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Word, PowerPoint and Excel Masterclass – 1 Day Course – Online

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This course is endorsed by the Institute of Administrative Management

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This 1 Day Course is delivered online and is split into 2 half days.

Dates and timings

15-16 February 2022, 1.00-5.00pm

What will I learn from this Word, PowerPoint and Excel Masterclass?

This Masterclass focuses on using Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint to save you time. As with all computer-based office tools, we tend to use familiar features and functions and ignore the rest. You will learn how to really use these effectively to produce amazing professional documents, spreadsheets and presentations, and with the use of our breath-taking shortcuts, it needn’t take you hours!

 PowerPoint with a PAssion

Many office professionals use Microsoft PowerPoint frequently, but few use this program to its full potential. Making your (or your manager’s) PowerPoint presentation more polished and engaging is easier than you think. During this course you’ll learn some helpful tricks to take your PowerPoint game to a new level.

You would probably agree that most PowerPoint presentations are boring. Too often there are too many slides, too many bullets, too much text. The deck always seems too dull or too exciting. Then there is the speaker who wants to show you they have used every animation and transition…

The truth is good slides require a sound understanding of the basics and then how to go deeper and deeper to get your message across. We will look at all the main features and we’ll start combining them to make beautiful presentations.

What will you learn on the day?

  • Working with slides and text
  • Formatting your slide
  • Master slides
  • Animation and sound
  • SmartArt that’ll make you cry
  • Amending pictures
  • Charts
  • Transitions
  • OMG presenting shortcuts (e.g. making your screen black by pressing one button, drawing on top of your slides during your presentation)
  • Merging pictures
  • Eyedropper fill
  • Icons
  • Every shortcut you will ever need – and more

Free tip: Have you ever struggled to line up your images in your slideshow? Next time press shift + F9. This will display gridlines for you to line objects up perfectly.

Taking the Fear Out of Excel

Many office professionals have a genuine fear of using Microsoft Excel. However, this program is not just a useful tool for accountants and actuaries! Excel has been designed with one goal in mind – it will do what you ask. If you don’t ask correctly it’ll soon let you know.

The secret of Excel is learning how to communicate with it. Excel always behaves in the same way. In this Masterclass we will cover a mixture of basic, intermediate and advanced skills.

  • The absolute basics
  • Handling a cell
  • Moving around cells
  • Formatting and working with your workbooks
  • Charts and tables
  • Paul’s all time favourite tip to find formulas
  • Adding comments
  • Wrapping text
  • Freeze Pane secret
  • The wonders of Paste Special
  • Clearing Cells button
  • Auto fill
  • Quick Totals
  • Producing drop down lists
  • Editing several sheets simultaneously
  • Conditional formatting
  • Splitting text into Columns
  • Printing impossible documents
  • Getting sheets/workbooks to talk to each other
  • Combining two or more formulas
  • The miracle of Flash Fill
  • Having fun with Charts
  • Sparklines
  • Every shortcut you will ever need – and more

Free tips: Have you ever struggled to come up with just the right formula for your work? Next time press shift + F3 and ask Excel what you want it to do. Want to create a chart instantaneously? Select your data and press F11.

Working With Word

Of all the productivity sessions Paul Pennant teaches Microsoft Word has to be his favourite. The shortcuts and approach in Word is something he uses every time he touches his keyboard. Most of the tips are the same in Outlook and PowerPoint too. Double win!

Improve your productivity and efficiency with these useful tips and discover some of the most overlooked features in MS Word.

  • Functions you must add to your Ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar
  • Using Autocorrect in ways you have never before
  • Personalising your bullets
  • Removing format from your text with just two key strokes
  • Format painting at another level
  • Editing a PDF in Word. Yes you can!
  • Applying the colour of your logo/brand to your document
  • Using Styles to save you time
  • Working with large documents
  • Mail Merge
  • An abundance of keyboard shortcuts including Paul’s all-time favourite Microsoft Shortcut
  • And… secret emojis 😎

Free tip: Most people go to their ribbon (or toolbar) to increase the size of their font. If you highlight your text and press Ctrl + [ or Ctrl + ] your font size will decrease/increase.


420 Time saving tips within 150+ pages

Our Word, PowerPoint and Excel Masterclass really scores

All Today’s PA delegates are asked to evaluate the course as it finishes. Delegates regularly give us 5 out of 5, and 1 in 6 have said it’s the best course they’ve ever attended.

Our credentials

Multi Award-Winning PA Training

Today’s PA was named “Best PA Training Provider in the UK” six years running, having been voted for by thousands of Assistants in the PA Voice Awards 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

A Professional Trainer for Professional PAs

Your principal trainer, Paul Pennant, is the founder and Managing Director of Today’s PA. Paul started Today’s PA with a clear vision: to take his own experiences as a PA, office manager, and business director and create training courses that meet the challenging real-world needs and aspirations of modern business professionals.

