My Faves

My favorite tools and resources.

How do I find out about new resources and tools? Mostly from others online generously sharing their favorites. So this page is dedicated to sharing my favorites. You can also visit my Feature Friday tag archive to find additional resources.

Latest update: November 4, 2016

Books

Blogs

  • Skip Prichard. Skip is an experienced leader and speaker with a track record of success. His blog is full of valuable articles that he has written as well as by numerous guest writers (Including me!).  He is another leader with a people-first, leader-as-servant philosophy.
  • Michael Hyatt – His tagline is “Win at work. Succeed at Life.” His blog is full of great ideas and tips for leaders. A former CEO, he now makes his living teaching and coaching others on how to build their platform.
  • Leadership Freak. Dan Rockwell has a way of, as his tagline says, “empowering leaders 300 words at a time.” He has a people-first, leader-as-servant philosophy that I greatly appreciate. If you are responsible for leading a team of people you will appreciate his bite-sized blog posts. Be sure to add him to your RSS reader and follow him on Twitter – @LeadershipFreak.
  • Seth Godin’s Blog. I am not sure I need to say much about Seth. Certainly an icon when it comes to communication, the internet, and marketing. He has very brief yet thought provoking posts. And numerous books including Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us. One of many helpful resources.

Podcasts

Video Tools

  • Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera. This is a great option for beginners shooting video on DSLR’s who can’t spring for the 5D which is about twice the price. It is often sold with an 18-135mm zoom lens that can get you started. In the Canon line, I would not recommend any of the lower end cameras if you are wanting to shoot video.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III (22.3 MP Full Frame Digital SLR Camera) – The go to camera for shooting video on a DSLR. It’s the pricier option, but that is because it’s fantastic! You just need a few good lenses.  *The new Canon 5D Mark IV is now available. I have not used it yet, but there isn’t any reason it shouldn’t carry on the legacy of the Mark III.
  • Canon “Nifty Fifty” lens (Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens) This inexpensive lens has a fabulously low f-stop which means you can really maximize the depth of field. It is great for interviews and anything for which moving the camera close to your subject isn’t an issue. If you are just starting out, this is a good lens to begin with.

Productivity

  • Evernote – your digital notebook/brain.
  • Wunderlist – a great task manager. Part of my “trusted system”.
  • Spark – email client for iOS. For me, Spark replaced Mailbox (when it was discontinued).
  • Trello
  • Workflowy