Go Green

You can’t seem to escape the phrase climate change on the news these days.Climate Change

Those terrible fires in Australia. The big floods in Dubai and Indonesia. The severe storms sweeping across the UK.

With more and more focus on climate and the environment, there is plenty about the subject in the media. And I read an article the other day which caught my eye.

In the piece, Microsoft says it aims to be ‘carbon negative’ by 2030. That means removing more carbon from its activities than it emits each year.

Which sounds like quite a challenge.

I’m not an expert but my understanding is that carbon emissions are one of our planet’s biggest problems.

Carbon in the atmosphere builds up a blanket of gas that traps heat – and warms up our planet. This is changing the world’s climate. Many scientists are saying we have to act now or the consequences could be dire, irreparable, catastrophic.

The loss of forests, woodlands and trees is also a big factor in what’s happening to landscapes across the globe.

World leaders are being challenged to do more to tackle the problems.

Microsoft is in a position to make a stand and it looks like it has ambitious targets beyond 2030 as well.

And it’s not just the big corporates looking at green matters.

It feels like growing numbers of people are asking what they can do, as individuals, to help protect the environment and save our planet.How to Be a Greener VA

As a VA, you can also play your part.

In fact, as a user of Microsoft Office and 365, you probably already are.

By using the applications and embracing the electronic and digital age, you are helping the planet.

? No need for sticky notes (use OneNote).

? No need for staples or paper clips (file and organise your documents online).

? No need for highlighter pens (you can highlight text or data in Word, Excel, etc).

? No need for flipcharts (you can use online collaborative and sharing tools)

? No need for unnecessary travel. (Working ‘virtually’ means you can communicate easily with clients and prospects. It reduces the need for in-person meetings, car or train journeys, flights, packaged food on the go, and so on). Use Microsoft Teams for client meetings and calls and client documents.

Here are some other ways to do your bit for the environment. Some simple. Some more involved.

  • Use 100 per cent recycled paper
  • Use remanufactured or renewable ink cartridges
  • Recycle your old desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone.
  • Switch to an energy supplier for your home or office which supports renewable energies like wind and solar (up to 100 per cent green).
  • Consider adding solar panels to the roof – to reduce (possibly to zero) your electricity bills. This may be a decision for your workplace or office manager if you work in a building.
  • Encourage your clients to do their bit for the environment – share some of the tips you use.
  • Specialise in providing VA services to businesses with strong green credentials. You may even find it helpful to promote yourself as a ‘green’ VA.

We’re probably not quite at the paperless office stage in the business world but every little helps.

The more you use what Microsoft Office and 365 can do for you, the less reliant you will become on traditional stationery.

Not only saving on your business expenditure but a move towards a more modern and sustainable way of working.

If you want to get the most out of your Microsoft Office applications get your skills up to date.

I’m here to help you with that.

Browse the complete range of online courses here or head for ‘The Full Monty’ box set to cover all bases.

And do let me know of any tips you have for helping to minimise our impact on the planet.

To your greener VA success.

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Iva Freeman – Vertex Human Capital

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James O’Connor – Cavannah Homes

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

Dylan Teal Hopkins – Cavannah Homes
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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

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