Introduction to Extras
As I’ve forged ahead, a few extra items of interest to slots enthusiasts haven’t make their way out into the world. Why? Because these important tidbits didn’t quite fit into my content.
But I’ve been collecting them for their own article. Now is the time to share them.
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Alexa Skill as a Podcast Destination
The first extra is a podcast technical innovation, an Alexa Skill, for which I was able to jump on the bandwagon as part of the first group of podcasters to do so. It’s doesn’t take much to be a podcaster. All you really need is a microphone, a computer, a $5 per month host account, and something to talk about.
I want to be able to say, “Listen to Professor Slots wherever podcasts are available.” I don’t want to have to say, “Listen to Professor Slots at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, SoundCloud, RSS, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Downcast, iCatcher, Pod Wrangler, Podbean, and more.”
In other words, there is background work going on to make my Professor Slots podcast available to as many podcast destinations as possible. This early decision led me to choose a podcast host with a thorough yet actively growing list of podcast destinations.
This research for a podcast host resulted in my choosing Liberated Syndications (Libsyn). I won’t get into all aspects of how diligent they are. But, because of that diligence, I now have an Alexa Skill. Getting into the first group of podcasters to get a Alexa Skill required a relatively easy commitment: I had to promise my podcast host to tell you when I got it.
So, let me tell you about Alexa and my Alexa Skill. Alexa is Amazon’s voice service connected to the Echo family of devices, like Echo Show and Echo Spot. Alexa provides capabilities, or Skills, that enable customers to create a more personalized experience.
Essentially, Libsyn has set up a service with Amazon so that podcasts which Libsyn hosts can, if the podcaster requests it, receive their very own Alexa Skill. This is something Libsyn has been in development with Amazon for several years.
Each month, Libsyn submits a small group of interested podcasters to Amazon to get their Alexa Skill. I applied as soon as it was announced and was added to the first regular group of podcasters, right after the alpha- and beta-testers.
Perhaps you’d be interested in using Alexa to listen to the Professor Slots podcast show. Note that you do need, naturally enough, an Alexa device to do so. Also keep in mind that Amazon has plans to eventually put the Alexa device into cars. The future is coming, my friends, and her name is Alexa.
So, if you have an Alexa device, and wish to add Professor Slots, there are several easy ways to do so. You can go to your online Amazon account, select Alexa Skills from the search menu, then type in Professor Slots into the search menu. Or, simply visit Professor Slots Alexa Skills directly.
Either way, you’ll be taken to the same Amazon page for the Professor Slots Alexa Skill. From there, just click the Enable Professor Slots button. You may need to sign into your Amazon account first.
Another way to enable the Professor Slots skill on Alexa is to simply say, “Alexa, enable Professor Slots.”
Here are a few quick tips when navigating the Professor Slots podcast skill. First thing to note, when opening the Skill, you’ll be offered the latest episode, but if that’s not what you’re looking for, you can always find something more specific.
This skill allows you to skip forward and backward by entire episodes, and you can also fast forward and rewind within episodes themselves. In addition, you can ask the skill to play the newest or oldest episodes released; or if you want to get specific, play a specific episode by saying the episode number.
If you happen to have an Alexa device, try some of these commands:
- Skip Entire Episodes
- [While Episode Is Playing] = “Alexa skip” or “Alexa tell Professor Slots to skip ahead 5 episodes”
- Fast Forward/Back Within Episode
- [While Episode Is Playing] = “Alexa, tell Professor Slots to fast forward 2 minutes”
- [While Episode Is Playing] = “Alexa, tell Professor Slots to rewind 45 seconds”
- Select Newest Episode
- “Alexa, tell Professor Slots to play the newest episode”
Branded Merchandise or “Merch”
The second extra is about growing our community of slots enthusiasts. We both benefit from a larger community. I’m doing everything I can, as fast as I can, to do so.
But there’s this other thing out there. Perhaps you have heard of it. It’s not virtual reality but rather the real world. You and I, we should meet. And you and you and you over there should meet.
This is not altogether unreasonable. A lot of podcast audiences will never meet, except for special once a year events where one of them travels to the other. But, that’s not us. We, this community of slots enthusiasts including myself, we visit casinos.
It is possible that you might recognize me at a casino from a photograph I’ve shared. But, I won’t recognize you to be able to simple say hello. How could I? But that’s the exact right question. How can I recognize you? How can you recognize each other? It’s simple: buy some Professor Slots ‘merch”.
Merch is what all the cool kids call merchandise these days. That’s right: Professor Slots has branded merchandise. Don’t you think wearing a shirt having “Professor Slots” will help you spot one another, if you happen to pass by each other in a casino? I think you will.
If you are interested, here’s my Professor Slots merchandise. It is my online store, where you’ll find many sizes and colors of men’s and women’s shirts and hoodies with the Professor Slots logo.
I get an abysmally small amount for each shirt sold. The costs you see at my online store are partly due to their providing quality clothing. I also have mugs, stickers, and a few other items, if you are interested.
Learning to Win Book Format Versions
The third extra is something I don’t mention enough. I have a 200+ page, self-published book available. Learning to Win: How to Make a Profit at Slot Machine Gambling is on Amazon as a Kindle e-book, softcover, hardcover, and audio book.
If you’d like it for free, this book in pdf version is also provided as a bonus after purchasing my online course, 30 Days to Play Slots Smarter and Win.
Email Updates for Slots Enthusiasts
The fourth extra is my best attempt to grow my audience. To do that, I ask for your email address and work hard to provide value in return through slots enthusiast resources, recommendations, special offers, and more. Here’s where to sign up:
After getting an immediate and unique resource for slots enthusiasts, you’ll be added to my email list. With it, you’ll get the occasional email on topics and further resources you should know and think about as a slots enthusiast. You can unsubscribe at any time.
The fifth extra is another way to reach out to me. Call my voicemail hotline at 702-90-SLOTS (702-907-5687) and ask your slots question or tell me about your slots experience.
I look forward to hearing your slots questions and stories! This phone number will also be available at the bottom of every page on my Professor Slots website.
Ask: Professor Slots Office Hours!
The sixth extra was a suggestion made by a fan, a professor of geology. As a fellow professor, I appreciated it. Why don’t I make office hours available? If you’d like to have a quick chat, choose an available time slot for a short conversation to ask your question at 15-Minute Chat. These chats are free but please sign up for just one so everyone has a chance.
Also be aware these short chats are not nearly as valuable to you as a paid consultation with its pre-work, hour-long meeting, and resultant action plan.
Summary of Six Extras: Alexa Skill, Merch, Books, Emails, Hotline, Ask!
I’ve offered a few items of interest to slots enthusiasts which, altogether, will make your slots journey easier.
Enjoy my extras!
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