Online Highfliers Issue 32

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Welcome to the 32nd edition of this email. Did you know you can read past editions right here?

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True Shared Economy

WOW! Airbnb is about to turn 9. A great success and service.

They’ve still a way to go though to be a true “shared economy” example as their balance is still skewed towards the guest versus a balance with the property host.

As Airbnb drives for more hosts there’s greater supply of properties and the economies drive prices down. This leads hosts to compete on price and quite possibly opt-out of long term involvement.

The term ‘shared’ economy is about contribution from all players. After staying at a home, Airbnb’s questionnaire is just like a hotel’s. Airbnb has the opportunity to influence behaviour internationally with questions such as:

  • When leaving the host’s home did you leave something that’d delight the next guest?
  • What did you contribute to the home or host for the privilege of staying in their home?

If you’re designing new organisational systems, I imagine you’re putting in place a way to regularly seek and add shared value over time.

Here comes privacy.

As blockchains and other tech comes along to bring about greater individuals’ privacy, there’ll be more exposés on corporations selling data without customers’ full understanding. Quite possibly shared economy darlings such as Airbnb will be in the spotlight.

This gives more insight (watch the first 47 seconds).

#Voicetech

Future Employment

Are you looking unique online? Is your global proposition and bio clear on online sites?

These guys are showing their style via Medium and LinkedIn:

Be inspired to stand out online through this insight.

“think like a supermodel if you want to win from the gig economy”

 

Favourite reads & listens

  • True pop up houses. Endless possibilities…[innovation, construction, tech, minimalism]
  • Again Apple shows a humane approach at their new office.[Apple, Future of Work]

“…we have lost confidence in offices altogether as nomadic workers huddle in cafés and in their own bedrooms.”

  • It’s good to be laughed at.[leadership, VC, Fred Wilson]
  • Wonderful to see a successful Aussie (Qld) entrepreneur in the Blockchain space.[fast innovation, ledgers, luxury goods]
  • Engaging overview of business trends.[business strategy, future, tech]
  • Imagine computer to computer regulations.[Vinay Gupta, Internet of Agreements, future web]
  • Future of work“[your] GigBot will talk to your alarm clock; $10 or $10,000, just name the price that would tempt you from your lie-in.”
  • I’m really enjoying Spotify’s radios. Choose your favourite song and click radio – works well. (I’m not missing Rdio so much now!)

 

For your CEO and senior leaders

“We will definitely see a range of steady, incremental improvements in everyday AI. Online product recommendations will get better, your phone or car will understand your voice increasingly well and your vacuum cleaner robot won’t get stuck as often.” 

“Instead of replacing jobs, our overall quality of life will go up. For example, right now few people can afford a personal assistant, or a full-time life coach. In the near future, we’ll all have (a virtual) one!

“It’s likely that a significant fraction of jobs will be under threat over the coming decade. It’s important to note that this won’t necessarily be divided by blue-collar versus white-collar, but rather by which occupations are easily automatable.”

Great online presence

  • Innocent again come up with a cracker of a headline.
  • The extended list is here and here.

Writing these emails continues to delight me. I’m adding this email and those sent in the past to LinkedIn as articles and possibly on Medium so people checking me out virtually ‘get’ what I’m fascinated by and my approach.

 

If we’re not connected, let’s do so by clicking here and here.

Have a fantastic week!

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

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Online Highfliers Issue 31

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Welcome to the 31st edition of this email. Did you know you can read past editions right here?

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I’ve heard Japan is starting to swelter! On the weekend in Melbourne I started to see my misty breath in the air. The chill is starting to set in down here in the south.

Happily I’m at a snowy mountain right now…

Blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies continue to awe and inspire me with ideas for the future. Join me in reading these fascinating insights over a coffee and a spectacular view:

“A tipping point could be reached where people will realize ‘that data belongs to me.'”

  • Examples of Blockchain uses beyond money / currency. Thx Lucy. (Claire S – there’s a good Tesla Powerwall example.)

  • “What if you opened Spotify and paid the artist directly?”
  • “Lots of great things have happened, but overall the benefits of the digital age have been asymmetrical. For example, we have this great asset of data that’s been created by us, and yet we don’t get to keep it. It’s owned by a tiny handful”

  • “The blockchain is …a platform for truth and it’s a platform for trust. The implications are staggering, not just for the financial-services industry but also right across virtually every aspect of society.” McKinsey & co.
  • How Blockchains will transform markets from master-tweeter Naval.
  • Keep up to date with cryptocurrencies – especially good to read if you’re investing in BTC, ETH etc.
  • Current prices of cryptocurrencies. Last week there were 863 currencies listed here and now…
  • If you’re thinking of investing in Ethereum and aren’t sure where to start, this could inform you. It could also be a bit too heavy on words such as “exchanges”. If so, read below this amazing view…

Book a 45 minute session with me to get a quick-start on learning about Blockchain tech and cryptocurrencies, setting up an online wallet, ask your current questions and receive tailored links.
Get involved fast.

Recent favourite reads & listens:

Great online presence:

Reply to let me know the favourite things you saw this week. I’d love that.

Have a fantastic week!

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

* Did you pickup my play on letters? bwahahah

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Online Highfliers Issue 30

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Welcome to the 30th edition of this email. Did you know you can read all past editions right here?

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Innovation, ‘Thin Skin’ and Customer Experience.

Ughh. Having ‘thin skin’. It’s not something that’s usually welcome. The thing is, these days the awareness meter is becoming an attractive tool that creates the impressive wisdom required to connect with customers, colleagues and partners for quicker and greater innovation, conflict resolution, learning and longer-term progress.

Being able to sense what’s needed, what’s possible, imagining, being open to what’s there… it’s important.

If you’re someone with thin skin, tips on how to be emotionally strong include ~
* Choose who to listen to. Feedback is a reflection of the person giving it – you can choose whether to listen to it.
* Develop listening to yourself and what’s important.

Having thin skin balanced with an openness to relevant feedback is an advantage. It gets you closer to beauty for you and others.

FOR WHEN YOU CAN’T ROADTRIP.

Wander.

Roadtrips are great for the feeling of endless time; subjects flow amongst quiet moments. Stops at interesting places.

A wander with a friend through your local villages can be similar. I enjoyed one recently, walking though Melbourne’s CBD via a great conversation at the fromagerie at the Spring St Grocer, an affogato at their Gelati Store, seeing wild sights at the Exhibition Gardens, cobblestone streets of Fitzroy, a canoe on Brunswick St, Snow White apples from the organic store, happy people at The Rose sitting outside in winter, seeing the Crumpler staff hurriedly pack up, seeing Spacecraft and a parfumerie’s beauty on Gertrude St. Walking towards town the idea of a movie popped up and off we went to the Kino and afterwards a feed at Yamato. A wander and a wide ranging conversation. Wonderful!

Who are you wandering with next?

Let My People Go Surfing ~ Yvon Chouinard

Great inspiration via “Let My People Go Surfing” by Yvon Chouinard… from doing business with future generations in mind, to being more aware of the wider environment, tips on building great cultures and doing what’s there to be done. Wonderful business philosophy for Patagonia employees and perhaps your’s too.

Highly recommended. I’ve many favourite comments, here’s a couple:

Yvon was the “outside person” at Patagonia, “responsible for bringing back news ideas. A company needs someone to go out and get the temperature of the world”.

“Trash our stuff, trash our planet”

If you don’t get to the book, enjoy these insightful quotes.

