How Do I: create Alexa Skills

Earlier, I talked about how I use Amazon Alexa in my home.

This month, I launched my third Alexa Skill. You can add these to your [daily] “flash briefing” if interested.

An Alexa Skill is what Amazon calls a voice-enabled app to provide verbal content on demand.

Alexa Skills take little to no coding to create.

As a consumer or user of Amazon Alexa, an Alexa Skill can be found and enabled on alex.amazon.com as a part of Flash Briefing (think of it as a series such as a news feeds you customize to receive in audio form) or as a single on-demand app that informs you by hearing what says. News, sports scores, tips and weather updates are common content supplied as an Alexa Skill, but there are many more Skills available.

As an Alexa Skill creator/designer, anyone can go to developer.amazon.com/alexa to create and test an Alex Skill with little to no coding involved. There is a step by step instructions to:

You get to add what the user would request and receive.

If you want an even easier way to create an Alexa Skill that is less nerdy, take a look at getstoryline.com

Criteria and approval of an Alexa Skill is pretty easy within a day or so.

Here are the first three Alexa Skills I created which are available if you have an Alexa Device:

Another DAM Podcast

Blockchain Billions

User Adoption

These Alexa Skills are three of my most popular podcasts and if you enable them as part of your Flash Briefing, you will not miss any future episodes of these podcasts.

For more on marketing Alexa skills, take a look at alexabusinessmarketing.com

Start building a first voice app today.

 

 

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 (7th) book as well as my next (6th) 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: 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.