Training with Focus

Training Topics

PowerPoint Topics

Preparing for a Presentation

  • Identifying the key message(s)
  • Building an outline (based on available time)
  • Developing the story (reducing extraneous information)

Getting Started with PPT

  • Updating the Slide Master (cleaning up minor annoyances)
  • Applying a theme / color scheme (e.g., your client’s color palette)
  • Rules for Slides

Cleaning up your slides

  • Appearance matters
  • Looking professional - Clean / straight lines and layouts
  • Alignment (text and object)
  • Consistent Spacing and whitespace
  • Creating custom slide layouts

Working with data

  • Making graphs and graphics
  • Mixing graphs and messages
  • Making tables look better
  • Making key messages stand out
  • Creating timelines / schedules

Advanced Techniques in PPT

  • Creating custom shapes
  • Creating custom icons
  • The Imitation Game (turning images into shapes)
  • Making PPT into editable PPT (very useful in Gov’t)
  • Create slides that “build”

Baffling Brains

  • Making Brochures and handouts, placemats, and booklets
  • Making slick sheets, One Pagers
  • Making Placemats

Excel Topics

Working with Workbooks

  • Viewing, Renaming, and Color-coding Worksheets
  • Manipulating Worksheets

Working with Multiple Worksheets

  • Creating Linked Formulas
  • Consolidating Information by Position or Category
  • Viewing Multiple Worksheets
  • Using Absolute Cell References

Understanding Functions

  • Creating and Using Absolute Named Ranges
  • Creating a Relative Named Range
  • Using Tables
  • Working with Functions
  • Working with Financial and Date Functions
  • Using the IF Function
  • Nesting Functions
  • Using SEARCH functions for data cleanup
  • Working with Lookup (VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP)

Creating Pivot Tables

  • Understanding Pivot Tables
  • Creating a Pivot Table
  • Using Pivot Tables to answer questions
  • Creating Dashboards from Pivot Tables
  • Creating Charts from Pivot Tables

Working with Formatting

  • Creating and Using Custom Formats
  • Applying Conditional Formatting
  • Creating a New Conditional Formatting Rule
  • Working with Conditional Formatting Rules

Advanced Techniques

  • Cleaning Data
  • Splitting Data
  • Normalizing Data