How Do I: use Amazon Alexa

Amazon Alexa is one of the most popular home assistant services that come with an Amazon Echo device.

Devices

Have two of the Echo Dot in my house. One in my kitchen and one in my master bathroom.

A friend of mine has at least 5 of these devices throughout his house

What do use it for?

I listen to:

my daily flash briefing of news stories that I care about and podcasts by asking “Alexa, flash briefing” [all pre-set selection of “skills” I have picked on http://alexa.amazon.com%5D

it as our stereo during dinner parties by asking “Alexa, play jazz”

I ask for:

Weather by asking “Alexa, weather”

Time by asking “Alexa, time” rather than having clocks in every room or glancing at my phone since I rarely wear a watch in sunny Bluffton, South Carolina

Timer in the kitchen is helpful “Alexa, timer 15 minutes”

When trying to figure out what to do with bacon grease, I asked “Alexa, how do I dispose of grease” for an answer from Wikihow.

If that news story has little or no value to me, I say “Alex, Next” to skip forward.

When it acts up or I am done I ask “Alexa, stop”

When do I use it?

When I am preparing a meal or preparing myself for the day in the bathroom (yes, I have one in the master bathroom instead of a radio), I often listen to Alexa. Most often in the morning, but sometimes around dinner time.

More commands

Here is a great list of Alexa commands here, thanks to Ben Smith.

 

 

 

How do I: improve user adoption

After several months of research in what is missing in the market, how to fill that gap and what was worth doing a deep dive to find out a lot more about it, I found the topic for my next book and upcoming podcast series.  It is little talked about, vital to most businesses, ignored by some, misunderstood by more and unknown to many.

During my months of research on the topic, I found the origins of it, found people all over the world willing to share information and their experiences with it.

This is something you should be very aware of whether you work for a business which:

  • offers products or services
  • is non-tech or tech-focused
  • has between 1 to 200,000 employees
  • operates locally, nationally or internationally

Since I only write and podcast about niche topics, the next niche topic I plan to write about and release my next audio podcast series about improving user adoption.

After uncovering a lot of fascinating stories about both internal and external user adoption, I want to share these with you every week starting in September. Subscribe today to follow this weekly podcast series about user adoption at http://useradoptionpodcast.com coming soon. You can stay in the loop for the upcoming book as well.

I am giving some live presentations about how to improve user adoption for those who are interested in finding out more and I will take questions. Join me on:

Thursday, July 19, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM in Savannah, GA
TechSAV at Bull Street Labs

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM in Bluffton, SC
Bluffton Community Library

If you are interested in having me speak near you about user adoption, contact me directly.

How do I: Check wifi

We all use wifi. Some countries believe access to it is actually a civil right.

Ever wonder how to find a wifi hotspot in any area?

Try http://google.com/maps and search for “free wifi near me”

How do you check the strength of the wifi signal?

You can run a free test to measure the strength of any internet connection including wifi by visiting http://speedtest.net

Speedtest  has an app too.

How do I: find out a personality profile

 

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Ever wonder if there is a way to classify different personalities?

There are few tests for this. According to the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), there are 16 personality profiles.

Over 10 years ago, I took this insightful personality testing along with all of my fellow co-workers at the time.

This month, I took this personality testing again, and my profile has not changed to this day.

What is your personality profile?

Find out for free at https://www.16personalities.com/

You will be surprised by the concrete, accurate description of who you are and why you do things the way you do. You can ask others to find out their profile for free as well.

Best books consumed in the past few years

Writers get better by writing more and reading more. Some writers will purposely read outside from their genre to learn something else.

Here are a few of the best books I have read in the past three years:
Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio

Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
by Kim Scott

 

by Adam Morgan, Mark Barden

Before taking the altMBA, this was one of the books we were mailed and asked to read prior to the month-long course. Found the reframing of constraints from limitations to advantages very helpful with their models and real-world examples.

Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days 
by Jake Knapp

Went to the book launch for this book, read this book, suggested a number of startups use this model to help them, led a 5-day workshop to use this Sprint process and it was very fruitful use of our time to resolve big challenges for those startups.

 

What are your favorite recent non-fiction books?