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Speed Loop 3: Realize Gain

By Jeff Lenning | April 14, 2020 |

This is the third and final post in the Speed Loop series. In the first post, we identified and prepared our recurring-project workbooks for speed. In the second post, we increased their value by improving efficiency and accuracy. Now it is time to leverage our time savings. The final step is: Realize Gain. Before we…

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Speed Loop 2: Appreciate Assets

By Jeff Lenning | April 6, 2020 |

This is the second post in the Speed Loop series, where I’m sharing the process that helped me dramatically improve efficiency. In the first post, we covered the Invest Time stage. We identified our recurring-project workbooks. We inserted our lead sheets. We are now ready to move on to the second stage: Appreciate Assets. Let’s…

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Speed Loop 1: Invest Time

By Jeff Lenning | March 30, 2020 |

To work fast in Excel, you need two things: process and skills. Having one without the other means you may not be maximizing efficiency. By process, I mean the overall framework, strategy, or approach you use to optimize your workbooks. By skills, I mean Excel skills like XLOOKUP, SUMIFS, PivotTables, and Power Query. Both process…

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XLOOKUP Webinar

By Jeff Lenning | March 16, 2020 |

XLOOKUP is the next-gen lookup function designed to address the limitations of VLOOKUP and related workarounds. It combines the capabilities of numerous functions including VLOOKUP, INDEX, MATCH, HLOOKUP, and IFERROR. Many have asked me to teach this via webinar. So, I created this short webinar that covers the basics 🙂 This on-demand webinar is about…

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XLOOKUP CalCPA Article

By Jeff Lenning | February 11, 2020 |

VLOOKUP is perhaps the most iconic function in Excel and users have come to adore it. As great as VLOOKUP is, it has several limitations. For example, column order matters. It was designed to look for a matching value in the first (left-most) column within the lookup range. Once found, it scans to the right…

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Gamification 4: Billing Discounts and More

By Jeff Lenning | January 27, 2020 |

This is the fourth and final post in the Gamification + Excel Training series where we are talking about how gamification can help make learning Excel fun (more like a game). In this post, we’ll talk about billing discounts and highlight the many other elements used in our training pass. Our Campus Pass subscription uses…

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Gamification 3: Challenges

By Jeff Lenning | January 21, 2020 |

This is the third post in the Gamification + Excel Training series, and in this post we talk about challenges. One component of our gamification strategy is to encourage competition by hosting challenges. In general, competition is motivating and can help people push themselves to accomplish more. So, it is an element used in our…

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Gamification 2: Breakout Puzzles

By Jeff Lenning | January 14, 2020 |

In the second post in our Gamificaiton + Excel Training series, we’ll talk about another fun element used in our training pass: Breakout Puzzles. My family enjoys going to Escape Rooms, and if you haven’t been to one, I’d recommend checking it out. In summary, you go to the Escape Room and they lock you…

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Gamification 1: Story Mode

By Jeff Lenning | January 7, 2020 |

This is the first post in a new Gamification + Excel Training series, where we’ll talk about how gamification is used to motivate students to learn Excel. What is gamification? In summary, it is the use of game design and mechanics to help people achieve their objectives. It is applied in many areas today, from…

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Excel Tips from 18 Experts

By Jeff Lenning | December 19, 2019 |

My Excel-friend John Michaloudis has compiled a podcast with tips from 18 Excel experts and MVPs. He does this annually, and this year he has put together a great collection of tips. This year, you’ll hear tips from: John Michaloudis Jeff Lenning Bill Jelen Mynda Treacy Chandoo Kasper Langmann Alan Murray Jon Acampora Danielle Stein…

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