Free Thrills.

It’s been a while now that I’ve worn un-matching socks. Until recently, nobody commented (or noticed).

Then I started karate and one of the classes is with under 10 kids who’ve started commenting, with confusion, that I wear un-matching socks. Good fun.

Smile!

Favourite reads & listens:

  • Blockchain introduction:

    1. Satoshi’s original Bitcoin paper is definitely worth reading – even the Introduction on the first page as it explains the role of blockchain / cryptocurrency and going beyond third party trusted sources. Especially important to read if you are a consultant advising clients.

    2. This Forbes podcast:
    “The blockchain is about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity, from health care to our Internet of Things devices. In this podcast, host Laura Shin talks with industry pioneers across tech, financial services, health care, government and other sectors about how the blockchain and fintech will open up new opportunities for incumbents, startups and everyday people to interact more efficiently, directly and globally.”More blockchain reading is here.

  • Fascinating: 48 hours in VR.
  • Alexa buys Wholefoods
  • Heads up Facebook [thx rosshill]“Treat Facebook as the private walled garden that it is. If you want something to be publicly accessible, post it to a real blog on any platform that embraces the real web, the open one.”
  • Help kids thrive.
  • Delighted to see the tiny homes trend take off. Check out the beauties: here and here.
  • Another inspiring image of future transport. We’ll start to realise how restricted we’ve been with a steering wheel and seats facing forward. Thanks Elon and the Boring Company.

Great online presence:

  • ABC Australia r+d’s entrancing website and their megatrends report which clearly articulates the trends ABC is aware of through their work of engaging with and providing interesting watching for their customers for decades to come.“if you’re aware there’s a computer there, we’ve failed.” Bill Buxton on Invisible design
  • This may have you dream up your next project.

The Surfcoast conditions continue to be wonderful, Nic’s just done her first 4 days of yoga teacher training, a few of us are celebrating the passing of a big-hearted friend, others, a family member. Nick’s home at the end of the world (!), Ross and Anne are NYC’ing, SJ’s in AUS, Wends is dealing with a (happy) unwell child, a few friends are sick (maybe from the change in the seasons), two friends are preparing for interstate relocations at the end of the month… much happens as the globe turns. Wishing you and yours well and happy,

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

P.S. Interesting natural phone amplifier (from Russell in reply to the last newsletter).

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Online Highfliers Issue 29

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Welcome to the 29th edition of this email. Did you know you can read all past editions right here?

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Sunshine for you…

Enjoy little things: a patch of sunlight or the smooth feel of using a fountain pen.

Quick! Fly somewhere!

Kind ideas.

Get something out.

Pick up surfing.

Be excited about the Southern Hemisphere snow season or the Northern Summer or puffins!

(System) Integrity.

My regular coffee shop, Patricia’s, provides me an incredible experience each time I visit: an underlying interest to provide the exceptional, warm welcomes, happy staff, delicious, stylish products (taste, cups, spoons), fascinated sourcing, a sense of community, lots of awareness / care / kindness, fun and delight (including randomly provided tastings), and a sense of openness.

With such integrity throughout there is a constant focus on the customer experience.

I spotted this in Jony Ive’s foreword in the “Designed by Apple” book. It sums up this idea:

Your turn. Create integrity throughout. Aim high!

Hear’s to your incredible success and recognition Bowen (Patricia’s Founder)!

When you visit Patricia’s, look up and spot the Sunshine…

Redefining “Work”.

John Hagel’s SXSW presentation is a simple, wise, calm view of employment opportunities and threats owing to machines. He reminds that in a traditional sense work is creating replicable, tightly specified, efficient processes and outputs. Who’s best to do these? Machines.

John also mentions microsourcing / outsourcing and how this drives individuals’ unique expression (which is great) though John suggests the ‘gig economy’ will be transitional as activities can be defined and given to machines. Having worked with Virtual Assistants, I found myself nodding.

We’re in the time of working out the next version of work. This is one of my favourite (pretty quick) presentations. Enjoy!

Still anxious about robots and automation? Relax, it’s been happening for ages (cruise control, radio to Spotify/Rdio etc). It’s helpfulness and role is directed by you, by us, as humans. Do what you need to feel empowered (including replying to me here!).

Making Progress.

Writing emails like this gives me a chance to reflect on things that are working for me and pass them on.

A favourite for managing progress is having a ‘returning email’ system. When I buy something and receive an email, I return the order confirmation email to me and set the date to just after the expected delivery date. Usually the email pops up and the order has been delivered – though if not, the email returning has me address.

I can also write an email to someone confirming something important they’ll be doing, click the Boomerang “return in…” checkbox at the bottom of the email and it’ll return at the ETA. …then I don’t have to think about it until the email returns.

I use Boomerang in gmail and gmail’s inbox app on my iphone to return emails.

What tips work for you?

Pump Up The Volume.

It was fun today seeing Apple is releasing a new speaker system. It reminded me of a simple idea I’ve used on the fly – put your iPhone in a tall bowl and it amplifies the speaker. Yay!

Favourite reads & listens:

  • Curious about cryptocurrencies, the Blockchain, Bitcoin, Ethereum and more? Tim Ferriss’ latest podcast is a great introduction. It’s co-presented with one of my favourite thinkers in the world – Naval Ravikant – who kindly simplifies complex topics as they arise. A more advanced watch or listen on the wider context on the future of cryptocurrencies and finance is Brian Armstrong at this week’s Token Summit (thanks rosshill)
  • Alastair Humphreys’ newsletter.

 

Great online presence:

Have a fantastic week from an increasingly chilly Melbourne!

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

P.S. Travel links are Aussie/Asia-biased x

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Online Highfliers Issue 28

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Welcome to the 28th edition of this email. Did you know you can read all past editions right here?

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Fintech, beyond capitalism and cryptocurrencies.

It was thrilling to see Bitcoin go to over US$2,000 last week. It’s not just about the monetary value of these new currencies though. It’s how the base technology (the blockchain) is providing a new platform from which to do business, to conduct transactions, to share personal information, and much more in a way that’s decentralised – i.e. not biased or influenced or potentially corrupted by those in power locally, by government, large organisations, and powerful individuals. It’s providing the opportunity to reimagine processes or systems that aren’t working as well as they could in the world.

If you’ve not yet heard or read much about the future possibilities of money and tech in the global economy, here are introductory links ~

The role of cryptocurrencies presented at last week’s Ethereal Summit. I highly recommend watching this full video. The first 4 minutes highlight where banking is headed, how online currencies could become the backbone to improve many systems in the world, and how they’re also not a ‘golden chalice’. At 10:30 there’s mention of how through the blockchain you can pay for your coffee at a cafe and also directly tip the coffee farmer a very small amount without fees on either side. There are incredible supply chain opportunities as the supporting tech comes to be and great opportunities in developing countries too.

Why Bitcoin matters (NYTimes)
What is Blockchain

A beginner’s guide to Ethereum
Ethereum is the Forefront of Digital Currency

Thanks to Ross Hill & his Coinbase friends for these links.

Remote / Flexible work.

Looking for a remote job with flexible hours? Here’s a list of sites and joblists to check:

Any other suggestions? Email me and I’ll keep the list going and distributed here.

Local events.

Get into learning! Check out your local meetup events on topics you’re interested in.

If you’re in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Singapore, Auckland and Perth Laneway Learning is fun.

Micropartnerships.

