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Sarah Staar IM Newsletter – The Dyslexic Hacker

OMG, imagine the best rollercoaster ride combined with your favourite video game, you’re still not even close to the feeling of flying a helicopter…

Two weeks ago I was sitting in the pilot seat flying a helicopter for the first time.

What an amazing feeling!! I was flying along the sandy beaches of the south coast of England, what an amazing view!!

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I’ve always been told that flying helicopters is a very difficult thing to do, however I didn’t find it that hard!

After about 30 minutes or so I started to get the hang of it.

 

 

 

 

Click here to watch a video of my helicopter lesson 🙂

The airport I took off from, Goodwood,  is only about a 15 minute drive from where I live so I think I’m definitely gonna do some more lessons, it’s just too much fun!!

I’m not sure whether I will go for my pilots licence since there’s around nine written exams involved. At the moment it’s just kind of a fun thing to do.

I don’t think I am going to buy or share a helicopter, for a start they only last about 10 years then you effectively have to have them re-built.

The other thing is that, just like cars, technology is moving so fast that helicopters will possibly become an old technology within 10 years.

 

Lithium-jetThe Lilium jet is a good example of how technology, and especially battery technology, is accelerating the pace of change in many industries

The Lilium jet is going to be completely autonomous so there is no need for a pilot’s licence – seriously cool stuff. I have put my name on the waiting list.

 

https://lilium.com

Reading kindle books in the car

 One of the things I love to do on long journeys  is to read books in the car, This is easy to do as my car has autopilot, just kidding…

The way I read books in the car is by using an app on my phone called Audible these are books read by actors, audiobooks.

There are around  250,000 books available in the library, so most books are available.

However, every now and again there is an Internet marketing Kindle book that’s not available in Audible, so how do I read these in the car?

It’s kind of a hack  but then I like that kind of thing, so this is how I do it.

I use my Amazon Alexa to read my Kindle book.

I hook up an audio cable from my Alexa  to my Phone.

I then set Alexa off reading my Kindle book, and hit record on the audio recorder app on my phone.

I usually do this at night since some books can be up to 10 hours long.

In the morning  I’ve got the full audiobook ready as an MP3 audio file.

I then use a really cool app called Listen Audiobook Player this makes it convenient to play the audiobook files faster than real-time, 1.5 times normal speed, similar to what audible does.

Just another useful hack from a dyslexic person.

I think I need to put together a little e-book, I could call it “The dyslexic hacker” what you think?

New logo from Fiverr

 I’ve been in business since 2008 and I think I’ve done pretty well as an Internet marketer.

Personally I’m not really seen much use for things like logos, pretty business cards, or slick -looking websites.

I’m more interested in getting things good enough to make money.

However my business now has got the kind of size where I think I need at least a logo!! (And a registered trade mark)

Three weeks ago I went to fiverr.com, and did a search on the keyword “logos”.

This brought up a long list of people who could create logos for five dollars!

I sorted the results so the people with best feedback would be at the top.

I paid little bit extra to get the job done quickly, $30 actually.

After two or three revisions  I got a logo that everyone is happy with and has the right “values” in it.

 

Let me know what you think – reply to this email.

Must see TV shows

The Keepers (Netflix)
TheKeepers

A seven-part documentary about the decades-old murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik and its suspected link to a priest Paedophilia ring.

I found this a gripping documentary series and had to watch the entire seven hours worth in one day!! Definitely worth watching.

 

 

 

All the best,

 

Sarah Staar

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Sarah Staar IM Newsletter – Absolutely gob smacked

At 10pm on Wednesday I saw a post on Facebook advertising an Internet marketing meet up in Glasgow.  One of the things I love to do in life is make snap decisions. Personally I don’t see the point in thinking about something for days or weeks. I prefer to just get on with it and take massive action.
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OK so I thought about it (for all of about 10 seconds !!) and then decided to set off the next morning for the first major road trip in my new Tesla electric car.

 

 

 

 

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It was funny when I walked into the showroom last week to collect my new car, there was a big sheet over the car and a sign next to the car which said Sarah Staar’s Tesla.

 

 

 

 

 

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The staff in the showroom gathered round and said 123 then pulled off the sheet to reveal the car.. Pretty cool hey…

 

 

 

 

 

If you’d like to see a video of the reveal it’s on my Facebook profile page.

The thing I love about Internet marketing is the freedom it gives you to do stuff when you want and how you want.

So I set off on Thursday morning and drove to my first stop, which was Bristol, (yes I know it’s not exactly en route !) to meet up with my good friend Deborah and chat about a project she is working on for me.

Now I got this Tesla just in time to take advantage of their free supercharger network.

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So I charged the car up in Bristol at a supercharger point and was absolutely gob smacked at seeing a Volvo plugged into one of the Tesla chargers !!

 

What ???

This is like someone stealing your petrol at a service station….

I hope the person that owns AE17 TEY has a good reason for using a Tesla supercharger.

A second Tesla owner pulled up and we proceeded to have a conversation about this,  we were both rather puzzled…..

It’s quite funny really, I guess I’ve joined the Unofficial Tesla Club…  whenever I charge my car and there’s another Tesla owner at the charging station we seem to strike up a conversation…  great fun.

Glasgow is a bit of a hike up the road from Bristol, normally I wouldn’t even consider going that distance in a car – just too tiring.

But I paid for the autopilot feature in my Tesla and I’ve been testing it out on this trip, and yes the car actually steers itself!!!  kind of self driving…  I have to say it makes long trips much more bearable and actually quite fun.

And it’s very safe by the way..

The great thing is since the car is driving itself it’s giving me the time to catch up on reading some books…

Don’t worry I’m not actually physically reading them with my hands nowhere near the steering wheel !!

I’m using Audible, which is a service which reads books out to you.

