It seems almost impossible to avoid them these days – they’re everywhere. I’m talking about requests for your opinion. Sometimes it feels like a bombardment on your inbox.Getting into Top Forms Online surveys. Opinion polls. Feedback on a product or service. Not to mention quizzes about your life, work and the universe. It’s no surprise to see retailers and other businesses using these methods to gather data on their customers. They want to understand their audience better, improve their products and services, and gain insights and ideas for the future. But surveys, polls and quizzes are increasingly being used by people in their personal lives as well.

This trend has been picked up by Microsoft.

The tech giant has responded by opening up Microsoft Forms to everyone on 365 – not just business or education users. I have to say I love using the application. Using it so much meant I was able to ditch my paid SurveyMonkey plan and save hundreds of pounds a year in subscription fees.

Microsoft Forms is great for surveys and polls.

People who invest in any training from my range online courses will see it in action for themselves. At the end of each course is a section for them to provide feedback. That’s all done through Forms. Like any software, it has its little foibles – but it is easy to use and very versatile. Microsoft Forms has templates, design suggestions and recommended themes included to make putting things together quick and simple. You can customise each form for whatever you want. Getting into Top FormsBusinesses understand the value of surveys, polls and quizzes. And now people can use Microsoft Forms for any aspects of their personal life. It can help you plan a holiday gathering with family (for when that’s possible), send out birthday party invitations, pick your next book club read, organise your sports team’s next T-shirt order, or host a virtual trivia night with friends in different locations. You could use it to support online learning. Create fun and interactive quizzes (which could include showing video clips), engage with students or gather information to organise a school or college fundraiser.

It’s flexible and global.

Forms can be shared with a link or via a QR code – so they can be used by anyone you want, anywhere in the world. There are analytics available and you can export your results into Excel for deeper analysis. Microsoft’s research on the trend matches my own observations. It even led me to change priorities in the creation and development of my online training. There I was, all convinced and ready that a new course on Excel was what people wanted. But when I carried out a survey with VA’s and other admin professionals in some online communities, the message was loud and clear. Based on a good-sized poll, what most VA’s wanted was training in How to Create Fillable Forms in Word.

You can guess what happened next.

I did what any smart entrepreneur, trainer and business owner would do. I put the Excel course on hold and created one for using Microsoft Word to produce fillable forms. What VA’s were finding was that they were being asked, more and more, to do certain types of task: compile checklists, create booking forms, gather contact details and write letters (which have different elements to choose from, depending on who they are sent to). They wanted to know how they could do all this, whether on a PC or Mac. I put that in the training, all covered in the one course for either operating system. When I think about it, I used Forms to discover what VA’s needed… and it revealed a demand for training involving Forms. How funny is that? The feedback from VA’s gave me the insight I otherwise wouldn’t have had. Now I have a new product and a fresh addition to my income stream. And, yes. You’re right. There’s no reason why you can’t use surveys, polls and quizzes to help understand your clients and audience better. Being asked for your opinion is an opportunity to have your say and help people and companies shape future products, services and support.

Forms help to inform.

Next time you see one on a web page, post or in your inbox don’t instantly dismiss it. If it’s from a brand you love, even more reason to take part in the conversation. Quite often there’s an incentive to help sway you – an offer, a discount code, free gift or competition draw prize. How’s your form with Forms? Shelley Fishel

The session was well structured and the explanation was very clear. It was amazing how Shelley managed to squeeze so much info in just one hour and a half! Colin’s support and contributions were also very valuable, and so were “Virtual Veronica”‘s. Thank you for a most interesting and useful training session at the Miss Jones Virtual Summit!

Laura Carizzo- Royal Norwegian Embassy in Argentina

I haven’t used PowerPoint in 20 years, this has really boosted my confidence.