One of the great learnings I have from creating the Do Lectures here in Australia was the great gains from creating fast partnerships with brands / companies who increase the value provided to customers. This would play out by one of us having a sudden idea of a brand that could offer something to people attending then we’d get in touch via phone or email or through mutual contacts and really quickly we’d have products or experiences people could enjoy.

With this knowledge and as I see companies becoming more globally competitive, it’s powerful and increasingly necessary to have a proactive curiosity around what customers value and could gain from, an openness to get in touch with anyone who can help provide it and being aware of how to quickly build trust.

Who could you partner with fast to increase the worth to your customers?
How can you quickly create trust?

Digital Leadership.

How is your digital leadership learning coming along? Check in to this article to choose what you wish to learn or book a session with me to chart your course, to gain answers to current questions and more. Let’s see you flying high in your work and life opportunities.

Favourite reads & listens:

Great online presence:

  • Fascinating to recently meet Thomas King (thanks Jac) and hear his exciting intentions for the future of food in Australia. He has a clean, clear LinkedIn profile.
  • The extended list is here and here.

Have a fantastic week!

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

P.S. It was a treat to recently be in Tassie (Tasmania). Enjoy the photos here.

 

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Online Highfliers Issue 27

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Welcome to the 27th edition of this email. Did you know you can read all past editions right here?

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(Be prepared) This newsletter may have a few more typos than usual. I’m fitting it in in between a hectic play and work schedule and created it in 45 minutes which is a record for me. Hoping your week is wonderful! Have a great one.

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Human-Centred Futures.

Having just received a MASSIVE smile from the checkout person at the supermarket I’m even more delighted with this next phase of greater care, kindness and humanity that’s coming. So many organisations are starting to do more Service Design / Human Centred Design / People Experience Design in part because ‘average’ doesn’t cut it in many industries any more and because customers are global and can subconsciously or consciously demand more (quality / additional features / quicker deliver / better service). Also with more tracking more kindness will be observed and amplified online.

Knowing the supermarket I was in has been doing an internal overhaul for the past few years and training for better customer service and just now seeing the results, it reminds me this is what’s coming for most industries. As a consumer having better service sounds soooo good.

It’s good practice to go the extra mile. Aim high with what you’re doing and challenge others kindly to do the same. Create great ripple effects.

Do More Experiments.

A quick tip for more courage or to move on from indecision: Work out your best guess on the direction to take, make the decision in this direction, take action and call it an experiment. Don’t second guess yourself. Calling it an experiment can lighten your worries or concerns and build confidence in your intuition. Let me know how you go 🙂

Writing Newsletters.

This newsletter marks a year of me writing a fortnightly newsletter. Wahoo! If you’re thinking of writing a regular newsletter and have questions about doing so, hit reply. I’m interested to hear what you need to get your clever online.

Favourite reads & listens:

Great online presence:

  • Search consultant Andrew Bonwick’s articles help his potential clients, reiterate his services and show him as an expert. What articles could you publish on LinkedIn for your customers?
  • The extended list is here and here.

See you next time!

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

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Online Highfliers Issue 26

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Welcome to the 26th edition of this email. Did you know you can read all past editions right here?

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Mix Up Your Reality

Ohhhh it’s getting exciting! This presentation by Robert Scoble shows the current developments in Mixed Reality, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. The image below shows him watching a game with multiple screens surrounding him with game scores, player details and statistics.

Knowing I’m often using 2 or more screens or more than one tab on my computer, it’s wonderful to see this technology nearly here to make life easier (and of course, more complex).

A company I’ve enjoyed following for a while now is 8i. As you know, I encourage people to share their unique individuality online as it’s the most sustainable personal online strategy. Combine this with the incredibly true-to-life holograms that 8i are building and we’re on our way into a new and fascinating dimension of the world wide web.

These images on the right are from 8i’s Buzz Aldrin hologram who takes viewers on a journey to Mars.

It’s a great example too of the educational power of VR. Go 8i!

The Blue Planet

Isn’t it incredible to be able use Google Earth to go from space, looking at our blue planet, then into the 3D details on the street, mountains and beyond. Pop on your VR goggles

Favourite reads & listens:

  • 3D printed house… in 24 hours. (It’s worth clicking on the video to see the technology.) [3D Printing, construction, mobility]
  • A newsletter that always gives me a deep chuckle is Steve Edge – who I was fortunate to meet at the DO lectures in Wales and see his amazing talk …”everyday dress for a party and the part comes comes to you”. His news is aways engaging, high on integrity and fun. [inspiration, branding, design]
  • Wonderful new podcast “Stoked Lifestyle” by Steve Larosiliere. [inspiring, leaders]
  • “Organizations should have a brand that transcends one generation”, Christine Murray on Twitter [great quote, purposeful organisations]
  • Our Turn” by Kirstine Stewart is an intelligent, kind read with lots of empowering leadership tips and humility. Her straight talking style is refreshing and she treads deep into the true accountability of a paid job.

    “[Kirstine] take[s] the conversation about women and work to a whole new level”, Good Reads 

    [leadership, women, Twitter, CBC]
  • Jeff Bezos’s high-velocity decision-making. [leadership, tips, high performance]
  • The most popular TED talks of all time. [high performance tips, inspiration]
  • So much news on many great technology advancements here. [nanopores, cancer, healthtech, manufacturing, solar]
  • In London? Head to the Natural History Museum to have David Attenborough guide you via VR. [VR, Attenborough!]
  • Receive postcards from dear Nick Hand. [craftivism, inspiration, kickstarter]

Great online presence:

    • Scroll down the Unlockd careers lovely webpage to “VIEW ALL AVAILABLE POSITIONS” and it links across to LinkedIn where the search of their organisation appears. Rather than listing job details on their website this is a great way to have data in one location / quicker maintenance.
    • Harriet’s engaging LinkedIn summary.
    • Sometimes it’s the little things that lift you up. I recently updated my Instagram bio to:Live a bit more 😉 

      It makes me smile. Hope your bios give you energy too.

    • The extended list is here and here.

Got something to share with me? Hit reply and do so. I’d love that.

Have a fantastic week!

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

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Online Highfliers Issue 25

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Hi Sam,

Welcome to the 25th edition of this email. Did you know you can read all past editions right here?
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Start with this for some …fun!

Manage your energy, not your time.

Very cool article (thx Rob Farmer) with simplified actions to increase your energy. Skim the checklist below for tips.

This was printed in 2007 and could be a great annual review tool.

Here’s what stuck with entrepreneur Jesse Itzler two years after living with a Navy SEAL (article):

  • Do Something Hard Every Day
  • Don’t Put Off the Little Things—Just Get Them Done
  • Simplicity
  • Say No to Stuff
  • Have a Plan

And thought provoking topics from Tim Ferriss’ Tools of Titans:

  • Not waiting to pursue your dreams
  • Starting extremely small
  • Morning priming
  • Conviction without stubbornness
  • Stimulating the subconscious mind

What routines and hacks/tips work for you to have a productive day / highly productive moments?

Favourite reads & listens:

  • Have a quick squizz at how better minds are being built (thanks Claire Spencer!)
  • Introductions to blockchain and cryptocurrencies: 1, 2, 3 & 4 (thanks Ross).
  • Be inspired ~ wise Otto Scharma’s thoughts on how we’re creating new systems (thanks Jan):
  • Creating constantly high performing teams is an amazing achievement. Extreme Teams and Radical Candor “Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity” are two books that I’m enjoying at the moment.Many tips from these books remind me of the Hub Australia culture and communications that Jan Stewart and the crew there have built. Watching their story of success over the past 7+ years, I’ve admired their tenacity and the depth of understanding of each other. It’s helped challenging conversations (“radical candour”) to happen and progress to occur for the individual and the team, creating ripple effects for many others.
  • Comment for reflection:  “it’s your role to help people feel necessary” – Sebastian Junger, “Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging”.

