Recommended Resources for Content Creators – Speakers, Authors, Thought Leaders

I’m often asked about my recommendations for cameras, microphones, and other tools for creating great content. My partner Terry Brock and I put together some of our favorites. Let me know how these work for you. If I haven’t covered something here, put a note in the comments or post on my Facebook wall at

Rift Labs Kick Light for video

The KICK is like no other video or photo light. The KICK is a lightweight, feature rich, affordable and fun photo & video light for smartphones and SLRs KICK is simple to use and require not previous knowledge. Still, it boasts more creative features than any other pocket-sized photo and video light on the market: Adjust brightness and color temperature via manual controls. Or remote control one or multiple KICKs via the free iOS app to enjoy full color (any color!) and animated light effects, built-in video effects and sampling of light. KICK can be used with any camera device: smart phones, DSLRs and others. Handheld or mounted on a tripod.

USB Microphone from Blue Microphones

Create unparalleled recordings and send them directly to your computer with Blue Microphone’s Yeti USB Microphone. The Yeti uses Blue Microphone’s proprietary tri-capsule technology to produce pristine, studio-quality recordings. It features four different pattern settings so you can record vocals, instrumental music, podcasts, or interviews in ways that would normally require multiple microphones. With simple controls for headphone volume, pattern selection, instant mute, and microphone gain, you’ll be creating exceptional recordings right out of the box.

Lightweight USB Microphone from Blue Microphones

Similar to the YETI (above), it is powerful. However, the Raspberry is super light and much better for travel and flexibility. Both are great choices for today’s audio or video creator.

Quadropod from Keizus

You’ve heard of a tripod? Well this is a quadropod which means it has even more for your work. The real key to this one is the clamp which gives you the ability to connect your iPad (Yes!) I have been able to use this with my iPad (full-size), my smart phone, and it works very well


Sony’s ECM-AW4 remote microphone

I love this! It gives the power of recording presentations when you need to be several feet away from the recording device. This is ideal for professional speakers who want to record their presentations and do it in a professional way. This is particularly good because it also has the ability for the person recording to communicate. In a private, not recorded message, to the person with the microphone. If you are a professional speaker, or you want to record your presentations to a larger group, this is Ideal.

Mikey from Blue Microphones

This is I deal for connecting external microphone to your iPhone or iPad. I have found it to work incredibly well and provide professional quality audio for video recordings.

Overear MicrophoneFrom Microphone Madness – Earset Microphone

I don’t keep what microphone that is for many years. They have a strong work dictation of producing top-notch audio quality product’s. Their material is top rate and I have bought many microphones from them. I am actually using there over the year microphone right now as I dictate this text down onto my computer. If you are recording audio and want the flexibility that the Earset microphone provides, this is an ideal choice for you.

Logitech C920 Webcam

This WebCam is the best I’ve seen on the market. It gives you the ability to have dazzling Hi definition quality on your video.This enhances your professional image and is well worth the very reasonable Investment.

Olympus Digital Voice Recorder I use (old, but still fabulous!)

This is an oldie but goodie. I love its simplicity of recording and use it often when I’m traveling and want to capture quick audio notes. I also like using it when watching educational TV so that I can quickly record notes and ideas for reference later. I great way to use it would be if you’re learning a foreign-language and need help with pronunciation from an expert, it is readily available and easy to use. I’ve used this for years and still use it today.


Seagate 2TB External Hard Drive

You can never have enough storage! This small, slim external hard drive fits conveniently into your USB port and lets you back up those important files. An ideal situation would be to have a computer with a smaller hard drive and backup your important, but not needed too often, files onto the external hard drive.


ZipShot from Tamrac – Fast Unfolding Tripod

This is a fast one for doing tripod that is small and light weight. For easy access and wicked-fast assembly, you can’t beat this


3.5 mm to USB adapter

This will help you to connect a standard 1/8 inch microphone jack to a USB that fits conveniently into your computer. This is ideal when you’re on the road.

Eyejot video emailEyeJot

This has got to be one of the best marketing tools I’ve seen in years! I use it for sending customized, personal video e-mail messages to people around the world. It is ideal for building relationships. Isn’t that what business is all about?

Webinarjam which works with Google+ Hangouts

WebinarjamThis is a marketing tool set created by marketers for marketers. It gives you the ability to handle registration, in-session chat sessions. You can follow up after your webinar has concluded. It makes using Google+ Hangouts much easier.

Camtasia from Techsmith

This is the worldwide standard for screen capture and video recording. It is ideal for creating training product that you can sell. It is also ideal for creating reference manuals and guides on how to use this features in your computer.

My partner Terry Brock has worked with the people at TechSmith since the late 90s. I find their support system and their attitude to be superlative. You will be very pleased when you use this product whether you’re using Windows or Mac. Don’t forget to look into their other product, Snag-it, it is also available for a Windows and Mac for screen capture.

Need a recommendation for something else?  Have a comment about any of the things I’ve recommended?  If so, leave them in the comments below or ask on my Facebook profile:

Disclosure: Many of these links are affiliate links. What that means is that I might receive some type of compensation if you click the link and make a purchase. This is a way of compensating me (a little bit) for my recommendation.

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