This is an absolutely brilliant app to use if do any kind of long distance travelling.

This means driving a car is no-longer wasted downtime, we are now able to timeshift.

 So what books have I been reading on this trip ?

The Innovators

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How a group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks created the digital Revolution.
This is a very interesting book and tells the story about how our world of Digital Tech came about.

I’ve only read about a quarter of the book so far, covering the development of the computer and the transistor. The lessons I’ve learnt so far from this book are :

– don’t try to do everything yourself,  surround yourself with experts and motivate those experts to do brilliant work for you.

– also don’t get stuck in your own ways of doing things,  be prepared to admit that you’re wrong and be prepared to change how you do things.

 

 

Anyone Can Do It – my story by Duncan Bannatyne

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I just started reading this book this morning,  but so far I’ve learnt :

– you don’t need to be first to the market with an idea,  you just need to do it better than anybody else.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gotta go now as the  networking event is about to start,

 

Sarah Staar

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Sarah Staar IM Newsletter – How Things Change

While I was doing some research for the Video Hacker Pro product I dug up lots of stuff about video.

 The most interesting was that more than 50% of video watched is on mobile devices, mainly smartphones.

And while a lot of it is short clips (under 10 minutes) more than half is videos of 30 minutes or longer.

And the reason why people are doing this is time-shifting.

If you are on a tube, bus, train, or just standing in a Starbucks queue, what is easier than just taking your headphones out and catching up on something ?

I know I download videos to my phone, either episodes from series, films, or instructional videos, and I watch them whenever I am in a waiting room – latterly when hanging around at an airport !!

 

Which has got me thinking….

 

How many of you are reading this Newsletter on your smartphone ?

How many of you are watching my videos on your smartphone ?

As you know, smartphones are becoming more and more common, for a lot of people it’s their main computer!!

smartphoneWhich probably explains why a few of you have emailed me and asked if I could create a Sarah Staar App.

No problem, this is something I’ve decided to put on the top of my to-do list.

But I need your help on this.

I don’t know what you guys might want to see in a Sarah Staar App ?

And what you would want to use it for ?

 

 

 

 

Some things that I think you might want are:

Easy access to my latest newsletters

Access to my newsletter archive

Weekly free Internet marketing videos

Audio Pod casts from Sarah Staar

Assume that the App will be free by the way…

So I can use your help!

I need to find out how many people would be interested in my new app…. So if this is something that interests you simply reply to this email, and insert the single word YES.

I will then get back to you and we can have a more focussed discussion about what you want to use it for and what you want it do !!

In preparation

I’m starting to get super excited as next week I get my new Tesla model S!

Now it doesn’t make much sense to get the car without having thought how you are going to charge it at home.

 

electricpointinstallSo in preparation I had a car charger installed in my driveway this morning!!

The guy that installed it said to me  “Sarah you now have a petrol station in your front garden”, which I thought was quite funny.

I opted to go for a Rolec home charging unit because of the modular design.

In this design the charger is made up of standard components which are available in pretty much any electrical wholesaler.

 

Most charges are sealed units and if something goes wrong when the warranty runs out you need to buy new charger!

 

Now, the great thing about having this charger installed was the government paid 75% of the installation cost!!

Which is great, but the application form for the government grant was a) very long and b) clearly hadn’t gone through the “Simple English” process !!

So it was a team effort with Dave and I filling the form out (on an

chargingpointIpad if you will)

This enabled me to get the 75% discount on the installation!!

Pretty cool considering that I also got a £5,000 grant from the government towards my new Tesla model S, and I don’t have to pay any road tax.

As a “by the way” I have also changed electricity supplier to Ecotricity, the main benefit being that I get to use a bunch of medium amperage chargers for free, and these chargers are scattered around the UK at more than 300 points.

 

 

 

 

How things change

When I first started marketing online I didn’t use Facebook, in fact I got all my information from Internet marketing forums, such as the Warrior Forum.

A couple of years ago the Warrior Forum was sold to “UpWork”  and, in my humble opinion, things started to go downhill.

Yesterday I logged onto the Warrior Forum, for the first time in six months and I was horrified.

The forum is now full of advertising, and they seem to have also removed forum signatures!!

It’s a real shame because the Warrior Forum used to be really good place to discover new marketing tactics.

Now it just seems to be full of junk.

Facebook groups seem to have taken over BUT I find Facebook Internet marketing groups a bit chaotic. It’s very difficult to find information, for instance with a forum you can do a simple keyword search for a topic and find all the forum threads to do with that subject.

You can’t really do this with Facebook.

I’m now in the process of looking for a new Internet marketing forum to join, or should I create my own??

Free Tools

Audio book app

Listen Audiobook Player

 

One of the things I love to do is listen to audiobooks, especially in the car. The service, or rather the app, which I use for this is called audible. It’s an Amazon service, which means you can buy audio books on Amazon and they are downloaded to the app on your phone.

The great thing is you can listen to the audio books at twice normal speed. Other cool features include things like, if you only listen to an hour of the audiobook, you can come back tomorrow, next week, or next year, and the App will remember where you last left off from.

For a long time now I’ve been looking for an app that would do a similar job except with downloaded MP3 audio files.

You see I’ve got loads of audio interviews, seminar recordings etc that I’d love to listen to in the car but it’s a bit impractical using the audio player that’s built into my phone.

Last week I discovered a brilliant new app called “listen audiobook player”. It costs about two dollars but is definitely worth the investment.

It seems to do all the things that audible does but with downloadable audio files, definitely well worth a look if you’ve got loads of audio files on your PC you’d love to listen to on your phone.

Must go now because I’ve just realised I spilt a small drop of coffee on my white sweater!!! I’d better run down to the washing machine!!

 

Talk soon,

 

Sarah Staar

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