Great online presence:

  • Writer Gen Callahan is extending her online footprint with a new (free) story a day via Instagram. What creative ways can you advertise your professional services?
  • Trevor’s LinkedIn photo 🙂
  • Leadership topics have you captivated? Enjoy Andy Hedges’ posts on LinkedIn or Twitter.
  • The extended list is here and here.

Thanks for all the replies to the last few newsletters. It’s a treat to learn from you and hear what you enjoyed.

Have a fantastic week!

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

P.S. Melburnians perhaps I’ll see you at the 26 April “The Stentrode Story: Breakthrough in Brain-Machine Interfaces” event. (Thanks Mai Rääbus)

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Online Highfliers Issue 24

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Hi Sam,

Welcome to the 24th edition of this email. Did you know you can read all past editions in our archive?

The subject this time round is Learning & Robots and I’ve added loads of tips and insights. Let me know what you liked.

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Open Your Mind. 

I went surfing last week and had a brilliant time. This time I spontaneously decided to go after seeing the great forecast. I invited two friends on the off chance they were free to leave the city in the next 20 mins and it turned out one was. Yay! She was also having a challenging time at work which cleared via a chat on our roadtrip and massive smiles in the waves. Sometimes, our challenges need space.

The amazing thing about learning to surf is that there are heaps of unexpected benefits.

Getting beyond beginner-beginner stage (I’m now a beginner), means you can paddle ‘out the back’, beyond the breaking waves. One time out the back I watched the triangular peak of a wave effortlessly move passed me. I was mesmerised. It hit me:

“it’s SO BEAUTIFUL out here!”

…the waves, my feet happily dangling from my board, the wide open water, the big sky, the birds above, being in the saltwater,…

“It’s enough to just be here” I thought.
I didn’t even need to catch a wave. WOW.

There’s the fascinating chats I have with friends and with new people I meet out the back too. I’ve met lovely people and heard their stories of travelling through South America and I’ve met travellers who are stoked to be here in Australia – it’s so uplifting. Sometimes it’s a conversation that takes place over a few waves (some caught) and sometimes it’s a short grin and ‘hello’. Pretty great.

I’ve learnt surfers of all ability levels are hugely generous and offer great tips. I headed to my car one time and met a surf school teacher of 10 years who was rapt to see me learning and who taught me to catch waves by paddling fast “like there’s a shark behind you”. I paddle faster and catch more waves now!

I want/need to be fit for surfing which has given me great reason for a morning exercise practice.

…and I’ve a charming new friendship with a beginner surfer who worked at my favourite coffee place.

Surfing isn’t just about mastering my body on a board in the ocean. Amazing.

I’ve a passion for learning which sees me trying many new things. (I wrote a few years back about emptying my bucket-list.) Now I hear so many futurists and commentators advocate the need to constantly learn – sounds good to me.

What are you learning now? What’s surprising you?

Partner with the Robots.

The rubber is hitting the road in discussions about robots and machines taking over jobs and it’s easy to feel a sense of separation or even fear.

Next time you’re reading about or wondering what life will be like in the future with robots, think of partnering with computers/robots/machines that learn for the betterment of your life.

As life is getting more complex, our new tech partners will aid our understanding, enhance our memory, reduce risk and help us progress.

We’ll keep discovering things robots and machines are better at than us. Being open to how we best integrate will help.

LinkedIn Achievements.

This week I added specific achievements, more projects and refined my commercial offer on LinkedIn and created a new CV.

The master I worked with for my CV is wise Peter Pick of Nine Lives Consulting. The process was fast and fun and he has loads of great tips for writing a CV including:

4 pages or less. Front large with summary. Make the start an amazing 8 second read – it may be all people read.

Always stick to:
What impact did I have?
What was the context?
Why was I successful?

Be clear on your commercial offer: What will an organisation gain by having you on board?

Get your online presence, LinkedInLinkedIn summary and commercial offer / CV really clear. The world is listening to you online. Craft it well.

Favourite reads & listens:

Great online presence:

Have a wonderful week,

~ Sam

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P.S. I asked a friend what they’d like to read in this email. He suggested “surfing and other things” and included this link to Chantelle’s painful experience to remind us life is short.
Go get it!

P.P.S. If you want to start surfing here are (Melbourne-biased) tips:

  • Get lessons – Go Ride a Wave at Torquay, Salty Surf School at Shoreham (great for kids too) and surf schools in Bali (warm water!) were all amazing.
  • get a wetsuit – I started with a 3″2 from Rip Curl which has been perfect in Victoria for December to March (maybe for next month or two) and I’m about to purchase a 4″3 from Need Essentials or Rip Curl.
  • get a board – I’ve started with a 8″6 foamy (I’m just shy of 5″9 tall) from Go Ride a Wave’s Queen’s Birthday sale – where they sell their old hired boards. They checked the longest board that’d fit inside my car. 8″6! I like their thinking: longer board = catch more waves = learn quicker.
  • you may need roofracks and tie downs (these are working well for me when the board isn’t in my car).
  • start to know what to look for on the forecasts (waves around 2m!). I use Swellnet and Surfstitch app. This post is amazing for learning about tide, wind and more.
  • to have new friends come with you, check out the Sneaky Surf app. Good fun.
  • shoot me a reply to this email if you’ve more questions for a beginner surfer 🙂 

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Online Highfliers Issue 23

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The subject this time round is YOU. (How fun!)

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It’s about YOU.

What’s on your mind? What could I help you with? Shoot me a reply with:

~ a question

~ a query on a current challenge

~ ideas of topics you’d like to read in future newsletters

Fun 🙂

Deep Work.

Amazingly a month after finishing Cal Newport’s “Deep Work” book the learnings, reminders and productivity tips have continued to (usefully) pop into my mind.

Turns out this book and Kevin Kelly’s are my favourites in the past year.

Did you enjoy them too?

Industries of the Future ~ Alec Ross

Another recent read was Alec Ross’s “Industries of the Future” which went deeper than his TED talk. The main outtake: get your unique life/career/work purpose very clear and start profiling and marketing yourself online.

Get to it!

Here’s a favourite quote:

In case of overwhelm (“more books to read!”)

Any of the books I recommend have quotes on the Good Reads website. If you’re wondering about reading something, type into Google:

“good reads quotes [name of book / author]”

…and then click through to the Good Reads quotes page where you’ll gain a quick overview of the book. These days this helps me decide whether to read a book.

Examples:

Favourite reads & listens:

Great online presence:

I’ve heard Spring is in the air in London, the snowfalls have slowed in Japan, and we’re continuing an excellent Summer here in Melbourne. Wherever you are, have fun!

~ Sam

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Online Highfliers Issue 22

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Life Beyond-Productivity: A Day in February 2027  😎 🚁 👌

 

Hi Sam

Welcome to the 22nd edition of this email. Did you know you can read all past editions in our archive?

The subject this time round is Life Beyond Productivity.

It’s a slight change of format, inspired by what I’ve been researching. Let me know if you like it.

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Have you ever wondered what your life will be like in 10 years time?

