Monthly Archives: July 2018

The Path to Success is Paved by Investing in Others

As a leader in your industry,  it’s likely that you have run across the term emotional intelligence, which is chiefly about the ability to recognize, understand and manage our own emotions and to recognize, understand and influence the emotions of others.

To truly be transformative one has to go beyond grasping and dealing with emotions. By choosing how you are being means putting the past in the past where it belongs and not letting it create your future for you. If you choose how you are being and have integrity top to bottom, nothing will stop, defeat or discourage you.

I was inspired by a recent blog by Bram Krommenhoek on Medium titled, The Sure Fire Way to Startup Success, but this can apply to you no matter if you are a CEO for a startup or a multi-national corporation.

In it, he talks about what negative people will do to you and what successful entrepreneurs do — the exact opposite. They:

  • Elevate others’ value,
  • Help build others’ image,
  • Create value for others,
  • Accelerate others’ dreams,
  • Praise others’ imagination,
  • Boost others’ abilities and
  • Are curious for your opinions.

Krommenhoek includes a brilliant video ad done by Apple in 1997 that talks about the “crazy ones” who push the human race forward and change the world. What you invest in others, has a direct impact not only on their lives but on the ways you build a business that stands the test of time.

Alexa In-Skill Purchasing is Here Now

Today I participated in a Twitch webinar conducted by the Amazon Alexa developer team. I got some news there I want to share with you. In a flash briefing series on my daily Alexa flash briefing, B2B Media Executive Insights,  I talked about the incredible opportunity for B2B media and information companies in Voice First. If you have asked, “how do I make money for my company with Voice First?” then ask no longer.

You can now make money directly by working in-skill purchasing into your custom Alexa skill.

You can do this in two ways:  First, you can do this for one-time purchases. This is your product purchase; a piece of content, a report, an ebook, anything you want to charge for.  Second, and get this. Charge for subscription.  Yes, you can subscribe people to your service with Voice First.

This is only the beginning.  There is a lot of discovery that is going into this. But one thing is certain. The time is now for your B2B media and information company to get into Voice First.

For more information go to Amazon Alexa In-Skill Purchasing

And check out Make Money with Amazon Pay for Alexa Skills (Now Generally Available)

If you have questions, feel free to ask me here, and if there is a way to help you get started with Voice First, let me know.