Scared of Excel? Have to use it anyway? Read on…

Spreadsheets?  Excel?  Eeeeek!

I sit here typing this blog as someone who previously said to all who mentioned the dreaded ‘Excel’ word that I was allergic to Excel and that numbers make me break out in a rash.  For anyone who experiences allergies, like me, you can understand that this is a pretty strong statement and I had no interest in changing my opinion.

Then, I started building a business as a virtual assistant (VA).  I love technology and so I offered out my services on many platforms.  While there was plenty of

work to do with digital marketing, CRM updates, presentations and Word files, there were also plenty of requests for help with Excel spreadsheets…ARGH!  I would take on the easiest tasks possible and fumble my way through, googling and YouTubing when I got stuck, but generally I passed on that work to other VAs.  I soon realised that many people use and need help with Excel files and unless I wanted to continue losing money or worrying that my work wasn’t up to scratch, I was going to have to do something about it.

Thankfully, I had been networking with Tracy Pound, the owner of Maximity, for some time and I knew that they helped people with Excel training.  Prior to approaching Tracy about training I had even signed up to a cheap online Excel course (don’t tell her) but then I quickly realised that online learning wasn’t for me.  I had no accountability and no personal contact so I’m not sure if I got past the first lesson!


I signed up to an Introduction to Excel course and it completely changed my attitude.  Imagine my surprise when Tracy told me that she hates maths too.  Say what?  I told her that I prefer logic.  Tracy agreed and told me that this is exactly how Excel works, on logic!  Sage does the maths for you, you just have to learn how to ask the right logical questions.  I completed the practical half-day course, under the tuition of Sue Green and have willingly used Excel ever since.  I still need help at times and I’m no expert but that’s the way we start with all things, isn’t it?

The funny thing is that since then I have joined the team at Maximity!  Apparently you can be forgiven for having a passion for technology with Excel as the exception (trust me, they’re working on it!)  However, I like to think that I represent the people that don’t like certain aspects of technology but still have to use it and needed the right approach to change my attitude and begin to learn, rather than avoid.


If this sounds like you, or someone in your team, then do give us a call.  We’ll be happy to help.  We also have our Introduction to Excel course running on Wednesday 10th January in Tamworth, so if you are struggling and are making plans to address your training needs for 2018 then get in touch or book on using this link!

Tracy to speak at Orange and Blue Action event on Jan 5th

Our very own Tracy Pound is delighted to have been invited to be a guest speaker at Orange and Blue Action event in January 2018.  Take a look at the details below and get yourselves booked on!  It is geared around personal and business development and so it looks to be the perfect event to kick start your year.  What are you aiming for in 2018?

Here is your personal invitation!

Orange and Blue Action goes live on January 5th and I would love you to join me at the launch event. Orange and Blue Action is the culmination of 12 months soul searching, brainstorming, conversations, collaborations, listening, learning and laughing combined with a few late nights and one or two sleepless ones as well.

So what’s it all about?
In collaboration with successful business woman and coach Jane Weaver and “Mr Motivator” himself, entrepreneur and coach Chris Williams our mission is to help people take ownership of their lives, believe they can achieve and take the necessary action to succeed, both personally and professionally.

Our services cover three critical areas of business and personal development, namely;
Assessments > to improve recruitment, performance and succession planning.
Coaching > to improve mindset, attitude and belief.
Training > to develop productive and motivated leaders, managers and people.

We combine modern day benchmarking and profiling systems with time proven blended learning techniques and well founded coaching to give clients the very best learning experience that guarantees results.

Take a look at

Come and join us at our launch event on January 5th

Guest Speakers

Tony Nutley
Founder & CEO of the UK College of Personal Development
Business Excellence Awards 2017- Best NLP Training & Coaching in UK
Global 100 Excellence Award
ACQ Global Award “UK Gamechanger of the Year 2017”

Tracy Pound
Founder & MD of Maximity Training
Appointed to Board of Directors Comp TIA 2015
Voted Woman of the Year by PCR 2016
Voted in Top 50 Women in Technology 2014/2015


The Orange and Blue “Coaching Consortium”

The Orange and Blue Leaders Master Mind Group

The Orange and Blue Personal Leadership Workshop

The Orange and Blue “Women in Leadership” Campaign


You’ll be just about ready for your first event of the year anyway so why not make it this one?

Friday January 5th
Aston Wood Golf Club
Blake Street
Sutton Coldfield
B74 4EU

Lunch and refreshments provided

RSVP no later than January 3rd to
This is a free event however you need to book your seat to secure your place.
Entry will not be permitted if you have not booked a seat.