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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.