I’ve written a story of a day in February 2027, complete with possible tech (robots, house help, passenger drones, health data and more). I’ve referred to it as “Life Beyond Productivity” as we’ll be integrating robots / AI / machine learning into our lives within the next 10 years and I imagine by 2027 we will have learnt a lot about how we best operate in life, work and any other aspect.

This story is a playful look on this subject and I wonder if it may be easier for people to understand what could be coming through this ‘a day in the life’ style. The first part of the day is below (click on the link to read the full story) and perhaps as you’re reading it wonder:

“What will my life be like in February 2027?”

Day in February 2027

New tunes wake me. It’s 6am. The music is new to me and was chosen from analysing my body’s morning brainwaves. It has the desired effect: I’m feeling ultra-calm. A great way to start the day.

My partner is sleeping in today so the music is playing through my ear implant. I get out of our ultra-comfortable bed. It dynamically moulds to each of our bodies and is made from materials that aid sleep (we used tech that matches our health data and personal preferences). Plus the bedding regulates our temperatures. I daresay if I checked my overnight sleep data I’ve had a deep, high quality sleep which is a regular occurrence, on-par with others of similar DNA and age.

The blinds automatically open showing the view and I glance at the superimposed weather and surf forecast for today as I pad into our ensuite. The lights come on at the morning brightness setting. I brush my teeth with a comfortable toothbrush and floss – they’re both designed for my specific mouth conditions and their sensors take another reading on my health. On the mirror, I see there’s only one preventative health measure prescribed (tablets, food or exercise) – there’ll be a slow release Vitamin D supplement in my morning juice.

Being increasingly aware of my health data over the past 10 years has been a blessing and a curse. The past 3 years I’ve actively worked on improving my body’s nutrient absorption, gave up coffee and I’ve increased my bone strength. The blessing is all that comes from better health, the curse is the extra logistics to do what’s prescribed – this is part of the reason we invested in Marta (She’s our house help (robot)) and since then, things have been super easy, assisted by ultra-fast home-delivery of such a wide selection of specific foods that are good for our health – raw, pre-prepared or fully-cooked.

I change into workout gear that has the usually sensors and temperature-regulation and head downstairs, saying “Hi” to Marta – she’s preparing our breakfasts. I can hear the kitchen 3D printer creating my Vitamin D supplement.

Popping my slim headset on I see our spare room transform to a workout room with my (virtual) personal trainer. My implants and house sensors accurately track my vitals and workout results. As my workout finishes my favourite beach surrounds me as the environment changes for a guided meditation. The technology has worked out from my current brainwaves, recent moods and today’s schedule that the meditation length will be 9 minutes.

I head into the kitchen ready for Marta’s green juice. She’s just started making my cooked breakfast in our tiny kitchen with it’s few, multi-functional gadgets. Cooking from scratch these days is a novelty with so many accessible, delicious, healthy, quick options. Since the identification of so many health-affecting germs over the past 10 years and home help that can eradicate them real-time with sustainable products, everything on the food front is so easy.

Marta suggests I chat with my cousin who’s free. While I eat breakfast we chat generally then notice the suggested discussion topics on our hologram screens that then strengthen our conversation (recent birthdays, family activities, new health innovations and her recent virtual build of another use for their spare room). At the end of the call I see that my productivity tech picked up a couple of actions we talked about and is already making them happen (namely logistics for our next catch up and booking in time to try out my cousin’s new virtual room that could be useful in our home). It’s great to be in regular contact which is now easier owing to less work hours these days.

After the call, my mobile hologram switches to my fun, daily checks of today’s selections for travel (air/passenger drones and ground/self-driven capsules), clothing and meals. A quick scan has me aware and satisfied. There’s nothing to alter and I’m mindful that my (artificial) assistants are constantly learning and their suggested selections and automated choices are amazingly helpful now both as time savers, productivity enhancement and to free my mind of mundane decisions. I review Marta’s list of suggested actions to have our life running smoothly and agree to most and answer outstanding questions via verbal comment. Marta receives this information immediately and starts working on it while she’s sorting the washing.

I pad upstairs to our wardrobe and see today’s outfit suggested by my stylist. She’s had such a fast knack of finding great clothes that are ultra-comfortable, made of sustainable fabrics (my tech identified I’ve a sensitivity to certain dyes), and incorporate useful new tech. She’s cleverly integrated tech and data to complement her work skills and experience. She’s based in Tel Aviv.

Her process starts by her tech analysing (pretty much) the world’s outfits based on my measurements, my personal and health data (including my skin toning) as well as all of my data on the internet (much of this shows my preferences for style and lifestyle). It then gathers 1,000 outfits and as you skim through the first 20 many are discarded with respect to what you don’t like. – saying what you do and don’t like – it has worked out a wardrobe. I particularly like the colour pallets, the consistent geometric tailored necklines with a hint of femininity from the 20’s, and that every outfit has a pocket (I remember a time when women’s fashion didn’t). Over the following three weeks and then the following seasons, the stylist checks in with suggested tweaks. Now it constantly receives measurements via my sensors and fast communication connections and combines it with a vast database of new clothes and fabrics. She’s saved us time and money as my clothes and wardrobe is actually pretty small and much has been printed at home – including accessories from the library she has installed on our 3D printer.

My clothing style is quickly solidifying. It’s been an enlightening process as I was never that interested in clothes before though my style is now clear and we’ve co-designed unique pieces that work so well that they’re being sold and I gain a small commission. Who knew there were others who wanted similar pieces to me!

I head down to my office where there’s a standup desk with VR 3D sensors around it, and (old school style) a physical A3 sketch pad with a few colourful pens ready to go for jotting ideas. A tea (tailored for concentration) is atop my standup desk. I sip it while I look at today’s list aside my computer. There’s not much to do before my surf this afternoon.

I voice activate my virtual office and the team appears around me. We’re a specialised think tank that finds current and future opportunities for subscribed companies. It’s fast, focused, fascinating and exhilarating work. The team (from Madrid, Yemen, Paris, Boston, Argentina and Melbourne) is a lot of fun. Practical jokes are a regular occurrence. Today we’re scoping the impacts and the opportunities from a potential new piece of software to incorporate through an organisation. If it works for this organisation, we’ll include it as a quick-to-implement bonus report for other relevant customers. We do a quick brainstorm for 30 minutes, then 20 minutes to see how far we can implement / analyse on our own, onto a 20 minute focused debrief with next steps. Dynamic, fun and interesting.

We check in with each other and see what’s happened overnight on other projects and ideas. A new system we suggested for a client has worked well (all implemented by specialised robots). After a high five (that feels real!) and a check in about other plans we say bye, leaving our virtual assistant (robots) to sort out the details of our next meetings and some of the actions we agreed on. I write a few notes, send a few messages to gain more information on a few things, check in with my assistant to answer her questions.

Marta calls out that my transport is here to take me to a new cafe for lunch. It’s 15 minutes by passenger drone. I’ve heard it has the latest tech to integrate personal taste preferences and health data into their menu which is co-designed each day by a local chef, a coastal nutrition expert, and the latest health AI. Marta uploaded my health data and personal preferences this morning.

… the rest of the day is here (click this link).

 

Image credit: Business Insider and Moley Robotics

I hope you enjoyed the story and perhaps your reflection. What will your life be like? I’d love to hear your perspective. Shoot me a reply with ideas, challenging comments, or even questions to expand parts of this story. I’ll be fascinated.