PAul’s credentials:

✔ Helping Assistants and other Office Professionals to excel in their roles and boost their confidence for over 16 years.
✔ Voted Best Assistant Training Provider in the UK six years running in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 at PA Voice Awards🥇
✔ PAul is a certified Microsoft Office trainer and a Microsoft Office Specialist Master. He specialises in highly practical training on Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Teams, Forms and Planner.
✔ He also provides offers highly effective training on assertiveness, time and stress management, minute taking, project management, and more.
✔ With a post-graduate degree in business studies, few, if any, trainers are better qualified to deliver and lead the workshop for Today’s PAs – for you.

Our clients

  • PAs from over 80 countries have attended our workshops
  • Over 4000 companies, many of them blue-chip, have sent PAs to be trained successfully by Today’s PA
  • PAs fly into the UK from around the world to attend

Your Investment

Your investment is just 429 + VAT.

This includes:

  • Pre/post-course activity listed below
  • Handouts (420 Time-saving tips within 150+ pages) posted to you in advance
  • Today’s PA stationery

Pre/post-course activity

Pre-course assessment

When you commit valuable time to Today’s PA, we want you to know that we understand and recognise that commitment. We want to do everything we can to ensure that the workshop is thoroughly worthwhile for you. Being properly prepared will play a key part in achieving that success. Indeed, your success is our success.

If you get what we promise from the Word, PowerPoint and Excel Masterclass – and we know you will – we are confident you will recommend it to peers and colleagues. So we would like you to complete a short questionnaire, just before you attend the workshop, in order to give us a snapshot of the kind of person and PA you are, how you became a PA and what are your issues, frustrations, hopes, and ambitions.

When you arrive at the workshop, you will feel that you are among friends who understand you – and you are because your trainers and course designers have all been where you are now. Doesn’t that give you a warm, fuzzy feeling?

Before attending you may wish to have a look at a few tips from Microsoft.

Post-course support

Once the workshop is over, we don’t just wave you goodbye and close the door. When you leave, you take with you our ongoing commitment to your success, which includes:

  • Free membership of the Today’s PA network
  • Email support from a nationwide network of experienced PAs
  • A platform to voice your opinions through our regular email newsletter
  • Professional help and information just a phone call away
  • Ongoing help with time-saving tips to make your day easier
  • ‘Hot tips’ email alerts to keep you up to date with the latest advice and info on new courses

Executive summary for managers

To train or not to train? Why bother?

Both inexperienced PAs and the seasoned EA veteran will benefit from our Word, PowerPoint and Excel Masterclass.

We will show your PAs that computer is the best and safest place to store their tasks, projects, lists, thoughts, and anything else they cannot afford to lose or forget.  They’ll also be able to keep track of them efficiently and effortlessly, become more organized and automate those tedious, mundane and time-consuming tasks.

We will show your PAs amazing tips and shortcuts across Excel, Word and PowerPoint, that will absolutely transform the way they work and save them up to 1.5 hours per day. Imagine what they could do with all that extra time! It’s not unusual for our PAs to get in touch with us after the workshop, and report a newly found sense of certitude and satisfaction at work upon their return to the office. This positivity can only mean amazing things for you too!

Why choose the Word, PowerPoint and Excel Masterclass?

What makes this Word, PowerPoint and Excel Masterclass stand out from all the others is mostly that it has been created by PAs and is targeted directly at PAs and other admin professionals. Not only will your PAs be receiving the very best in training from us, but they will be surrounded by a wealth of knowledge and experience in the form of the other PAs present. They will feel positively spoilt by this rare training and networking opportunity, and will return to work feeling confident, empowered, motivated, and of course with completely current expertise.

Group work and discussion are encouraged throughout the workshop. We don’t simply talk at our PAs; we involve them, listen to them and work with them. We make sure your individual PAs needs are met.

We know, that with so much valuable information to impart on our PAs, there really is a lot for them to take on board. That’s why we’ve gone that extra mile to ensure that your PAs really takes away as much as possible from this workshop. We provide them with easy to navigate, comprehensive hand-outs, covering everything discussed in the workshop, and much more. As a graduate of this workshop, your PA will become a lifetime member to our PA network; no question too big or small, we are always at the other end of the phone or email, ready to help.

In-house bespoke training

Even if you can’t make it to one of our venues, don’t despair – why not let us come to you?

There are many good reasons for keeping the course in-house: it makes for greater efficiency and ensures everything is focussed on your organisation’s business. The course can be adapted to your organisation’s specific needs so that it perfectly aligns with its culture and values.

Your PAs can also network and share their experiences of the course, thus strengthening the PA role within your organisation.

Word, PowerPoint and Excel Masterclass – 1 Day Course – Online
Date: 15-02-2022
Days: Live
Location: Online
Places: 5
Price: £429.00
This course gave me the confidence to tackle Excel and the feeling that I can speak the Excel language!
Paul delivered a PowerPoint course to a group of 11 mainly intermediate colleagues. He did so in his usual exuberant, fun and very informative style. This was the second time Paul had carried out a training session (the first being on Outlook) and we all ended the day, having not only learnt lots (the short cuts are especially useful) but eager to try out all the hints and tips Paul had shared with us. Our only problem now is to decide which package we ask Paul to train in next time!
Thanks for the Excel Workshop yesterday. It was really helpful and to my relief you were straight to the point and easy to understand!
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