Category Archives: Training


Gamification 1: Story Mode

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 […]


Excel Tips from 18 Experts

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 […]



Excel Breakout Puzzle 7

The next Excel breakout puzzle is ready! And it’s a goodie πŸ™‚ I realize fall doesn’t officially start for a few weeks, but, our kids start school next week and so it already feels like fall is upon us. Fall means back-to-school, cooler weather, falling leaves, and … american football. My son plays, and so […]



Excel Breakout Puzzle 6

I think it’s about time for another breakout puzzle … yes! This breakout puzzle has an astronomy theme … you know, stars, constellations, the milky way, telescopes, and so on. I’ve always enjoyed looking up at the night sky. Being able to recognize stars and constellations helps me feel at home when I travel to […]


2018 Scholarship Winners

I am thrilled to announce this year’s Excel University scholarship winners! These scholarships are supported by the Excel University Alumni Association, so thanks to all of you who have helped make these awards possible! A special thank you this year to Gary Zeune of The Pros and The Cons who has generously donated time helping […]


Excel Breakout Puzzle 5

I think it’s about time for another breakout puzzle … yes! This breakout puzzle is inspired by The Matrix. The Matrix? Yes, the movie, you know … with Neo. If you haven’t seen it, it was a popular movie about 20 years ago. (Wow does time fly.) Anyhow, I love that movie and so decided […]


Excel Breakout Puzzle 4

It is time for another breakout puzzle … yay! Have you ever played Sudoku? My family loves doing these puzzles, in fact, last week we had a full-on Sudoku race and competition. Who won? Not me. My daughter totally crushed it. I’d get like 5 squares done, and she’d be like, “done!” Again and again. […]