Author Archives: Jordan G

10 hours left to get My Excel Dashboard Pro Course

Hi, all. I was debating doing a post on this, but the books say to do it–so I will! (Who am I to second guess the wisdom of online marketing eBooks?) Hopefully, many of you have already signed for my free 3-part video series. (Once you put in your email, you’ll be emailed a page with the three videos. No purchase necessary, though, if I’m being honest, I will encourage it. )

As you might recall, the Excel Dashboard Pro cart opened last week. Today is the final day it’s open. So if you would like to learn how to take the stuff I talk about Dashboards for Excel and see it with visual instruction–with new and updated material–this is your chance.

Click here to purchase my Excel Dashboard Pro course. I’ll also throw in the coupon code, VLOOKUP2017 for a 20 percent discount. There are a limited number of these coupons, and I’ve given them out at my speaking gigs. Once there done, they’re done. So grab yours sooner rather than later.

Thanks to everyone who has already signed up to the free video series and has given us terrific feedback. You rock!

And hopefully, after this launch, I can get back to writing.

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FREE 3-part Dashboard Video Series

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Hi there, friends. In celebration of my new course for Excel.TV, I’ve released a free 3-part video series around building dashboards. The videos are as follows:

  1. Awesome Benefits of Building Dashboards With Excel
  2. 5 Rookie Dashboard Mistakes That Even the Experts Miss
  3. Excel Dashboard Questions Answered

All you need to do is go to excel.tv/training/ to sign up. Video 1 and 2 have already been released, and we’ve had some awesome comments on both. They say I’m too honest for my own good, but of both videos so far, video 2, 5 Rookie Dashboard Mistakes, is a clear favorite–so definitely check it out. (Plus, you know, it’s free.)

After almost a year of working on this material, I’m incredibly excited to release it. I did a podcast with John Michoaloudis earlier today  (make sure to check out his podcasts), and I told him that for so long I had wanted to write a book! Turns out, I think I might enjoy doing video, too. With videos–and online courses, in general–you have the benefit of community. And sometimes it’s just easier to explain things in and learn from pre-recorded video.

The course will be available for purchase from January 28th, 2017 until February 7th, 2017. And because we’re just opening it up for first-time sales, I’ll offer you, dear readers, a handsome discount.

Hopefully, after the course is over, I can get back to blogging! Yes, I know I said I love video, but I also love blogging. So thanks for your patience.

And, I’d love to see you in my course.

 

 

A Dashboard Video Course

Hi, there! Long time no see, am I right? Well, most of you have realized that my major focus this last year or so has been developing Excel.TV. And boy, what a I ride it’s been. Excel.TV now boasts tons of content. And, for the first time ever, I’m proud to introduce my first video course!!!!!! (So many exclamations!)

I’m excited to let you all know about Excel Dashboard Pro. This course was a lot of fun to make and so I hope you have fun watching it. It brings together a lot of the stuff I’ve talked about over the years.

Now, listen, audience. You all know how I role. This video course isn’t like others. A lot of Excel classes focus on VBA and macro coding. But my whole shtick in this video series is getting you up to speed quickly. So I’ll be showing you some crazy awesome dashboard techniques without touching a line of code. I’ll show you how you can use formulas to always keep your dashboards showing the most up to date information. And I’ll show you how to develop well, so that your colleagues can figure out what you did.

Click here to join the wait list!

Or, go directly to Excel.TV/Training

Why? Um, because:

  • you’ll be the first to learn about the course opening, and
  • you’ll also get access to free exclusive video content on the best tips and worst dashboard mistakes.

Also, because, it’s my first video course, and I’d love if you joined me.

Until next time… keep on Excel’n.

 

 

Three Common Dashboard Mistakes

I recently contributed to the article on MRC’s Cup of Joe Blog called 7 harmful business dashboard mistakes. I’ll excerpt a version of what I said below, but you should follow the link to read the whole thing. (I’ll use the original version I sent to blog so as not to compete for search keys.) I’ll also add two more. So here they are, three common dashboard mistakes that organizations make.

1. Data Dumping

This is the process of placing everything on a dashboard because you are either unsure of what stakeholders truly want or because you want to make everyone happy. Either way, the result is usually a confusing mess. Dashboards that attempt to be everything to everyone become nothing to anyone.

2. Bad Data Visualization

BI vendors have convinced us flashy, three-dimensional charts will save our businesses but data visualization research suggests they hurt more than help. Stick with the charts you know and avoid the stuff that looks complicated and self-indulgent. Dashboards aren’t marketing material; they don’t need to flashy, glitzy, over-the-top, or manipulative.

3. It’s Not a Technology Problem

So many business start dashboard projects only to spend 80% of their energy on researching and integrating a new BI platform and 20% on the dashboard itself. Those numbers ought to be the other way around. Dashboards are a business case, not a technology project. When we treat their development like a technology project, we face the budget and schedule overruns so familiar to IT departments.

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Going’s On…

It’s been a while since I last posted and there’s some interesting stuff going on.

Two-day Excel analytics short course in Cincinnati, Ohio

I’ll be teaching a two-day short course at the University of Cincinnati on analytics with Excel. This will be my third time teaching at the University of Cincinnati center for Business Analytics. These classes are among my favorite to teach, and I always have a great time. If you are in the area, make sure to sign up.

Click here to register!

PASS Business Analytics Conference Speaker

I’ll be speaking at the PASS Business Analytics Conference again this year. Click here to see my profile and register!

Excel Modeling and Analytics Video Course

I’m currently developing an online video course in Excel modeling and analytics. I haven’t really come up with a catchy name yet. But I’m very excited about this project. I expect to be complete sometime this summer, but if book writing is any indication of my ability to stick a schedule, it might be the end of the year!

Anyway, this will be a great course. Stay tuned!

Oh yeah, buy my new book, Dashboards for Excel.