#045: A Peek Inside My Toolbox [Podcast]

In this episode, I give all of you a peek inside my toolbox. These are “tools” that I use virtually every day in my professional and personal life.

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I am often asked about my tools. I hope that this episode gives you some insights and ideas about tools you might use to help with your own workflow. The podcast is a little long, but I didn’t want to leave anything out.

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I want to look at my tools in six different areas: Hardware, Startup Software, Blogging, Writing, Speaking, and Podcasting

Hardware

Startup Software

Blogging

Writing

Speaking

Podcasting

Listener Questions

  1. Chris Jeub asked, “In addition to a toolbox, do you have a toy box? In other words, are there programs you are experimenting with that you are not quite ready to add to your toolbox”
  2. Christelle Donaldson asked, “How do you organize Evernote for blogging?”
  3. Derek Olsen asked, “Do you do any kind of split testing on your website?”
  4. Erick Rheam asked, “Have you tried other note-taking apps besides Moleskine, like PenUltimate?”
  5. Erik Fisher asked, “What do you do to make sure you spend enough time investigating an app without spending too much time?”
  6. Peder Aadahl asked, “How do you keep your personal and work tasks separate?”
  7. Rene Ferret asked, “What tools would you recommend to a beginning blogger who doesn’t have a lot of money to spend?”
  8. Robert Kennedy III asked, “Do you use Evernote Business or just Evernote Premium?”
  9. Spence Smith asked, “What do you use to write your posts offline and then post them afterwards?”

Special Announcements

  1. I have a number of speaking engagements in the next few weeks. If you are interested in having me speak to your organization or at your event, you can find out more on my speaking page. I have a list of my most requested speaking topics, some video clips of me speaking in front of a live audience, numerous endorsements, and, of course, a calendar of all my upcoming engagements.
  2. Platform University continues to thrive. This week we posted a new Member Makeover screencast evaluating Ryan Jenkins’ platform. Every month we post four new sessions. You can read about it and join here.
  3. My next podcast will be on the topic of “How to Get More Twitter Followers Legitimately.” I currently get 800–1,000 a week. If you have a question on this subject, please leave me a voicemail message. This is a terrific way to cross-promote YOUR blog or website, because I will link to it, just like I did with the callers in this episode.

Episode Resources

In this episode I mentioned several additional resources, including:

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  • http://twitter.com/thomastonkin Thomas Tonkin

    Mr. Hyatt, i sincerely appreciate your willingness to share your experiences with others. In a short period of time, I have learned (and implemented) many of your suggestions. Very prescriptive helps in the personal vetting process as to what works. In turn, may I suggest the use of Dragon Dictate (by Nuance, http://www.nuance.com/dragon/index.htm) for replacing a lot of typing. I’m sure you have heard of it, however, I did not see it on your list and it would be on my top 3 software titles. I would be interested on your perspective. I find it to be all that it proclaims to be and more. Thank you for your consideration.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks. The only reason I don’t use Dragon Dictate is because the Mac OS has dictation built in. It is surprisingly accurate. Thanks.

  • Henry Cooper

    Also another tools I still use time to time I was referred too from a few friends or acquaintances of mine, WeTransfer (www.wetransfer.com)