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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 

Episode 26 - Is it time to kick your perfectionism habit

Alexandria Joy - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I have a dream.

I imagine a world where everyone has an opportunity to love their work and do their best work using their unique strengths every day.

Sadly many modern workplaces with their rigid policies, procedures, measures, position descriptions and obsessive overwork cultures are doing little to encourage individuals to embrace their uniqueness and quirky ways. 

We all know the old saying that people join a company but leave their manager and through my work I speak to lots of leaders, supervisors and line managers and they all say they want to build a great team culture - but the don't always know how or where to start.

One of the first steps I recommend in creating a great workplace culture and becoming a great leader is to stop beating yourself and your people up for not being perfect. Watch this week's episode of UQTV to find out how to kick your perfectionism habit to the curb.


We spent the festive break refocusing and planning and we’ve got a brand new, bold mission to see one million people inspired to volunteer their best work using their unique strengths every day. We want to tilt the world to more expander leaders who #startwithU. And nothing would mean more to me and our team, to have your support for making this change in workplaces around the world. All you need to do is #startwithU.

One last thing...
This episode also signifies UQTV's 1st birthday - how quickly time flies! This is a huge milestone for our team, our clients and community, our film crew and for me personally. So I want to take a moment to say "thank you" and ask that if you believe our messages could help someone else start making a change in their workplace that you click forward and share it with them.

To celebrate our first birthday we are launching a very special series of UQTV called “Love your work”. Our “Love your work” series is all about helping you put the love back in your work so you can create a workplace environment that you can’t wait to go to every day!

Let's do this and together make our workplaces safer, happier and healthier.

Heidi Alexandra

Four Steps To Leading During A Downturn

Alexandria Joy - Monday, December 08, 2014

At UQ Power we imagine a world where people wake up every day inspired to go to work and return home at the end of the day feeling fulfilled and as though they have had an opportunity to use their unique strengths. 

Sadly this is often not the case. During turbulent times and economic challenges, many organisations and their leaders hunker down and resort to container style management - restriction, rigid policies and procedures, cost cutting and endless accountability trails. 

I recently wrote an article about the ill effects of poor leadership that struck a nerve receiving around 55,000 views and 500 comments about how the quality of your manager is more important to your health than the quality of your doctor. In fact studies from Europe and the US are showing that when people say “my boss is killing me”, quite literally this could be the case. 

The challenge during these tough economic times, particularly here in Australia where businesses who are heavily reliant on the mining, manufacturing and industrial sector are feeling the pinch, is not to fall into this trap and instead continue to inspire and engage people to create a healthy, productive workforce.

So what is the opportunity inherent in the current crushing economic climate and mining downturn? One thing we are discovering through our work at UQ Power is more and more people committed to finding new ways to clarify what matters most, to respect people and their individuality and to experiment with new ways to do things. This change in focus creates what we call a four way win: improved performance at work, at home, in the community and for the self. 

Could the current downturn make it easier to experiment with new attitudes and serve as a catalyst for your own reinvention as a leader? Watch this week's episode of UQTV for four ways you can continue to lead during a downturn. 


Now it’s your turn. What opportunities or silver linings have you found during your toughest economic times? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


Alexandria Joy - Monday, April 14, 2014

There's a lot we can learn from people's successes and failures, and one man who has had his fair share of both is Jordan Belfort, otherwise known as the Wolf of Wall Street.

I’ve been an avid student of the world's greatest successes and failures for years, and Jordan's is certainly a colourful, drug filled life of debauchery that apparently is 'even worse' than in Scorsese's film. Jordan himself admits that the Oscar-nominated film based on his memoir had no need to exaggerate the sex and drugs.

The 51-year-old, who served 22 months in jail for securities fraud between 2004 and 2006 after setting up the discredited Stratton Oakmont brokerage and penny stock "boiler room" in Long Island, said Terence Winter's screenplay had not needed to exaggerate his outrageous existence.

What I learnt from the former broker, who now works as a motivational speaker, in a recent interview are four keys to success.

Tweet This: Success comes down to progress, not perfection. @UQPower

Now, I’d love to hear from you. Are you making money doing a job that you loathe?

Have you been settling for average?

Is it time for you to raise your standards and take your destiny into your own hands?

Share your thoughts in the comments below, I'd love to read them!

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Be Unique

Heidi Alexandra

PS Want to watch the entire video with Jordan Belfort? Go here.



Alexandria Joy - Wednesday, April 02, 2014

When it comes to productivity, everyone it seems has their own rituals or habits that work for them. If you really want to supercharge your day then why not take a leaf out of the book of those who have mastered the art of the morning ritual. 

I’ve been an avid student of getting stuff done productively for years, aside from throwing away my television 10 years ago and following Brian Tracy's advice and "eating my frog" every day, I've checked out the key strategies millionaires implement to stay focused and get going each day.

What I discovered is that there are four millionaire morning rituals that’ll help you no matter what business you are in.

(In this video, we mention the four quadrants of the UQ Powerhouse. Find out more here.)

Now, I’d love to hear from you.

What's your non-negotiable morning ritual that sets you up for success?

Share your rituals in the comments below.

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Heidi Alexandra


Alexandria Joy - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

When it comes to productivity tips, there are no lack of resources out there for us to read and refer to. After all, on busy planet earth, finding ways to get things done faster is topic that's never going to grow old.

I’ve been an avid student of getting stuff done productively for years, from undertaking a Personal Efficiency Program in my 20's to looking for opportunities to streamline meetings, approvals and my inbox as a corporate warrior, to throwing away my television 10 years ago and following Brian Tracy's advice and ensuring I "eat my frog" every day.

What I discovered is that there are five powerful productivity strategies that’ll help you no matter which system or expert you follow.

In this video, we mention the IQ Quadrant of the UQ Powerhouse. 

Tweet This: Successful leaders maintain a non-negotiable morning ritual @UQPower #StartWithU

Now, I’d love to hear from you.

Which one of these 5 secret strategies would make the biggest, most immediate impact on your productivity?

Share your great ideas in the comments below.

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Heidi Alexandra



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