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Training

Going Global!

When training Microsoft Excel, I usually like to keep my class sizes reasonably small. I like to interact with everybody on an individual basis, helping out as necessary and answering all their questions, so usually I try to keep classes under 10, though will occasionally stretch to 20 in a virtual environment. Yesterday was quite […]

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General

The New Face of Training!

This week, I have been more than usually concerned with my appearance. I’m not one for makeup, and feel that people on my training courses should be looking at my shared screen most of the time so, though I make myself presentable and dress smartly, I don’t normally bother too much about my actual face. […]

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Excel Sum(it)

(excuse the bad Excel pun!) This weekend, I was privileged to attend a virtual Excel conference, hosted by the London Excel Meetup group. Excel experts and enthusiasts from all over the world congregated in a virtual conference centre, with areas for presentations, masterclasses, an exhibition hall, and a meeting area where we could get to […]

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Lifechanging Times!

What a milestone! Since lockdown began, I have been training on Zoom/Teams with a download speed of 20Mbps and an upload speed of… nearly 1. And that was if I had a phone line – we lost 17 days recently when a falling tree brought the phone line down, then several more days a week […]

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An Excel-lent week!

It’s been a pretty productive week for me. I had two training days: an Intermediate Excel on Wednesday and an Introductory day on Friday. Both for the same training company, using Zoom through their log-in portal. Each group was well-motivated and stayed very involved. There were plenty of questions and suggestions, and they went away […]

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Solutions

An old job revisited

This week, I had an email from a client that I did a project for some years ago. The client is PA to a solicitor, and I produced a solution in Excel that allowed them to analyse their cases in Excel while still producing their reports in Word, so it was a combination of Excel […]

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Training

Training day

Today’s course was Intermediate Excel, one of my favourites, delivered over Microsoft Teams. I particularly like the Intermediate level course, as it effectively takes Excel users from filling in other people’s spreadsheets to creating their own, and getting a good understanding of how it all works. There is a lot of work on functions, split […]

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Training

Embracing the new normal!

Pros and cons of online training In the first lockdown my training work, (usually face-to-face, usually in London) completely dried up. It seems that everybody was just waiting for COVID to go away. Well, we know how that went! During the latter part of the year, I began to see my training moving online. I […]

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Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2021! I’m sure we’re all relieved that 2020 is past and gone, but of course this year also brings its challenges, with COVID, vaccinations, Brexit, and the change of presidency in the United States, to name but a few of the topics that have come up in the first week of the New […]