H's:

  • Happy: No one wants to work with an unhappy person. Energy drainers can bring down their team with their drama, mood and poor attitude and it's no way to earn brownie points. Do a quick self assessment - do you find yourself smiling at work, relaxed and conversing with open body language or are you closed, frowning and frantic all the time?
  • Hungry: No I don't mean you are in the kitchen snacking all the time! As the old adage goes, time is money. Leaders want people who are driven and hungry, who chase the sale, make the deal and get the job done efficiently and effectively. Do you make the most of every second? Do you hustle in your job duties? 
  • Honest: As an employee, you will be entrusted with inside information that's going to move the company forward. A leader doesn't want to have to second guess if you are going to deliver the work they're paying for and that you're not playing hooky or entertaining the competition. In short don't lie on your resume. Don't lie in your interview. Don't lie after you're hired. Companies don't run well and culture get toxic and poisonous when they don't have honest, decent employees in them. 
So how do you go to the next level and get known as a batteries included, star employee? Follow these three tips in this week's episode of UQTV.

Great Questions to Ask to Win at a Job Interview

Alexandria Joy - Monday, September 28, 2015
At UQ Power our team coach many intelligent, articulate, experienced professionals on the art of a great job interview. And while many of the people we work with have skills for the jobs they are applying for, most of them had come for coaching because they felt they lacked confidence, finesse or experience in delivering a great interview.

One way to ensure you impress at interview is to be prepared for the questions - theirs and your own. There are a multiplicity of questions interviewers often ask, such as:
  • What is the greatest value you can bring to us?
  • Why do you want to leave your present position?
  • What is the most stressful situation you have experienced at work within the past year, and how did you handle it?
Critically then, you must prepare to ask your own questions of the panel or interviewer for example:

  • What is the most important thing I can do to help within the first 30 days of my employment? 
  • What main factors do you attribute to your growth?
  • What makes you better than your nearest competitor?
That's a few ideas, want more? Then check out this weeks episode of UQTV where I share a few more that will really make you stand out at interview. 



Good luck!



Body Language For Interview Success

Alexandria Joy - Monday, September 14, 2015

Are you looking to land a new job? Then you have to use your body! I'm not just talking here about how you suit up, I'm talking about how you show up and communicate through your gestures, facial expressions and movements we make with our bodies that indicate what we think and feel.

The way we walk, talk, sit and smile is part of our everyday communication and it becomes even more critical in all important job interviews, because everything we do is scrutinised more closely and because due to natural nerves, are often exaggerated more than ever.

There are several ways you can effectively use your body at a job interview from making a confident entrance as you enter the building, to giving a warm, friendly, not a bone crushing handshake on entry into the interview room. 

Watch this week's episode of UQTV for three more body language techniques to help you put your best foot forward and be your best self in an interview situation.


Remember at the end of the interview to also leave a good impression, rise calmly, pick up your things without fuss, smile and nod your head to the panel. If shaking hands with everyone isn't convenient, at least shake hands with the person who brought you to the interview space or seeing you out.

Good luck!


How to Talk So Others Listen

Alexandria Joy - Monday, August 31, 2015
It goes without saying that an essential part of our every day work lives is the ability to communicate effectively. So how can you make some small changes to continually improve the way you communicate so that when you talk, others listen? 

Well first you should be considerate of your audience, having empathy is a critical skill in relating with others. The ability to consider the impact that your message will have on the other person is key, by seeking first to understand your audience, you will be better able to tailor your message for them. 

Also being courteous and respecting the receiver of your communication is important, when you are appreciative, thoughtful, and respectful, you create a cushion of good will on which your message can land. Just like your mother taught you, being polite will go a long way in any business or personal situation and allow your audience to feel more comfortable and therefore receptive to your message. 

These are just two simple behaviours which demonstrate your professionalism, in this week's episode of UQTV I share three more of the critical "Cs" to influential communication - see if they resonate with you!



Happy communicating!

