Defining Work Breakdown Structures with Excel

Posted on May 19, 2017 by Angela Nino

A Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) is a way to analyze and follow a project, but is more than just a task list. It is a way to mirror pieces and deliverables in Excel from a project perspective. You can see the organization, responsibilities, control points, and project scope. It can even help with determining costs and project estimates. A WBS can be developed from a task or deliverable orientation. Many of us look at projects as a group of tasks, which is easier to delineate in Excel. But, if you need to have your audience/stakeholders look at the WBS, then you might want to take the extra time to do a WBS from a deliverables standpoint. As you follow through…

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Security in Excel: How to Protect Your Work and Your Information

Posted on March 16, 2017 by Angela Nino

  Whether you share your Excel file internally or externally, you may want to prevent someone from accidentally changing or overwriting your data. If you don’t want someone to delete your formulas or information, there are a few ways to protect your work. You can lock your data in the worksheet structure or in a workbook, or even set a password. Note Regarding Protection Setting up a password to be able to use or modify an Excel file is a good idea. However, the encryption for an Excel spreadsheet is very easy to work around, especially in versions prior to Excel 2010. Using a password can be a deterrent for most people who aren’t looking to steal your data but…

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Creating Process Flows for Training Needs

Posted on March 9, 2017 by Angela Nino

  Are you struggling with being able to get a certain concept or instruction steps across to your training attendees? Or, do you just need to illustrate a process or procedure in your report but don’t have the time or energy to invest in learning Visio? You can do it right inside Word. The flowchart shapes and symbols are located on the Insert tab in the Shapes button menu. If you can insert a shape in Word, then you can create the flowchart. You just need to create a drawing canvas before you begin that will keep the flowchart items together. It is essentially a box that will help your group of symbols and lines stay grouped together. Insert a…

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Integrating Technology Training into Your Mentoring/Coaching

Posted on February 23, 2017 by Angela Nino

More and more of us are participating in a mentoring or a coaching relationship these days, whether on a personal or work-related basis. Working with someone else either as the coachee/mentee/trainee or as the coach/mentor can be a very effective way of growing and developing from a young age all the way through a more veteran/experienced age. Mentoring usually involves more of an informal relationship that does not necessarily have a goal-related focus. Coaching often revolves about performance related goals either for personal or business purposes. Onboarding/New Employee Many companies have all new employees participate in a coaching situation for their first year of employment. Other companies use it as part of their onboarding process. This allows the new hire…

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Handling Conflict in Training Sessions

Posted on January 31, 2017 by Angela Nino

Have you ever led or attended a training class where one or more participants were disagreement with each other? I have! It was early on in my training career, when I was much less experienced at dealing with problems. It was not a pleasant at first until I figured out how to minimize the effect the quarreling participants were having on learning. In any training session with at least two people, we can experience conflict. What some ways to reduce the chance that you will have conflict in a session, workshop, or meeting? There are actually many proactive approaches. I have included several suggestions/recommendations below. Preparation – If you know the participants in the group, you have a much higher…

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Hottest MS Office Skills for 2017

Posted on January 4, 2017 by Angela Nino

Do you have the top MS Office skills for 2017? If you are job hunting or looking to advance, are you able to perform the tasks that are asked of you? Are you an expert in knowing what is needed in today’s office environment? From my experience with large, medium and small businesses, I have found that many of them use at least one Microsoft Office program. If you are searching for new employment, you will often see Microsoft Excel and Word on the description. I am seeing more organizations that rely on Outlook, PowerPoint and Access, too. Even SharePoint use is on the rise in many larger organizations. Here are some of the most desirable MS Office and SharePoint…

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Three Training Best Practices

Posted on December 7, 2016 by Angela Nino

As we look forward to a new year, I usually try to take the time to read some of the latest research and survey results about the best practices in the training industry. In the busy hustle and bustle of every day, sometimes these overarching strategies and ideas get lost. As a trainer, it is important to refresh myself on this information, especially when I am designing and structuring a class or group of classes for a client. For most organizations, training and learning/development is standard practice. But, I wonder if all of these companies know the best practices for the training and development industry? I thought it would be useful to share some of the information that I had…

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5 Resources to Keep Your PowerPoint Skills Sharp

Posted on November 7, 2016 by Angela Nino

Many of us get in a rut over time with our PowerPoint presentations. We run short on time so we resort to using the same templates and designs that we have been using for years. How do we refresh our PowerPoint skills to stay up-to-date? One option is to spend loads of time digging through a design page, hoping to run across something new. A better plan is to use a PowerPoint resource page or website that can help you improve your page or teach you something new without using too much precious time. TLC Creative Services, Inc. This page gives you several options about learning and upgrading your skills. You can find a great organized list of tools. These…

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Reach Out – Volunteer!

Posted on October 25, 2016 by Angela Nino

As I was recently thinking about Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season, I made a list of all of my blessings. (Amazingly, I don’t think of training all day every day!)  Making my list took longer than I expected.  There were so many blessings!  I actually do this daily on a smaller scale, too.  I think of three things that I am grateful for each day.  About ten years ago, a friend and I started emailing these three things to each other every day.  What a difference it makes in my daily outlook! When I look at all the blessings I have, I see that I have so much while those less fortunate may not have as much.  At that point,…

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Where are we going to have our training class?

Posted on September 18, 2016 by Angela Nino

When talking with people about conducting a training class, many of them wonder if they can even have a training class at their site because they don’t have a room full of computers. I have heard many worries, especially from smaller businesses, about how the logistics of the actual training would work. They do not need to be anxious at all. I explain that there are many options to holding a successful training class without needing a dedicated “training” room. Number of Participants In order to determine how to approach the setup, we start by finding out how many participants there will be and what rooms/conference rooms, or even open areas are available on-site. I have conducted training in a…

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