Tools I Use

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My ID, LXD, and L&D Tools

I often get asked which tools I am using in my projects, to stay on top of tasks, and in web development.  Most of the tools I use are quite affordable or free.

I’ve arranged the tools by topic for easier navigation.  Clicking on a link below will take you directly to the appropriate section.  To return to the list, click on the box in the lower right corner with the up arrow.

In being transparent, some of the below links are affiliate links.  I may earn a small commission if you click and/or make a purchase.  This comes at no additional cost to you and the funds help power my site and content.  You may read more in my disclaimer.

Audiovisual Assets

Audacity:  free, open-source audio editor.  I actually use this for all of my narration projects and really appreciate its power.  The interface is very basic (think: old-school MS Access), but it is mighty!  There are also loads of plugins available and a passionate community with helpful documentation and wikis.

Pexels: free stock photos and videos.  No attribution is required.

Unsplash: free stock photos videos.  No attribution is required.

Collaboration

Airtable:  platform for building collaborative applications.. 

Asana:  web and mobile application designed to help teams organize, track, and manage their work.  Asana is a great way to collaborate on projects and tasks.  Interested in training on Asana?  Let’s chat!  I’m an Asana Ambassador

Google Drive: free, cloud-based apps and storage.  I use Docs, Sheets, and Slides as an easy, free, cloud-based method of collaborating on projects with others.

Content

Medium: open platform where readers find dynamic thinking, and where expert and undiscovered voices can share their writing on any topic.  There are some amazing writers and content on Medium.  I keep planning to write more than my one article published.

Freelancing

Gusto:  cloud-based payroll for small businesses.  I’ve had an amazing experience using Gusto for receiving and requesting payments.

Graphic Design

Canva: graphic design platform, used to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, documents, and other visual content. Canva’s free plan is awesome, but their paid plan (super cheap) is what I use and I create almost all of my graphics in Canva!

Learning

LinkedIn Learning: fantastic courses by the industry’s leaders.  I take so many courses through them and have seen the value already!

Networking

HelloFax: platform allowing faxes to be sent and received 100% online.  Their rates are very affordable (whether you pay per page or subscribe to a monthly plan).  You can send and receive faxes from other HelloFax users and standard fax machine users.

LinkedIn:  free professional networking site offering career development, networking opportunities, and job services.  I am regularly sharing content on LinkedIn and have met some amazing folks there.  I was also hired for my two most recent roles via LinkedIn!

Project Management

Asana:  web and mobile application designed to help teams organize, track, and manage their work.  Asana is my favorite project management system!  It’s robust yet easy to use.  Interested in training on Asana?  Let’s chat!  I’m an Asana Ambassador

Web Development

Ionos: domain name registrar, web host, and SSL.  I use Ionos (formerly 1&1) for all of my domain name purchases.

SiteGround:  affordable and reliable web hosting.  I currently use them and am very satisfied with their service.

Writing

Grammarly:  cross-platform cloud-based writing assistant using AI to review spelling, grammar, punctuation, clarity, engagement, and delivery mistakes.  Grammarly is a life-saver for me, as I tend to type quite fast and make a lot of errors.

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