Encore Episode: A Peek Inside My Toolbox [Podcast]

I am on sabbatical for the next few weeks. While I am gone, I am running a series of “Encore Episodes.” These are my most popular podcasts ever, as measured by number of downloads. Enjoy!

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

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

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Startup Software





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. If you are considering launching your own platform—or just getting serious about it—you need to start with a self-hosted WordPress blog.

    This is not as complicated as it sounds. In fact, I have put together a step-by-step screencast on exactly how to do it. You don’t need any technical knowledge. I walk you through the entire process in exactly 20 minutes.

  2. The Launch Conference for this fall is filling up fast. In case you don’t know, this is the conference for professional speakers or those who want to be. It’s all about the business of public speaking.

    Specifically, we teach you a powerful, four-part framework designed to help you:

    • Discover your assets.
    • Design your products.
    • Develop your market.
    • Determine your value.

    This is the conference that launched me into my professional speaking career. We will be holding the conference on September 16–19, 2013 in beautiful Vail, Colorado.

    This is one conference that will pay for itself almost immediately. I paid for mine in the first month after I attended.

Episode Resources

In this episode I mentioned several additional resources, including:

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Question: What tools have I missed? What Are you using that you think I should try?

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