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Excel expertise
28 years’

Business planning

Forecasting, Solver, Goal Seek, