Tools We Use

When we find a tool or resource that we like to use and that makes a difference in our business or our life, we want to share the good news!  All of the products and services on this page are ones we use and endorse.

Note that some of these links are affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission if you purchase.  Rest assured that none of the fees charged by any of these providers were increased to compensate us, they are the same whether you use our link or not.

Productivity

DISC Assessment: Understanding your personality traits and strengths, and how to best leverage them to maximize your effectiveness with others is invaluable.  Build stronger teams and master effective communication through DISC.  As a Personality Insights certified behavioral consultant we provide assessments and debriefings with detailed individual reports, and can also provide detailed interaction analysis and team charting for your entire team – ask us how!

6-Types of Working Genius Assessment: Imagine if every company, every organization, every team knew the areas of genius, competency and frustration of their people and organized them for success. And imagine if every parent knew those areas of genius for their spouse and children. The Working Genius model allows anyone to identify your natural gifts and limitations so you can positively impact your daily work and home life.  As a Working Genius certified facilitator we provide Working Genius assessments and debriefings, training, and  detailed team charting for your entire team – ask us how!

Project EVO: A planner for anyone – the EVO Planner comes in four distinctly different formats/layouts that are designed for your brain type based on the EVO Brain Type Assessment.  The EVO Planner combines planning, gratitude, journaling and reflection in a simple but powerful way.  Jeff uses his Architect type EVO Planner to stay organized.

THINKERS: A full suite of tools for people who think, THINKERS provides a premium physical notebook, a fantastic notetaking and organizing app, an interactive online community, and a thought provoking podcast. This is where Jeff does his thinking, dreaming, doodling and drafting.

Trello: A visual, customizable project management tool.  Collaborate, manage projects, organize tasks, reach new productivity peaks and build team spirit—all in one place.  Jeff manages his projects and collaborates with clients on Trello.

Freelance Services

ShadowLight Kreations: Custom graphic design services for all needs.  Whether you need a logo, business cards, marketing collateral, popup banner artwork, or anything creative, ShadowLight Kreations is a premium source.  They also provide book cover design, and proofreading services for all types of publications from articles to complete books.

Fiverr: A global online marketplace offering tasks and services, referred to as ‘gigs’ and micro-jobs beginning at a cost of $5 U.S. per job performed. Fiverr lists over 1 million services on the site that range between $5 and $500, including graphics, video services, book covers and more.

The Guild: A consortia of elite, certified editors, proofreaders and ghostwriters, The Guild matches writers with the professional editing services they need to produce premiere results.

Email and CRM Services

ConvertKit: A simple yet powerful email marketing platform, ConvertKit allows you to easily offer content upgrades and incentives with email signup forms and also comes with easy to manage auto-responders.

Website Development and Hosting

SiteGround: Robust, highly secure, managed hosting that simplifies and powers your website and technology needs.  With multiple hosting levels, domain registration, integrated email accounts and superior support, it’s no wonder SiteGround is officially recommended by WordPress, and hosts all our sites!

Heartbeat: Heartbeat.chat provides a great foundation for community building, course and event hosting, and more. Powerful, flexible, and easy to use and navigate, Hearbeat is the platform I choose to host the Ascending Leaders Community!

WishList Member: A powerful, yet easy to use membership solution that can turn any WordPress site into a full-blown membership site. Upload the WordPress plugin, and within minutes you’ll have your own membership site up and running.

Elementor: The world’s leading WordPress website builder, Elementor turns your ideas into stunning websites.  With easy to use visual templates and powerful features, Elementor works with nearly every theme and plugin, and is the builder we use on all our sites.

Eventbrite: An online event ticketing and marketing tool, Eventbrite provides a customizable, flexible platform to market your events, register and engage with attendees, and ensure your event goes smoothly.

Free 5-Day Website Challenge: The 5 Day Website Challenge is hands-down the best WordPress training we’ve found online, and it’s FREE!  If you’re feeling frustrated or overwhelmed trying to build your own website, definitely check out Shannon Mattern’s 5 Day Website Challenge. It comes with detailed step-by-step videos and a community group for support.

Streaming and Screencasting

StreamYard: StreamYard is hte easiewst way to create professional livestream broadcasts to multiple platforms simultaneously, including Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and more.  The simple, customizable broadcast studio makes interviewing and livestreaming a breeze.

Loom: A work communication tool that helps you get your message across through instantly shareable videos. Record, share, and collaborate quickly and easily with Loom.

Conferencing

Zoom: Video and web conferencing service, which provides video meetings (online meetings, training, technical support), chat and webinars.

Microsoft Teams: Chat, Meet, Call, and Collaborate – all In one place with Microsoft Teams. A robust video and web conferencing service that offers screen and file sharing, chat, and extensive integration with other productivity and business apps.

FreeConferenceCall.com: Phone and web based conferencing services with advanced tools including screen sharing and other collaboration tools that free you from the hassles and expense of traditional call conferencing with simple, convenient, and reliable service.

Financial Services

Square: Accept credit card payments anywhere with your iPhone, Android or iPad. Download the free Square app to get started.

Stripe: A fully integrated suite of payment products that simplifies your financial transactions.  Stripe’s products power payments for online and in-person retailers, subscriptions businesses, software platforms and marketplaces, and everything in between.

PayPal: Accept credit cards, checks and PayPal wherever your customers are on your iPhone, iPad, or Android devices.

Writing and Publishing

Author Academy Elite: The premium experience for authors, AAE provides cover design, interior design, editing, global distribution and even foreign translation opportunities in addition to a superior publishing experience. Your book receives exactly what it needs to attain maximum influence and impact. AAE teaches you how to turn your book into 18 streams of income.

Author Wizards: Cutting edge software that allows you to enjoy rock star author status, sell truck loads of books, and build a rabid tribe of followers and fans in as little as 15 minutes a day, without spending a dime on ads or being tied to your computer.

Narrate Your Own Audiobook:  5 ridiculously simple steps to recording your audiobook at home.  Record your audiobook without expensive studio or narrator costs, and share your book with all readers – traditional, e-readers, and audiobook lovers. They offer do-it-yourself, do it with their help, or they do it for you services.

Publisher Rocket: Sell more books and eBooks on Amazon. Publisher Rocket will get your book in front of more Amazon shoppers by finding better keywords, discovering bestselling categories, and more.

Marketing and Printing

Vistaprint: Create powerful promotions that are easy to design and hard to miss. There are great-value deals on a whole range of products, including business cards, marketing materials, corporate gifts, calendars, and stationery.

BuildASign: Create signs, banners, posters, magnets and more with dozens of premade templates, do it yourself artwork, or get custom design help.  BuildASign is our go to source for banner stands and banners.

Doodly: Create unlimited whiteboard, blackboard, greenboard, and even glassboard doodle videos in minutes with an easy to use drag and drop interface and a huge library of sketch images.

StickerGiant: Create custom stickers and labels that tell your story, and express your message.  Fast, flexible and high quality stickers and labels for every need.