Winning Newsletters, Inspiring People, and Clever Tech ~ Online Highfliers Issue 36

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Hi,

Welcome to the 36th edition of this email. Did you know you can read past editions right here?

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Winning Newsletters

While enjoying the Wilsons’ newsletters (Fred and Joanne), I’ve ‘gotten’ a bit more of why they’ve written regularly for so long.

The thing is, you can start a newsletter for business development, marketing, self expression and other reasons and my recent experience is there’s more to this regular activity.

Here’s an update on what I’ve noticed:

  • Each fortnight I’ve the opportunity to get onto ‘paper’ what’s currently on my mind that’d be useful to others.
  • As more peers, colleagues, people in my network, friends and family show interest in new business and life opportunities (such as blockchain tech and cryptocurrencies), I can easily forward previous emails knowing they include easy to pick up introductory links after I’ve distilled much reading.
  • I’ve a timeline of my interests since I started writing. I like this.
  • It’s fun to engage. People send fascinating and lovely replies.
  • My writing and choice of subjects has (naturally) refined as have my systems (for example, collating links throughout the fortnight in one place) and use of tech such as Mailchimp’s new editing feature on their smartphone app.
  • Having written each fortnight for a year and a half, I’ve a fun sense of achievement and I’m a bit in awe!
  • I’ve published previous emails on LinkedIn and gain comments there. My Linked profile (online resume / CV) shows more of my expertise, interests and style. Opportunities have come from this and possibly I appear in more (relevant) LinkedIn searches.

It’s a great use of time. Maybe you will try it?

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Marketing via cryptocurrencies.

“Burger King launched its own cryptocurrency known as – what else? – WhopperCoin. The new currency was launched as part of a rewards program for the company’s customers in Russia. With each purchase of a Whopper customers will receive a WhopperCoin token in a digital wallet. …WhopperCoin owners can either use them to purchase products at Burger King or trade or sell them to other interested parties.”

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Favourite reads & listens

  • So clever! (thanks Ross)
  • Just in case you haven’t yet watched this. #privilege #equality #pursuePurpose #BigVisions #JustTry
  • Because markets are inspiring.
  • The scale of Internet of Things (IoT) and some of the many players.
  • This wonderful Tiny House ~

Great online presence

  • Experience design a la LJ Darveau.
  • Share YOU.“The boys. No exaggeration to say these two fine gentlemen — @enriqueallen and @henretig — changed my life, made me a much better human. We…”
  • The extended list is here and here.

We’ve had incredible snowstormshere in Victoria. Huge snowflakes have amazed me on the chairlift and have filled in my tracks so that each new run is a fresh adventure.

Warmer Spring days are coming soon. What’s happening there?

Hoping you’re enjoying today,

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

 

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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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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

P.S. Another New Year’s tip is to unsubscribe from newsletters that are no longer WOWing you or those that sit in your inbox that never get read. Be ruthless and feel lighter from it! If you’re on gmail unrollme lists all your subscriptions and unsubscribes at the click of a button (I’ve just used it).

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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
RunwayDigital.com

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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