For any organisation today, collaboration is more important than ever. 

The challenges they face can be difficult or complex. It may require teams to work more closely together than they have before. It may mean making use of skills, experience and knowledge from people outside. 

However, the nature of collaboration has changed with recent world events. Possibly permanently. 

Remote working looks like it is here to stay. We’re now seeing more organisations adopting a hybrid model. This is where employees spend part of the week working from home or a business hub, the other part of the week in the office. 

Some people may work remotely full time. Some may be back to the office full time. 

This creates some big collaboration and communication challenges for organisations. And they’re looking for solutions. 

For many corporates and businesses, the answer is Microsoft Teams. 

That is certainly reflected in the increased demand I’ve had for my training services and online courses during the past 18 months. 

There are good reasons for this. 

Designed for Collaboration 

Microsoft Teams was designed as a collaboration and communications platform. Its task is to make it easier for users to talk to each other, share ideas and progress projects – without having to dip in and out of multiple apps. 

Pretty much all that people need is provided within Teams or can be easily integrated with it. 

Effortless Information Sharing 

People can share word files, sketches, charts, graphs and videos all within Teams. Colleagues can collaborate on projects and edit, comment on or add to documents in real-time. 

That means they can save time, avoid lengthy meetings and work through project tasks more efficiently. 

Rapid Group Communications 

Users of Microsoft Teams can keep their posts, messages, images and files all in one place. This means they never have to lose the thread – or their patience. 

Teams provides a full audit trail of their conversations. No more frantic searching through your inbox for who said what and when. It’s all in one place, with all the dots connected. 

Even if someone has been away for a day or a week, they can check back in and find a complete update of what’s been happening during their absence. 

No Need for Zoom 

With Microsoft Teams, you can schedule online meetings without having to use Zoom or Skype. The platform has its own 1:1 or conference call feature.  

This gives organisations the choice to dump their Zoom subscription – and save money every month – or integrate with Zoom if they prefer.  

Simple App Integration 

Teams allows you to use Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint within the app, so you don’t have to keep switching between tabs. It’s all there inside. 

But that’s not the only beauty of it. You can add other Microsoft applications, like Planner, to the mix. Teams can also host a range of external apps – such as MindMeister for mind mapping and Hive for improved workflow – without the user having to come out of Teams each time. 

That saves hassle, frustration and time. What organisation or team doesn’t want that? 

Features and Functionality 

There is so much to Microsoft Teams that aids strong and purposeful collaboration. It handles information, data and files. It lets you run meetings of any size, wherever people are in the world.  

It lets you run quick polls, share a virtual whiteboard, hold breakout sessions, and set the application the way you want it. It’s flexible and versatile. 

Continuous Cycle of Improvement 

With some applications, they arrive and that’s what you get for the life of the app. Not so with Microsoft. 

The company is continually looking at ways to improve its suite of collaborative tools for business. This includes taking feedback from users and making updates. It could be a tweak, a new feature or an upgrade in functionality. 

This is why so many companies are turning to Teams. They are often already Microsoft Office and 365 users so it’s a logical step to bring everything together under one platform. 

It’s one thing having the application. It’s another thing entirely to get the best out of it for successful collaboration. 

This is where working with an experienced Microsoft trainer like myself can make a difference. It’s why organisations book me to deliver webinars, online workshops and tailored training sessions. 

For those looking to get a group of people trained in Teams, they can get in touch with me directly to discuss requirements and pricing. 

The wider global take-up of Microsoft Teams by organisations means professional assistants will need to be on top of their game. Bosses and clients will expect the smart PE, EA or VA to know how to use it with confidence and efficiency. 

If some fast-track training or a quick refresher is desirable, there is help at hand. 

As well as my ‘How to’ and ‘Taming Teams’ online courses (payable in pounds sterling, US dollars or Australian dollars) there is the 1:1 option for private, customised individual training. 

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