Here are aspects I wanted to incorporate:
– constant experimentation
– feedback loops
– shared collective data – it’s more interesting and useful to share data and experiences
– consistent, startling innovation that reduces life friction
– less work
– an individual’s refinement of style, productivity and attention
– smaller houses as VR transforms spaces

Be aware, take an interest and guide your world.

Fly high,

~ Sam

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Online Highfliers Issue 21

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Deep Work, Self-Driving Cars, Automation & Great Online Presence 👀 🚘 🎰 😊

Hi,

Welcome to the 21st edition of this email. Did you know you can read all past editions in our archive?

The subject this time round is Deep Work.

Ready? Let’s focus…

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Deep Work

Hi from Torquay, overlooking the waves rolling in. I’m freshly inspired from listening to Cal Newport’s “Deep Work”. These words are interesting:

“In this new economy, three groups will have a particular advantage: those who can work well and creatively with intelligent machines, those who are the best at what they do, and those with access to capital.” 

“To remain valuable in our economy, therefore, you must master the art of quickly learning complicated things. This task requires deep work.
If you don’t cultivate this ability, you’re likely to fall behind as technology advances.”

Cal’s book is fascinating with quickly actionable tips and this is a great list by Ryan Holiday on how he does deep work. Fascinating.

Things getting too heavy?

“Piaggio recently unveiled the company’s first product, a personal cargo robot named Gita. The bot can carry up to 40 pounds autonomously using maps, or by following a human operating the bot’s path… It’s fast enough to keep up with you on a bike (22MPH), and [has] the “human agility” needed to navigate sidewalks.” via Peter Diamandis

Gita and other helpful-to-humans technology excites me! You too?

 

Self-driving cars: coming sooner

Recently in conversations I’ve suggested we’ll use self-driving cars sooner than expected, for a couple of reasons:

  1. With so many other things to do, see, read, watch, catch up on (including sleep), car driving will start to be less of interest compared to other things we could do.
  2. As more images of newly designed car interiors (movie cinema, sleeping pod, working space / shared office) appear the idea of the car being a location to do other things than drive will grow on us… quickly.

Automation and employment

This graph shows job titles and their probability for automation. It’s worth reading the sidebar too. It’s from this month’s Oxford University and Citibank Report (good article to read).
“the rise of artificial intelligence is likely to extend job destruction deep into the middle classes, with only the most caring, creative or supervisory roles remaining.” Stephen Hawking

I’ve also recently heard the entrancing term the “post-work economy”. Universal Basic Income anyone? What do you think?

Favourite reads & listens:

Great online presence:

 

Happy week!

Sam
RunwayDigital.com

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Average is Dead, Designing your 2017 & Employee Experiences 😎 😃 😍

Hi,

Welcome to the 20th edition of this email. Did you know you can read all past editions in our archive?

The subject this time round is Average is Dead.

The Age of Average is Dead. Yippeee!

I’ve started listening to newly released “Thankyou for Being Late” which is “an essential and entertaining field guide to thriving in the 21st century” by the “Pulitzer Prize winner and number one international best-selling author of The World Is Flat”. A short way in, it’s already a great reflection on now and where we have the potential to head. Author Thomas L. Friedman mentions how Uber has removed layers of complexity for consumers – there’s no longer the need to call, schedule, trust a taxi will arrive,… Combined with others I’ve listened to recently concurring that the age of average is dead, it’s great to reflect on what Uber now provides and how it’s reduced effort, increased simplicity and even made the experience more enjoyable. What other complexities that we deal with day-to-day will be simplified to make life easier? So exciting.

 

Viktor & Rolf Exhibition

If you’re in Melbourne please head to the Viktor Rolf exhibition! It is a showcase of masterpieces of focus, determination, haute couture, craftsmanship, design, production, innovation and more. Absolutely exceptional. My photos are here. (Don’t peak if you’re going.)

 

 

 

Constant Learning is Here to Stay

We’re now in a fabulous time for humanity (move over negativity) and with it comes faster work environments and constant learning. Don’t freak out! Get an proactive, digitally-aware mindset. Get learning! Here’s your Digital Learning checklist (scroll down to where it says “Here is your Digital Learning Plan”). Use it to check you’re up to speed with current digital knowledge and send it to peers at work. Set time each week to fill each piece (it may take a lot less time than expected and give you great pride too).

2017 is Your Year!

Last year two of my legendary friends signed up for beginner ice hockey lessons. After the first few sessions they’d fallen in love with the sport and they’ve since fitted in practicing at the ice rink every day or two at lunch time or after work or… whenever! They run their own businesses and have full lives. They’ve made a new, exhilarating hobby fit in their lives. I’ve recently had a similar experience with surfing – I get so much done after a morning surf! What life priority / hobby is creating this sort of focus for you this year? Food for thought… Imagine altering your diary so you could be at [enter your equivalent to the ice hockey rink / surf break here] every day and that helped your productivity… Have fun!

 

Virtual Reality Excitement

An Australian VR start-up is creating accurate, virtual reconstructions of long-lost structures.

 

 

Long-Term Planning

Given the person who’ll live to be 1000 years old is quite possibly alive (is it you?)… 1,000 year planning may be realistic. What would your plans incorporate if they were 10 year plans or 50 or 100 or more?

iWatch Tip

Do you have an iwatch? What face works for you? Here’s mine. I’m loving clicking the workout icon on the bottom-right, choosing ‘Other’ then ‘Surfing’ 🙂 Here’s a simple introduction on how to use the workout mode.

 

 

 

Favourite reads & listens:

Have a great evening / day!

Fly high online,

~ Sam RunwayDigital.com

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Online Highfliers Issue 19

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Flying in VR, Stem Cell Developments & LinkedIn 2017 🌏 💉 💎

Hi,

Welcome to the 19th edition of this email. Did you know you can read all past editions in our archive?

The subject this time round is 2017 Success and I’ve included great links on Virtual Reality and stem cell developments.

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Fantastic 2017

Getting annual health checks in January has me feel soooo organised and glowing with satisfaction for the rest of the year.

“I did that in January!”

Let’s create that feeling for you with your LinkedIn profile:

1. Book 30 minutes in your diary in the next fortnight to polish your LinkedIn so it’s ready for the rest of the year.

2. In that 30 minutes either use these free tips or download our new, 2017 version of The Standout Professional’s LinkedIn workbook (see discount details below).

The new, 2017 version just left the maintenance sheds. Thankfully I had less updates to do than expected and really enjoyed the process of refining last year’s work.

We’ve also updated the price to $19 so more people can learn and if you use this discount code mylinkedinrocks in the next week it’s $10 and remember the bonus tips at the end. Thanks for being a reader 🙂

If you’ve already bought a copy, you’ll receive an email with an updated link so you can use the latest version.

As always, reply to let me know how you’re going. I’m keen to help.

This week’s favourite reads & listens:

  • Always wanted to fly? This VR suit excites the mind with possibilities. Learn more about it and VR/AR news here and remember the Voices of VR podcast – choose the topic you’re interested in and learn about Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality through your preferred lens.
  • Quickly get updated on stem cells. This is an especially great read if stem cells have sounded too complicated to date. Includes the latest developments from banking your children’s stem cells to stem cell transfusions. Amazing. It’s by Peter Diamandis who’s gathering a wonderful selection of futuristic topics on his blog – flick through and read a couple of topics that attract your eyes.
  • Ross Hill’s uplifting, new post on space: one of humanity’s next frontiers.
  • Interesting to see what’s being discussed at Davos today.
  • Especially insightful for Aussie women, this Ita Buttrose podcast with Mia Freedman showcases Ita as a successful, strong, disciplined female as well as being a fun and engaging review of how far we’ve come in the media industry. Refreshing.
  • What are you enjoying at the moment?