Heidi Alexandra

Dressing the same everyday - on brand or boring?

Alexandria Joy - Monday, August 17, 2015

Have you ever thought about how much time you waste on silly, frivolous things in life, will I have the decaf or full blooded coffee? Should I go to that networking event or finish my report? Will I wear the blue or black suit today?

I don’t know about you, but I can easily get trapped into wasting time deciding what to wear for the day which is why in this week's episode of UQTV I explore the benefits of wearing the same clothes everyday like a form of uniform.

What's your thoughts? Is it smart, sensible and on brand or just plain boring?

Now I’d love to hear from you. How much time do you spend each day worrying about what you’ll wear?

Would you find dressing the same every day smart, sensible and on brand or just plain boring? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

Until next time 

Be unique!

Heidi Alexandra


How to present like a pro

Alexandria Joy - Monday, June 08, 2015

Do you fear public speaking more than death? 

Have you ever condemned others to a thousand small deaths from your pitches, boardroom presentations or conference presentations?

OK perhaps nothing quite as extreme, but if you're keen to go from boring and bland to interesting and compelling and you need to give a presentation or speech but public speaking is not one of your strengths then this video was recorded for you! 

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What's the best speaker you've ever seen in person or online? What was it that grabbed you? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Happy presenting

Heidi Alexandra 

Happiness Hacks to Help You Love Your Work

Alexandria Joy - Monday, April 27, 2015

Happiness is an elusive goal; everyone seems to want it, but by all the "shelf help" books out there my guess is that we are still searching for it. 

Sure it’s not easy to be happy most of the time and many of the solutions suggested in popular culture take a fair bit of effort and TIME, the one thing we all seem to be short of in modern society. 

For example a commonly cited one is to do more exercise. A study cited in the book: “The Happiness Advantage” also confirmed the importance of exercise on our happiness level. Basically, this study looks into three groups of depressed patients found that exercise had the biggest effect in reducing depression. 

Others suggest all you need to do is get more sleep. True we spend roughly one third of our lives sleeping, so you cannot underestimate the importance of sleep, in particular nanna naps. An interesting study in 2011 from BPS Research Digest showed how sleep affected our happiness, in particular that people who take an afternoon nap are desensitized to negative emotions and more responsive to positive ones. But who has time for a nanna nap and unless you work at Google is that acceptable behaviour in your workplace?

So what can you do if you're feeling a bit blue and you're time poor? Well you could ask Siri on your iPhone to tell you a knock knock joke (go on try it). Or you could just watch this 4 min video for my two happiness hacks that will have you faking it until you make it and get happy again in an instant:


What's your #1 tip for getting happy at work? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Don't worry, be happy.
Big smile
Heidi Alexandra 


The Art of Persuasion: How to Get People to Do What You Want

Alexandria Joy - Friday, November 21, 2014

There's a fine line between persuasion and manipulation and whether we choose to like it or not we are using one of these approaches in almost everything we do in business and human interaction. If you want to learn how to ethically and honestly influence people then read on.

In my latest book “It all starts with UQ Power” I reference a classic book on psychology, marketing and human behaviour known as Influence, the psychology of persuasion by Dr Robert Cialdini Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Marketing, Arizona State University. This classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say "yes"—and how to apply these understandings. (Note: I am not of Italian descent and yes I pronounce his name incorrectly - you can hear the proper pronounciation here! Hey I'm only human).

Dr Cialdini’s research found six universal principles that when applied will help you become a skilled persuader and get people to do what you want. In today's video I want to focus on just three of the six principles.


Now it’s your turn. What’s your number one takeaway from these three principles of persuasion? Which one are you already applying in your life or business? Share your thoughts in the comments below, I’d love to know!

PS Here's the link to the video I recommend https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFdCzN7RYbw#t=18 
PPS Check out the photos from our recent Secret Leaders Breakfast with Editor of the Renegade Collective, Lisa Messenger here. To sign up for the Secret Leaders list enter your details here. 

