27 outstanding online tools for communicators

Email, project management, teleconferencing and much more can become easier with these helpful sites and plug-ins. Check them out to see which might work best for you.

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When I speak—particularly when I do my three-hour CEO workshop—I offer a list of tools that everyone should, at the very least, check out.

Most are free, but we have tested some premium tools and know them to be effective for the types of work I recommend.

I used to hand out a list of those tools and URLs, but one attendee quipped: I love that you talk about digital media and then hand us a piece of paper with your recommended tools.

I do that because the audience for those workshops are mostly old school and appreciate that more. (Also, the sheet of paper is branded so they always have my contact information.)

Still, I took the teasing to heart and figured this would be valuable to everyone, not just those who take that workshop.

Here are 27 tools we recommend:

1. Asana. We start with project management software. I prefer Basecamp (below), but Asana is free for up to 15 people. So, if you’re just starting out with project management or if you have a small team, it’d be a great tool for you.

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