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Skillshare: Intermediate Excel Tips & Tricks

Do you have the basics down with Excel, but wish you could figure out formulas and mailmerge? Does your boss expect you to create dazzling charts and you don't know where to start? Join Socializing for Justice for our next skillshare on Intermediate Excel Tips & Tricks on December 2, 6:00 - 8:30 PM.

Intermediate Excel Tips & Tricks
In this skillshare, Reed will offer a quick refresher of Excel basics, and then introduce and discuss several tools. He'll provide template spreadsheets with dummy data to practice on.  Skills include powerful pivot tables, colorful conditional formatting, link with lookup/Offset/Match, hop with hyperlinks, clever charts, and fancy formulas.  Reed will also be open to special requests, such as gathering data with Google Forms or digging into data with the Analysis toolpak.  Please bring a computer to follow along if possible. Expect to have a fun:)

Reed Miller is a queer transman on the far left with a soft spot for spreadsheets.  He holds a BS and M.Eng in environmental engineering and an MS in technology and policy.  Currently working as a research specialist at the MIT Materials Systems Lab, his work in environmental impact modeling involves hundreds of spreadsheets, which are in decorated in various hues of purple.  For the past several years, he's volunteered with Black and Pink, often managing and configuring  a database of several thousand LGBTQ prisoners. Currently, he's working to start Electric Slides Cooperative, a conference presentation editing service. 


6:00-6:30 Socializing - bring your own dinner
6:30-8:30 Training and Q&A

DIRECTIONS - The NonProfit Center is located one block from South Station at 89 South Street. The Center is physically accessible through the main lobby.

Socializing for Justice -
SoJust hosts events that draw progressives of all stripes that share common values but may work on different issues. We host monthly socials that allow for the possibility of cross-issue connections and run a monthly Skillshare Series, hosted by The NonProfit Center*, which increases our individual capacity for movement building.

Since 2006, we've been building this great sandbox where we can bring progressives of all stripes together and try out new ideas in this "Movement Moment". Spaces like this are crucial as we start to reframe and build new visions for our movement(s).

With 1800+ members and 5 years of creating a diverse cross-issue community in Boston (100+ events!), Socializing for Justice is the best place to find the great people, organizations and community you're looking for while putting the SOCIAL back in social justice.

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  • Janis M.

    Excellent presentation by Reed and the material was very easy and entertaining to understand. Definitely though in the future bring your tablet or laptop. Maybe it might be better to do separate meetings for pc and mac. You do need to allow for things like various laptop speed and whether the keys are in different places on various brands of computers, probably need to allow for what version of Office you are using too.

    December 3, 2013

  • reed

    Hey folks,
    I appreciate that you came out and also your feedback.
    The files are all available for download here:

    My goal was to touch on all of the topics promised in the description in the workshop so that attendees could get a sense of what Excel is capable of, and then give you a handout with detailed step-by-step instructions of those skills for personal practice, as well as links on the Table of Contents first page of the Intermediate Excel.xls spreadsheet to instructions for each skill.

    It was certainly challenging to describe the different tools with the different versions of Office and different skill levels. If I teach the workshop again, I will make a handout that is for Mac users as well.

    Anyhow, thanks for sticking with it and I encourage you to practice, tinker, and use the Help button now that you know there are really handy things you can do with Excel. It gets easier with practice, and you will save tons of time!!


    1 · December 3, 2013

  • Holly B.

    I got a lot of good info, and will use the resources Reed gave us heavily. I walked away with some helpful suggestions. A lot of the instruction though wasn't helpful because I couldn't keep up with the pace of instruction. This was partly because of different platforms for excel in the class, and partly because Reed wasn't attuned to our participation. I think Reed's excel skills are amazing--I hope he works on his teaching and class organizational skills because he has a lot to share.

    December 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    . Very intense I should have brought my laptop. Wished it was split into 2 workshops. But I did get some pointers will try on my reports this weeks.

    1 · December 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Love the excel workshop wish it could have been split into 2 sections .

    December 2, 2013

  • Robbie S.

    Blog post by Reed Miller available at

    December 2, 2013

  • Robbie S.

    Hand out has a ton of information. I'll definitely need to play with the sample spreadsheet he gave us - to really understand each tip. Just knowing what's possible gives me a sense of what to learn more about. Some tips I can put to use right away - thanks!

    December 2, 2013

  • Mary

    More advanced than I had thought. Moved very quickly, and screen hard to see.

    December 2, 2013

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