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Why There Is More To Wendy Williams Than ‘Talk-Show Wendy’

We are living in an age of instant gratification where even businesses are guilty of concentrating on the sprint rather than the marathon. We also convince ourselves that successful people are lucky or born with an exceptional talent. But dismissing someone’s work ethic as luck is quite possibly the biggest insult there is.

In a world of shortcuts, the harsh reality is that there is no secret sauce to cook up a dish of success. As for all those online courses and eBooks that promise to help you get rich quick, the inconvenient truth is that it’s only the author that is going to make money fast.

The truth that nobody wants to hear is that the only path to greatness requires hard work and dedication. The countless hours that it takes to master a skill and the sacrifices along the way that it takes to make it possible. Or as my teenage son tell me, it’s all about the grind.

However, the story of how individuals are investing 10,000 hours to master a skill rather than binge-watching TV shows on Netflix is one that is seldom told. For example, Wendy Williams is best known for her long-running daytime Emmy-nominated talk show, “The Wendy Williams Show.”

However, there is no such thing as overnight success. When running on the comparison treadmill, many choose to conveniently forget about how Williams built a fan base throughout a 23-year career in radio.

Rather than comparing herself to others in the industry, she decided to use her unique and authentic voice to build her brand. An audience of over 12 million people allowed her to become one of the most popular personalities in radio.

Wendy was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in November of 2009 and became one of only a handful of women to achieve the honor. The nurturing of relationships with an audience builds a trust that should never be taken for granted.

A part of what I love about my show is the connection I have with my audience and fans, whether it be in the studio, or while they’re watching at home. – Wendy Williams

Refreshingly, despite enjoying phenomenal success with an Emmy-nominated daily talk show, she is keen to show the world that there is much more to her than talk-show Wendy. Although from the outside people might see an actress, comedian, entrepreneur, designer, or New York Times best-selling author, Wendy Williams is much more comfortable being seen as a mother and a businesswoman. (more…)

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How to Listen to Podcasts on the Amazon Echo

So you treated yourself to an Amazon Echo or Dot. After checking the weather, news, traffic updates, sports headlines, and the numerous easter eggs to amuse your friends, most of you reading this will quickly want to make practical use of the new digital assistant sitting patiently in your home.

The beauty of podcasts is you can listen and learn about subjects you are curious about in almost any location. But did you know you can ask Alexa to play your favorite show with one voice request?

Amazon has partnered with the free podcast and internet radio service provider TuneIn which features over 100,000 radio stations and 5.7 million podcasts. The best part about this function is you don’t need to worry about an account signup, login, or any configuration to add the ability to your Amazon Echo.

Thankfully, you are free to request any of these by simply asking Alexa. For example, to listen to my show, you would simply say:
“Alexa, play the Tech Blog Writer Podcast.” And it will play the latest episode of my show.

How to Listen to Podcasts on the Amazon Echo

How to Listen to Podcasts on the Amazon Echo

Assuming you know the name of your favorite radio station or podcast, all you need to do is ask Alexa, and you can carry on doing your chores or cooking a nice meal while listening to your favorite show.

How Do I Skip An Episode Of A Podcast On Amazon Echo?

The only downside of listening to podcast episodes on Amazon Echo is that it will automatically play the most recent episode. If you are a few shows behind then you can merely say “Skip” or “Next” to go to the next episode.

Unfortunately, you can’t use an episode’s name to locate a particular episode at the moment. Here is a list of the commands that you can use while an episode is currently playing on your Amazon Echo:

  • “Back” to go to the previous episode
  • “Pause”
  • “Continue”
  • “Stop”

However, there’s no way to skip forwards or backwards within an episode which can be frustrating when listening to a show littered with sponsored ads.

That’s all you need to start listening to podcasts or radio stations from all over the world on an Amazon Echo or Dot device in the comfort of your home. It can be quite handy when you have your handsful to say “Alexa Play the…” and has enabled me to catch up with the growing number of podcasts that I love.

I would love to hear how you are getting on with using voice control to listen to podcasts. What shows do you like? Do you find the feature useful? And do you have any additional tips?

Let me know your thoughts by commenting below or tweet me @neilchughes.