I live on both sides of my brain and while I was learning Excel I was slow in producing needed documents. Because of my creative, and sometimes perfectionist/control freak nature, I had to learn how to see the forest through the trees and deliver simply on function instead of presentation. After learning the basics and a few additional features, I was able to deliver both presentation and function.
In today’s fast-paced business environment it is necessary and advantageous to be able to drive business, revenue and profit while being able to communicate effectively and quickly. Excel helps us do that quickly. Knowing some of Excel’s additional functions helps us do that with a little more style.
Sparkline Charts allow users to analyze trends on the spot, allow the creator to design in one click and unlike other charts, these sparkline charts print with the spreadsheet. For example, take a quarterly review of sales per sales rep and their quota attainment. With these two additional features, my VP of sales and CFO can quickly and easily visually digest given data.