I wish you all a wonderful week. Press reply let’s chat  👋

Fly high online,

~ Sam
RunwayDigital.com

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2017 LinkedIn Book

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We’ve updated our 2016 The Standout Professional’s LinkedIn workbook so it’s great for 2017 and dropped the price too so more people can gain.

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Online Highfliers Issue 18

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Thankyou! Happy 2017 🙏 ⭐

Hi,

Welcome to the 18th edition of this email. Did you know you can read all past editions in our archive?

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Happy 2017!

Are you enjoying the start of 2017?

I’ve a great feeling about this year. I hope you do too.

Here at Payne’s Hut we had big Summer rains that cleared to radiant blue skies, an exceptionally starry sky on New Year’s Eve and right now there’s a breeze just strong enough to rustle the leaves on the trees, adding to the serenity.

So many kookaburra choruses and much birdsong.

It’s a great way to enjoy the start of 2017.

Payne’s Hut a couple of days ago. You’ll see a few more updates from here on Instagram.

Thankyou.

As the year starts, thankyou for being a reader of this newsletter. May your online presence be impressing your target audience and your awareness of current business trends be helping your work.

Your replies fascinate me and each time a person subscribes I get excited that someone has received (& I potentially gained from) the LinkedIn checklist and 10 page preview of the LinkedIn workbook I wrote.

Last year I wrote fortnightly letters for more than half the year and blogged a lot (mainly about LinkedIn and online presence). I learnt from you and attracted more people to samantha bell.com.au and runwaydigital.com. The simple tips seem to be working for people. I’m delighted.

What I loved the most are the conversations that happened via email. Like I mentioned before, I ALWAYS read your email replies and I try my best to reply – even if I take time to do so!

Will I continue in 2017?

Yes! I’m excited to continue sharing what I learn and I believe so much in the greater gains from having the discipline to do so.

I’ll continue to increase the quality and experiment with the format of this email this year. I’m always open to your feedback and I think the format right now with a topic or two, favourite links and a shot of inspiration is working well. I appreciate your feedback and I’ll keep encouraging you to do so.

The topics I write about change a lot as I enjoy a wide range of topics – especially those that are impacting our life and work. One day I write about self driving cars, and another day about something very specific to business or LinkedIn or online presence.

This letter is a side project, and currently costs me about $120 a year to run and if I help a person or two in a positive way with every letter, it’s completely worth it.

Unsubscribe!

One thing I’d greatly appreciate is that if you’ve found you’re not interested in reading, you might want to un-subscribe right now. It benefits both of us. (unsubscribe link in the footer of this email)

Here are my latest favourite listens (in amongst the kookaburra laughter):

What are you listening to, learning about or reading?

Thank you again for reading, and I’ll write to you again in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your holidays and kicking off 2017.

Fly high in life and online this year (apologies to those afraid of heights),

~ Sam
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P.S. Want to contribute to this email? Submit your questions or topic recommendations right here. I promise I read them & they will inspire new articles which I hope to answer your questions with.

P.P.S. Start off the year with a strong online profile and attract new opportunities. Here is my LinkedIn book, our online flight training and the next available online coaching slot is the 2nd February.

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Online Highfliers Issue 17

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Universal Basic Income, Home Automation & Human Intelligence 💱 🛀 😇

Hi,

Welcome to the 17th edition of this email. Did you know you can read all past editions in our archive?

The subject this time round is Universal Basic Income and Home Automation.

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Yesterday was a brilliant blue sky day so I went surfing and work happened late into the evening. #ChooseLife

Let’s get into today’s newsletter.

We’re in enthralling times with a call for a Universal Basic Income and a stronger pull in society for home / life automation.

Universal Basic Income

With automation becoming part of every day life and work, the ongoing conversation of human jobs being made redundant occurs more often. One idea gaining attention is a Universal Basic Income (UBI).

“Universal basic income (UBI) is a policy in which all citizens of a country regularly receive an unconditional sum of money, either from a government or some other public institution, in addition to any income received from other means.

Is it actually a solution to technological unemployment?

Can governments react quickly enough, given the pace of innovation and automation in tech?

…will we still have to go through a turbulent, violent period as we redistribute our labor in a world of robots and AI?”

Quickly get up to speed with this short video and if you’ve more time, this interesting read – both from Peter Diamandis. (Fascinating to read about Manitoba’s success.)

Home Automation

This image and title caught my attention this morning and the enjoyable and short article explains why we’ll see an increasing pull for toasters, washing machines and other home devices to become smart.

A longer read is this one from Mark Zuckerburg of Facebook who spent 2016 automating his house.

Favourite reads

  • Keep this for your holiday reading. “When HI combines with AI, we will have the most significant advancement to our capabilities of thought, creativity and intelligence that we will have ever had in history.”
  • Have a play: Virtual Reality, Yosemite and Obama. Great to see how 21st Century Fox is doing VR.
  • If you missed Kevin Kelly’s “The Inevitable” book that described the potential impact of 12 incoming tech forces, here’s a 16 min intro via TED talks.
  • Stephen Hawking’s encouragement for the elites and his view on Brexit, Trump, and tech. “We now have the technology to destroy the planet on which we live, but have not yet developed the ability to escape it.”
  • What I learned from 100 days of rejection” by Jia Jiang. Entertaining and insightful.
  • If you’re a parent or fascinated by learning new things, check out “The Kid Should See This” – “gathers the best short videos that explain how the world works. Subjects includes nature, science, technology, art, politics,…2600 videos” Thanks to Kevin Kelly for the heads up.
  • Learn about Mindfulness and Thriving via Arianna Huffington’s (of Huffington Post fame) Thrive Global initiative.

Great online presence

I wish you a sensational new year.

What do you have planned?

Great to have you onboard,

~ Sam
RunwayDigital.com

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Online Highfliers Issue 16

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How To Build Your Network Of Online Advisors 👌 💪 👀

Hi,

Welcome to the 16th edition of this email. Did you know you can read all past editions in our archive?

The subject this time round is Growing your Network online.

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Pull up a chair, I’m here to tell you a short story that goes a lil’ somethin’ like this ~

In October I was contacted by Troy who found me on LinkedIn through my connection to the Do Lectures.

I saw the Clippings page on his website and was inspired. After a few LinkedIn messages, we established similar interests, caught up for a coffee, learnt about each others’ work, exchanged a few more links and set the intent to stay in contact. It’ll be fun to work together if it happens. Already I’ve gained so much from the links in the original messages.

One of the links was this enthralling short film that led me to Chris Burkard’s photography which has completely WOWed me. I’ve the feeling of incredulousness (yep, that’s a word) and joy when I see his photos.

Let’s break it down.

1. Troy found me on LinkedIn.

Tip: Get your online profile up to date and set up well for people searching for someone with your experience, interests and intentions.

2. Sam has an interesting LinkedIn profile. 

Tip: Think of what is unique for about you and how you wish to represent that uniqueness as best as you can and work out who you wish to attract. Who would you be rapt to attract? Write to them on your website, LinkedIn, other social media sites, email newsletter, and/or blog. Create some mystery so they’ll get in touch…

(We can help if you’re keen.)