THE POWER OF EYE CONTACT

Alexandria Joy - Sunday, September 14, 2014

Look inside your kitchen cabinet and odds are you have a collection of old friends gazing back at you — the Rice Bubbles cartoon characters, the Frosted Flakes tiger, the Honey Puffs bee, the Milo boy, the Sultana Bran sunshine face, you get the idea. The real reason they are there has more do with your subconscious craving for eye contact than the taste of the products.

A recent study published in the journal Environment and Behavior, researchers at Cornell University manipulated the gaze of the cartoon rabbit on Trix cereal boxes and found that adult subjects were more likely to choose Trix over competing brands if the rabbit was looking at them rather than away. The researchers also found that the eyes of characters on boxes of cereal marketed to kids were directed downward, to meet the upward gaze of children in grocery store aisles. (Yes check it out next time you walk through a supermarket - subliminal trickery).

“Making eye contact even with a character on a cereal box inspires powerful feelings of connection,” said one of the study's authors Professor Brian Wansink.

In other studies, researchers have also found that children and adults who avoid or are denied eye contact are more likely to suffer from depression and feelings of isolation as well as exhibit antisocial traits such as callousness. Rather than cause and effect, the hypothesis is that the relationship between less eye contact and psychological problems is circular and reinforcing. This is alarming in a society where people increasingly spend more time looking at their mobile devices than at one another.

In short eye contact makes us more socially aware and empathetic. It allows us to make sense of our relationships and social orientation. Moreover, research from as far back as the 1980s indicates that people who make eye contact are perceived as more likable and trustworthy. 

Still not convinced about how much your peepers mean to you sales, marketing and business relationships? Then check out this episode of UQTV where I will share two more reasons why eye contact adds impact.

Amazeballs right!

But wait - researchers at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine last year also found that patients of doctors who made more eye contact had better health, adhered more to medical advice and were more likely to seek treatment for future problems. Not surprisingly, doctors who brought laptops into the examining room made less eye contact.

“Eye contact is a really good surrogate for where attention is and the level of accord building in a relationship,” said Enid Montague, a professor of engineering and medicine at Northwestern, who used video recordings of 100 patient visits to a primary care clinic for her analysis. “We found eye contact leads to significantly better patient outcomes.”

So eye contact with your doc can make you healthier too!

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Now it’s your turn. What are some of your tips for building rapport and trust in relationships? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Until next time keep on building a life, business or career that plays to your unique strengths – the best thing you can do to change the world is to #startwithu.

Thanks for watching

Heidi Alexandra 
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THE BIG LIFE OF A CONSCIOUS RENEGADE: AN INTERVIEW WITH LISA MESSENGER

Alexandria Joy - Monday, July 21, 2014
Sometimes people say something that just really hits home.

That’s exactly what happened when I first met this woman and she talked about the nature of her life as an entrepreneur. From sharing ideas from her work as the Founder and Editor of the magazine Renegade Collective (launched in March 2013), to the number of new business ideas she has each day and her deliberately contrarian approach to all that she does, talking to this lady was like hearing all the ideas in my head being spoken out loud, articulately and in public!

My guest is the legendary Lisa Messenger, Founder and Editor of the magazine Renegade Collective, and she’s here to help us redefine success on our own terms.

I read her magazine cover to cover each month and am constantly impressed, not only with the inspiring stories it contains but with the clearly alternative approach which it has to common mainstream gossip magazines.

Watch as Lisa and I talk about the importance of backing yourself and surrounding yourself with a support team, the challenges of our perfectionistic tendencies, and how we can make a difference in the world.



To find out where you can get your own copy of Renegade Collective in your country here

Now, Lisa and I would love to hear from you. Where are you thinking small in your business or life when you could back yourself and go big? 

Be as specific as possible in your comment, so others watching from around the world who come here to connect and be inspired can glean ideas from you too.

Thank you for reading, watching, and sharing in the comments below.
To your success, on your terms!
Heidi Alexandra 
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