Online Highfliers Issue 4

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Chatting to Google is fun!

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your Digital Captain speaking!

I hope you’re having a great week.

Today as your online guide I’m here to encourage you to start using your voice to search on Google. It will quite possibly save you time and have you enjoy what you’re doing more. Oh yeah!

It’s simple! On the Google homepage, on the right in the search rectangle, there is a microphone symbol. Hover over and click it and say what you want to search for.

Chatting to Google is fun

Have a go now. What did Google find for you?!

The amazing surprise for me is that my computer microphone picked up my normal volume and also that both the phone and the computer cleverly understood my question and find me a relevant answer. (Australian accent and all!)

Next up is how to do quick mapping navigation via your iPhone (apologies to Android users!).

Hold the bottom button in for 2 seconds and say “Direct me to …” and say the address or landmark you seek. “Direct me to” starts navigation straight away so you’re on your way!  You’ll be using Apple Maps.

I prefer the accuracy of Google Maps. If this is the case for you, hold down the bottom bottom button for 2 seconds, let go and say “Open Google Maps” then press the microphone on the top right and say “Direct me to …” and say the address or landmark you seek.

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Leave out “direct me to” if you prefer to see the address or location.

Chatting to Google is fun!

It is so helpful to create text from spoken thoughts.

To quickly get your thoughts on paper, use the same microphone to the left of a new Google Document.

If any of this sounds like jargon, hit reply and ask for help.

Chatting to Google is fun

It’s so wonderful that voice to text is so powerful. Give it a go and see if it saves you time!

Remember you can use voice for quick calling (here are our tips). I’ve started using it for adding a new todo to in my iPhone app by clicking the microphone icon to the left of the keyboard spacebar.

If you’ve read to here and you’re interested though haven’t yet tried the ideas, check out BJ Fogg’s Tiny Habits email course.

I tried it last week and it was fun and fascinating to learn how to change a habit, create new habits, and celebrate more (in fun ways). It’s simplicity is very clever. It’s 5 days of:

  • a quick setup
  • an encouraging email at the start of the day and
  • another ‘how’d you go’ email at the end of the day with tips and quick learning.

It’s nearly the end of the financial year here in Australia. If you’ve monies to spend, improve your online presence!

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I’m here to see you fly high online!

~ Sam

P.S. Breathe easy by seeing where you’re at with your online profile. Here’s your exclusive, sneak peak of our new guide on the stages of STANDING out online. Also our free Linkedin cheatsheets to polish your profile. Oh! The Goodies! Have a wonderful week.

Automate Happy Birthday messages on Facebook

After years of using scheduled Birthday reminders and todos for sending messages and physical Birthday cards, I looked online for a service to simplify. I was also keen to increase the likelihood of messages and Birthday cards arriving on the right date. This great app helps you automate Happy Birthday messages on Facebook.

It’s quick and simple to sign up and then you can get into the joy of tailoring messages to friends with an upcoming birthday. The app lists friends in order of the next Birthday coming up.

Automate Happy Birthday messages on Facebook

If their Birthday is today, you can send a message or schedule posts. The post is added to your Facebook wall on the date and includes a tag of the person who’s Birthday it is.

I’ve scheduled posts for the next month of friends’ birthdays – good fun!

Turning on this app was a test. I wasn’t overly comfortable posting on my wall so all of my friends could see a post that may not be of interest.

The delightful surprise from this experiment is that mutual friends have seen and liked the post (and added their Happy Birthday messages). I love an experiment that works!

Automate Happy Birthday messages on Facebook

Acknowledge Facebook friends’ Birthdays easily. Never forget a Birthday. Feel the joy of seeing someone delight in your message!

I’m still on the hunt for a service that will automatically send Birthday cards. If you know of one, let me know!

Keen to see you fly high online and in life,


Written: Melbourne’s CBD, 25 May, 2016.

P.S. For other productivity hacks, check out our upcoming guide “The Standout Professional’s Productivity Hacks”.

Best Blogposts for Top Performance ~ Online Highfliers Issue 2

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Best Podcasts for Top Performance

Best Podcasts for Top Performance

Hi Online Pilot,

I hope this reaches you grinning!

I’ve been sending the list below to friends and thought you’d like it too. It has my favourite interviews with top performers in sports, tech, business, mindfulness, health and more.

My HOT TIP before you listen is to purchase a set of bluetooth in-ear headphones.

I really had no idea headphones would improve life so much. The Jaybird X2 pair I bought in February have taken me from rarely listening to a podcast to 3+ a week.

I’ve learnt from top performers in the world while I’ve been at the gym, driving, doing chores, on public transport, walking to the market,… They optimise in-between times.

They also sit comfortably around my neck when I’m not using them as there is no cord to the phone.

I press play more often (even if it’s a few minutes) and it doesn’t matter if my phone is close or in another room.

I’m excited about headphones!

Knowing you’re interested in top performance, future trends, and/or new technology, I imagine you’ll highly enjoy these Tim Ferriss interviews. Tim is the author of the Four Hour Work Week book which is really useful for a productive and globally-aware mindset.

Either access these podcasts via searching for Tim Ferriss in the Podcasts app on your smartphone or head here. I download a few at a time to my phone so that I can listen whether I’m connected to the internet or not.

These are my favourite podcast interviews in suggested listening order:

Bryan Johnson
Naval Ravikant
Joshua Waitzkin (all episodes)
Tara Brach
Caroline Paul
Maria Popova
Charles Poliquin
…check the longer list here.

Listen to at least one in the next week and reply to this email and let me know what was useful. I’ll be fascinated.

Do share the love by forwarding this email as your friends might enjoy these podcasts too.

We’re receiving truly fascinating comments from entrants to our competition – thankyou. If you’ve not yet entered, please do here as it is closing soon and we’d love to see you look amazing online. You could win 2 coaching sessions and support in between (valued at $1,500).

Have fun!

~ Sam

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P.S. The Jaybird X headphones have a known power issue – they sometimes don’t turn on with full charge. I’ve experienced this only a couple of times though not often enough to be concerned. The buds are a bit big for my ears too though they work fine with the smallest earbud covers. The battery life is fantastic! I can use them for a day – which is about 4 or more hours of on and off use. Jaybird also have the Freedom pair coming out soon. I highly recommend purchasing some sort of bluetooth in-ear headphones now – there’s learning to be had!

P.P.S. These headphones save time too. Try out handsfree calling: press and hold the bottom button on your iPhone for a moment, let go then say “Call Tess” and hey presto the phone is ringing for Tess. So easy! For reminders, press and hold the bottom button then say “remind me tomorrow at 9 to call Geoff”… and at 9am tomorrow you’ll be reminded and given the option to call too! Try it out a few times and you’ll get the hang of it. Enjoy!