As another New Year approaches there will be millions of resolutions made around the world. 

What will yours be? 

It doesn’t have to be a resolution. You could just set yourself a goal (or two). 

The professional assistant’s best friend is Microsoft Office with 365. If you are a master of its applications you are in a strong position, in work and in business. 

When you are not fretting about how to get a task done, you can focus on doing a better job of the task. And the time you save gives you more thinking, creative and attention time for other things on your list. 

Why not make 2022 the year you become an MS Office Maestro? 

Microsoft Word 

The way to work smarter with Word is to use the Style Sets to format documents and create brand templates you can use again and again. Such a timesaver. 

This application is not just for producing documents. Word can be used to create fillable forms, E-books and lead magnets. 

It’s a more versatile application than many give it credit for. Are you missing out on its full power? If so, there are online courses to bring you up to speed. 

Microsoft Excel 

Another versatile application, Excel is not just great for spreadsheets and numbers. It can be used for planning, organising and analytics. 

Use it to keep lists, make and manage checklists, monitor expenses, add stuff up with speed and accuracy, track events and evaluate data. 

Need some help with getting to grips with that in the New Year? I have a few solutions for you. 

Microsoft Outlook 

Outlook is like a central communications control unit, able to manage your inbox and calendar. 

It’s a very powerful tool yet some people can feel a bit nervous taking it on. Imagine if you could master it and let it take care of so many aspects of your working day. 

If that sounds like a goal for you, I have just the courses in mind. 

Microsoft PowerPoint 

Meetings only experience ‘Death by PowerPoint’ if the presenter is using the application the wrong way. 

Used in a smart way, PowerPoints help you deliver great presentations. And the software has developed to a level where creating consistently beautiful slides is child’s play. 

Microsoft’s essential tool also allows you to create Instagram posts and infographics with ease. My online courses teach you how. 

Microsoft Teams 

With more people working remotely from the office – whether full-time or part-time – organisations have had to find ways to keep communications and collaboration going. 

One of the most popular solutions is Microsoft Teams. 

It allows you to work with other applications inside the tool, without having to open up new tabs. It can support Zoom but has its own video meeting function – so it can also replace Zoom (and save on subscription fees). 

Judging by the training topics I’ve delivered in the past year, Microsoft Teams is what organisations most want to know how to use well. It’s also why I created a couple of online courses to help assistants get to grips with it. 

If this is the one area of Microsoft 365 and Office 365 that you’re less au fait with, it might make sense to prioritise it for your learning and development. People will expect you to know it. 

Give Yourself a New Year Gift 

Learning is a gift that keeps on giving. Experience is one thing. Knowledge and skills are another. 

With the New Year ahead, it’s the perfect time to treat yourself to something that will give you long term value. 

Why not get your Microsoft skills up to the grade. Choose from my range of online courses or invest in The HUB, the complete box set, to give yourself a huge saving compared to buying individual courses one by one.  

Another new year is just around the corner. Have a plan. Set some goals. Invest in yourself. 

Here’s to an amazing 2022 for you. 

P.S – I am starting work on a brand new program that will launch in Spring 2022. Planning is done and work is starting. To get to the front of the queue and get all the details about the launch of Microsoft Office Mastery for The Savvy Assistant – go sign up to the VIP Lounge. You will receive updates every so often and details about the launch – Click Here to sign up. 

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