3. Troy has an interesting website.

Tip: Setup your online profile for opportunities with new employers, recruiters, clients, media, advisors, supporters, collaborators… think about the broad range of people you wish to attract.

We’re in a global economy. Find people who can inspire, wow, motivate, teach, support, and work with you. Grow your network of relevant advisors and those who can pass on opportunities to you.

4. Sam accepted the LinkedIn invitation.

Tip: Be open to connecting with new people on LinkedIn. Don’t be afraid! It’s a business networking site. You can remove the connection easily. You never know who’ll connect you to your next opportunity. Accept invitations if they seem relevant to you or you sense interest and reach out to relevant people (tips here).

5. Interesting messages were received.

Tip: You never know where one message may lead. Setup LinkedIn and other online sites so you can reply to opportunities in a timely manner. Maybe it’s daily or weekly or monthly – whatever you can manage. Quick responses can be good. Setting up email alerts (in LinkedIn for example) can help if you’re not in these sites regularly.

6. They met.

Tip: Have free time in your diary to meet new people. Good luck.

7. Helpful, interesting links were received.

Tip: You may not like Chris Burkard’s photography. That’s partly the point. I really like it. Find what you like, who you enjoy following. Find people online who enrich your work and life.

Receiving highly tailored links inspire and save time. That happens when your interests, intentions and experience are clear online. Go you good thing.

Checkout the new checkouts 🙂 

Amazon Go was hot news this week.

 

 

 

 

Merry Everything!

Help someone look amazing online by popping these gifts in their stockings:

LinkedIn workbook $49

Online presence daily email program $99

Online profile coaching (2 sessions) $500

Gift certificates – $100 and $500. Get in touch for a different amount.

Favourite reads:

Happy Silly Season!

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Online Highfliers Issue 15

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“Safety” Meetings, B Corporations, Newsletter Tips & Politics ⛅ 🌏 💫 ⚡

Hi,

Welcome to the 15th edition of this email. Did you know you can read all past editions in the archive?

The subject this time round is, well, Safety Meetings (trust me, it’s fun).

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Which newsletters are you enjoying? I find a moment of peace with this one, feel the laughter bubbles coming before I read this one and love the quick fascination dose here.

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I met amazing people in the past fortnight who hand-balled me short films and new brands to check out. Enjoy the favourites here. Thrilling!

B Corporations and organisations trying for B Corp status are wonderful. Could you be a Benefits Corporation?

I really enjoyed this interview with Richard Betts (world-class hospitality expert and top sommelier) and loved hearing about his quick “Safety” Meeting in really intense times. It consisted of being mindful of the intensity… taking a moment… racing into the cool-room, throwing down a drink and coming out ready to take on the world. Fun name, quick result! Listen to the interview to get the full meaning. Keep it in mind for your next intense moment?

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Just in case politics is getting you down >> get a pep talk from the Kid President 😉

I’m here to help you look amazing online. Reply to this email with any queries or questions.

I wish you all a wonderful new week. If you enjoyed this email, let me know on Twitter @sambe11.

Fly high online,

~ Sam
RunwayDigital.com

PS. Make it happen. You can do it.

PPS. Inspiration and ideas ~

  • I really enjoyed Pandora then Rdio and more recently I tried Apple Music (inspired by my Apple Watch). This week I started using (free) Pandora again and it’s reminding me why I loved Rdio – when music that WOWs you plays with very little effort (not having to do too many thumbs up or down), life is enhanced. I’m currently listening to Zero 7 radio – great for writing a newsletter 🙂 What digital tunes / radio stations do you like?
  • Have you been to a Creative Mornings event? There’s possibly one near you. Last week Anna Ross had the audience in stitches explaining how she used fantasy in building her business Kester Black. Well worth looking out for the fascinating story via video of her talk here (check out the other talks here too).
  • If you’re in London this weekend, head on over to the Do Market. Oh yeah. Plan to stay a while!
  • I’m often blogging about new tech, how to gain clients online, how to enhance your online profile, LinkedIn tips and more here. Similar (though slightly tweaked for LinkedIn) is here.
  • The Golden Record still amazes me. You?
  • Thanks again for your replies and insights. This week as I researched the future of health and foods, I was reminded of Russell’s comments from the AgTech newsletter and that we could feed the increased population if we reduced consumerism as well as wasteful food industry practices (especially animal agriculture). Food for thought (dare I say this pun? yep.). Your comments are fascinating 🙂 Hit reply!
  • Last idea for now: Doctor Strange – great CGI. Worth a watch.

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Online Highfliers Issue 14

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Kevin Kelly’s Tech Forces, LinkedIn News, High Performance Tips & Sam’s Update 📡 😎 👌☺

Hi,

Welcome to the 14th edition of this email (over 6 months!). Did you know you can read all past editions in the archive?

This time round I’m providing a digest of the fascinating things I’m reading / spotting.  Here and there I will throw in one of these more personal emails where I share things I’m enjoying right now, and what’s on my mind. If you like this format, let me know by replying to this email.

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Let’s get into it.

I subscribe to Audible.com and get an audio book each month. Like podcasts, they’re a great way to be informed and now there’s no pile of books by my bed. Wahoo!

My recent favourite audiobooks are:

 Kevin Kelly’s “The Inevitable” – within 6 hours of listening you’ll be up to date with the 12 tech forces that are shaping our future. I found listening to this at 1.25 speed worked well and the 6 hours took me about 3 week in amongst listening to other media.

 Ryan Holiday’s “Ego is the Enemy” is exactly what you’d hope for.
 Bluetooth Headphones have come up a lot in my conversations in the past fortnight. Sounds like the new Jaybirds are even better. I’ve realised that I’m not in the market from Apple’s Airpods as the Jaybirds sit around my neck ready to be popped in my ear when I want to chat to Siri and don’t need to be put away (or lost/left behind on a cafe table!).
 I’ve upped my weekly average on podcasts and audiobook listening since writing this post about gaining extra hours of learning in February.

Don’t just take my word for it, try them for yourself. Get learning on-the-go!

Play Your Best (Work) Game.

I’ve collected the tips I’ve learnt from running The Do Lectures here in Australia. Here’s a sneak peak prior to them flying on Social Media:

Creating Incredible Experiences: Tips for the Vision Holder

How Do You Create A High Performing Team for Extraordinary Projects?

How Do You Create An Experience that Goes Beyond Delighting People?

Startup Tips for Creating (Seemingly Impossible) International Events

 

LinkedIn News

LinkedIn Learning‘s new short courses range from a few minutes to a couple of hours, you’ll pickup great tips and you can listen to many of them without needing to watch the video. I really enjoyed Guy Kawasaki’s simple and quick tips on Entrepreneurship.

 On the LinkedIn app, endorsements now include insights on the specialists who rate you in their skill. It takes time for people to endorse you so refresh your skills now – check they’re relevant, in a useful order and double check your settings are on for people to endorse you. Here’s how.

Still not sure where to start with LinkedIn? This very possibly will save you years.

We’re increasing the price of our coaching packages significantly next year so book this month before the price goes up:

Upgrade your LinkedIn Summary

Online Profile Review

Online Presence Coaching

I hope you enjoyed this email & as always, please DO let me know via Twitter if you have feedback, ideas to include, questions or just want to send a fist bump.

Have a fun week, flying high online,

~ Sam
RunwayDigital.com

PS. The podcasts I enjoy the most end up on my Podcast recommendations list right here.


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