How to 32x your skills

You might be hearing more about the phrase skills economy in the months ahead.

The world of business – along with almost every aspect of our lives – has undergone an enforced change. And we’re not totally sure how things will look and be in the near future.

A skills economy is the set of skills people in a given industry are expected to possess. You’d expect an architect to be able to sketch and draw technically. You’d expect a journalist to be able to write. You’d expect a taxi driver to know how to drive and find places. How to 32x Your Skills

If you were to place that phrase into the context of the future, a skills economy would describe the set of skills those same people would be expected to have as work changes in the years ahead.

At this moment, you might be a VA, an Executive Assistant or perhaps a PA thinking of going out on their own one day.

You have a current set of skills you use. They might be the same ones you use in the future or there could be some new ones you’ll need.

It might just pay to ensure you get on top of the basics now (and there’s no harm having some of the ‘advanced’ skills under your wing, too).

Mastering the whole of Microsoft 365 in one go might seem like a tall order. So why not simplify the process?

Let’s take Microsoft Word. How easy do you think it would be for you to improve your skills in this application by just TWO per cent?

Now consider Excel. Despite the availability of other apps, there is still widespread use of Excel. Let’s say you increase your practical knowledge of it by the same amount, two per cent.

You may use PowerPoint, to create presentations, slides, infographics or Instagram posts.

Could you increase your skills in this application by two per cent?

Let’s keep the momentum going here.

If you are using Microsoft 365, you are almost certainly going to be making use of Outlook. It’s where you have your inbox, create and manage your messages, and stay in control of your communications.

What are the odds you could improve your skills in Outlook by two per cent?

One of the Microsoft applications that has seen a big jump in usage this year is Teams. The increasing need to hold meetings and events online has drawn businesses to this powerful collaboration and communications tool.

How to 32x Your SkillsLet’s say you were able to increase your skills in this by just two per cent.

This may not all sound like much but here’s where the fun starts.

You have five applications. For each one, you achieve a two per cent increase in your skills.

What is the overall impact of that? Well, if you said 10 per cent you would be wrong.

If you advance your skills in the way suggested, you would improve your overall Microsoft skills by 32 per cent.

You can work it out for yourself. Two times two times two times two times two equals 32.

That’s a third better than where you were at your starting point.

It’s a bit of fun but you can see the point I’m making.

When you improve your skills across the board by small amounts, it adds up to a lot more. And the advantages are very clear for the smarter-working VA.

When you know how things work you get more done in less time

When people know you have certain skills, they are more likely to hire you.

When you have stronger skills, you can promote and market them as one of the reasons to hire you. You can do a great job – very efficiently.

When you are able to work more productively, you can take on more clients.

When you have specialised skills, you can charge more.

You may already be seeing other benefits of having strong core skills in Microsoft 365.

If you want to get started and get to grips with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook or Teams, an online course is a good way to go. You can explore my range of courses here.

There’s no waffle or padding. Just straightforward training.

You watch me go through each step of the tasks you are most likely to ever need in a series of short videos. Watch where you want, when you want. Go back to the piece you need whenever you need a refresher. Lifetime access for one price.

If you like the idea of being a master of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Teams, it’s probably worth it for you to take a look at Tomorrow’s VA Hub, affectionately dubbed ‘The Full Monty’.

It’s the box set of all my online courses and represents the best value for money.

And, of course, if you would like a bit of help in deciding what’s best, you can get in touch or arrange a quick call with me.

Whether you want to 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x or 32x the percentage improvement in your Microsoft skills, I’m here for you.

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