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. 

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I find Shelley’s training easy to follow and the very best thing is that you can do it all at your own pace and revisit modules if it doesn’t quite sink in the first time round! I have learned so much from her training and continue to do so! She is responsive to my questions and I learn something new with each module. I find Iam hardly ever having to Google or YouTube information now, so it really is saving me time in my work day. Time that can be better used by learning more about the business I operate in!
Thanks Shelley!

Tracey Whitehouse – Executive Assistant

I have been following Shelley on Linkedin for several years, and always loved her hints and tips. In May of this year, I had the opportunity to recommend Shelley as one of our workshop speakers at the annual HMC Heads’ PA Conference in Sheffield.

On receiving the brief Shelley quickly produced content for two IT Microsoft Skills Workshops covering nuggets from Outlook, Word and Excel. Shelley then delivered (virtually) these two fantastic workshops to over 60 PAs at our conference.

From initial enquiry to delivery Shelley is the consummate professional and it was my pleasure to have had the opportunity to engage with her.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Shelley to any individual or group.

Michaela Fletcher – Heads PA

Shelley is THE guru on all things Microsoft.

I love Outlook, use it every day, and think I have a pretty good understanding of it. But every time I attend one of her sessions I learn a lot more. Her knowledge is remarkable. And she delivers her knowledge in a really clear, engaging way.

Thanks Shelley

Kathy Soulsby

I have just spent less than an hour at one of Shelley’s presentations and my mind is truly blown! I thought I was fairly proficient in Outlook, but I had no idea it could do so much more! So many time saving tips and shortcuts to help me – I can’t wait to get stuck in and implement them all! Thank you Shelley – I would highly recommend!

Hayley Rose – Executive Assistant -Dalcour Maclaren

Shelley joined us for the annual HMC Heads’ PAs conference in May 2023, where she delivered two hands-on practical IT skills workshops for over 60 PAs in attendance. Both sessions were warmly received by all participants, and from a personal perspective it was an absolute pleasure for me to work with Shelley both offline in the extensive prep phase ahead of the sessions, and online during the day itself – sharp in subject knowledge, flexible in content delivery and everything executed with a really affable manner and “can-do” approach throughout. I would recommend her services wholeheartedly.

Gareth Johnson – Leader GRE Education

Heads PA Conference

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