Lyn Parker

Course is packed with so much valuable information in a easy-to-understand and follow language, even for a complete beginner. I can respect the fact that sometimes it’s very hard for an expert to break the information down to basics. but Shelley has done it brilliantly. I was sure that I knew quite a bit but Shelley has proven me wrong even at the very beginning of the basics of PowerPoint. Lessons are short and precise which allowed me to easily transfer the new skill into practice without being overwhelmed and to carry on adding on more with each lesson. I had so many ‘Aha!’ moments and for most of them I couldn’t believe I used to pay graphic designer to do it for me, now, thanks to Shelley, I am looking forward to creating, designing, converting my presentations all by myself!

Iva Freeman – Vertex Human Capital

Shelley was very thorough and knew a lot of tip’s for using Teams, thank you 🙂

James O’Connor – Cavannah Homes

Very informative, constantly getting everyone in the meeting involved, loved every bit of it!

Dylan Teal Hopkins – Cavannah Homes
Fantastic and informative training and great to see all of the exciting functions with Microsoft Teams.
Laura Rigby – The Apprenticeship College
Shelley was really clear in her teaching and went at a pace that was helpful to us. We covered all we needed to know to get us started, as a small team, using MS Teams. She was also very helpful in the run up to the session, with check in calls and ensuring our platform was set up correctly. I would highly recommend Shelley to anyone wanting to learn to navigate their way around MS Teams.
Leigh Dowling – Innuous

Microsoft Teams One to One Training Session

Shelley was approachable, easy to work with, and agile with answering questions to apply the session to my specific needs

Melissa Marshall – Present Your Science

A course on Outlook had been on the top of my list when Shelley asked VA’s what they wanted to learn.

It was a real case of ‘so that’s how you do it’ or ‘I never knew that’. I have to say that I learnt so many great tips it has definitely improved the way I work in Outlook and my inbox is looking colourful and organised and I can’t wait to share this knowledge with my clients.

Jacqueline Leake – JLeake VA Services – Outlook

A great course with lots of examples and step by step instructions. I can now confidently create infographics and as a bonus, I learnt a lot of new PowerPoint functionality that will enhance all my PowerPoint work and save me so much time.

Jessica Bailey – Integral Resource

I really like Shelley’s courses. She has a clear and easy to follow teaching style. In ‘How to Create Fillable Forms’ I’ve learned about the functions of the Developer ribbon which will mean I’ll be able to create a bespoke Returns Form for a client who has an online shop

Freya Henderson – Virtual Office Orkney

Shelley was really clear in her teaching and went at a pace that was helpful to us. We covered all we needed to know to get us started, as a small team, using MS Teams. She was also very helpful in the run up to the session, with check in calls and ensuring our platform was set up correctly. I would highly recommend Shelley to anyone wanting to learn to navigate their way around MS Teams.

Sarah Clements – Inuous

Absolutely superb course, easy to follow and to refer back whilst putting it all into practice! I was unaware of the extent you can customise a presentation and it’s just made me want to know more – what’s next Shelley?

Denise Williams

I thought I had a pretty good grasp of Outlook until I did this course! In her videos, Shelley is clear and concise, and the language she uses is straightforward and jargon-free. Each module is broken down into manageable chunks, which helps keep your attention and means the course is easy to fit in around other commitments. I’ve created email templates and implemented rules that are already saving me time, and as all the other things I’ve learnt start to become second nature, the positive impact on my efficiency is fast becoming clear. This course has been incredibly beneficial and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to strengthen their skills and boost productivity.

Pip Doleman VA

I thought I knew Powerpoint really well, but I wanted to specifically learn how to use Powerpoint to create better infographics, easily and quickly. Shelley explains everything in a very logical and clear way, so I understood everything the first time I heard it. The most useful thing I learnt was that Powerpoint can do so much more than I thought it could. By also using the short cuts that Shelley showed me I am much quicker than I have ever been and I thought I was already quick!

Susan Marot

Shelley Fishel of Tomorrow’s VA has a wealth of experience in Microsoft Office. I met her in person 2 years ago at the PA Show in London. I also saw her in action in a fab workshop and knew she was the whizz that everyone had told me she was. I have since bought a lifetime access to her HUB and all the courses in there are a MUST if you are a VA on a mission. The courses will give you confidence in all the Office 365 components and will catapult you to dizzy heights

Alex Hughes