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A busy person who struggles to come up with meal ideas. 


I want a skill that offers a variety of low calories recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to find options that suit my tastes and dietary needs quickly.

Meals that replenish my brainstorming mind and keep my neurons young, active, and regenerating fast.


I created this skill for Alexa with the intention of providing a fast and convenient way to prepare healthy meals that boost memory. As I observe the changes in cognitive function that often occur with age among the people around me, I find myself increasingly concerned about the food we consume, including the quality of the produce, vegetables, and fruits. Having an Alexa skill that assists us in preserving the brilliance of our brains until our later years brings me great joy and empowers me to make a positive impact on our cognitive well-being.

Creating the Persona

  1. Define my objective: I start by determining why I need a persona and what specific goals I want to achieve with it. I clarify what insights or understanding I hope to gain about my target audience. 

  2. Conduct research: I gather information about my target audience through market research, surveys, interviews, or existing data. I want to understand their demographics, behaviors, needs, preferences, goals, and challenges.

  3. Identify patterns and commonalities: I analyze the data I’ve collected and identify recurring themes or patterns. I look for similarities in age, gender, occupation, interests, and motivations among my target audience.

  4. Create fictional characters: Based on the patterns and insights I’ve discovered, I develop fictional characters that represent different segments of my target audience. I give each persona a name, age, occupation, and relevant background details. I include personal traits, goals, and pain points that reflect my research findings.

  5. Provide context and narrative: To make the personas more realistic, I add context and narrative to their profiles. I describe their daily lives, motivations, challenges, and decision-making processes. This helps me understand their needs and design solutions accordingly.

  6. Validate and iterate: I share the personas with stakeholders or even real users and gather feedback. I want to make sure the personas resonate with others and accurately represent my target audience. I revise and refine the personas based on the feedback I receive.

  7. Utilize personas: Once my personas are finalized, I integrate them into my decision-making processes. I use them to guide product development, marketing strategies, user experience design, and communication efforts. The personas help me empathize with my target audience and make informed decisions.

Personas are fictional representations based on real data. They are tools to help me understand and empathize with my target audience, but I should not mistake them for real individuals. I regularly update and refine my personas as I gather more insights and understand my audience better.

Persona: Maya Patel

Maya Patel’s Goals and Needs towards Food: To prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in old age, as her mother suffered from it.
Age: 27 Occupation: Marketing Manager Location: Chicago, IL Education: Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Marital Status: Single Personality Traits: Maya is an outgoing and confident person who loves meeting new people and trying new things. She is passionate about her work and takes pride in her ability to think creatively and strategically. Maya is also a natural leader and enjoys taking on new challenges and responsibilities. Hobbies/Interests: Maya loves to travel and explore new cultures. She is an avid foodie and enjoys trying new restaurants and cooking at home. Maya is also a fitness enthusiast and enjoys running, practicing yoga, and trying new workout classes.

Voice Flow

A voice flow refers to the design and structure of a conversation or interaction between a user and a voice-enabled device or application, such as a voice assistant or chatbot. It is the framework that outlines the sequence of prompts, responses, and actions that guide the user through the conversation.

In voice user interface (VUI) design, a voice flow is used to create a natural and intuitive conversation between the user and the voice-enabled system. It defines the different paths and decision points that the user can take and maps out the various responses and actions that the system can provide.

A voice flow typically includes the following elements:

Prompts, User Responses, System Actions, Branching, Decision Points, and Error Handling.

Voice Flow

Designing an effective voice flow requires understanding the user’s goals, expectations, and potential conversation scenarios. It aims to create a seamless and engaging user experience by providing clear and concise prompts, natural language understanding and processing, and appropriate responses based on user input.

Voice flow

Voice Script

Between a user and a voice-enabled system, such as a voice assistant or chatbot. It serves as a guide for creating a conversational experience by scripting the prompts, responses, and actions that occur during the interaction.

A voice script typically includes the following elements:

User Prompts, System Responses, User Responses,  System Action, Error Handling,  

Voice scripts serve as a foundation for designing and implementing voice experiences. They provide a structured approach to creating natural and engaging conversations, ensuring that the voice-enabled system communicates effectively with the user and meets their needs. Voice scripts can be used by designers, developers, and voice user interface (VUI) experts to align the conversational design and achieve the desired user experience.

Usability Test

A usability test is a method used to evaluate the usability and user experience of a product, service, or system. It involves observing and gathering feedback from representative users as they interact with the product, with the goal of identifying usability issues, understanding user behavior, and improving the overall user experience.

Here are the key steps involved in conducting a usability test:

Define objectives, identify target users, create test scenarios, prepare test materials, conduct the test,  feedback throughout the process, Observe and take notes on their interactions, Collect data, analyze results, report findings,  and Iterative improvement.

Testing Alexa Brilliant Diet Skill

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Creating a System Persona for Alexa or other devices

Creating a “System Persona for Alexa” or other devices involves designing a distinctive voice and personality that is consistent with the brand identity and target audience. A system persona should reflect the values and character of the brand, while also being engaging and relatable to users.

As we believe in the future integration of system personas with AI for Alexa and other devices, a well-designed system persona can be of great help in creating a more engaging and personalized experience for users. The system persona should convey personality traits and emotions, use a conversational tone, and sound natural and relatable.

During my “VUI Design” at the Career Foundry, I learned how to create Skills for Alexa Devices.

At the Amazon developer’s Web, you can immerse yourself in all the information:

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Prototype Persona for a Voice Design Interface

This was the initial prototype persona, then the persona changed, and the skill had to change as well, creating a “Brilliant Memory Diet”  for persons that are looking to enhance its memory and prevent Alzheimer’s.  System Persona for Alexa Device Amanda is a “System Persona” that I have created for an Alexa Skill. She will take care of and guide the “User Persona” in a Five-Minute Recipe. 

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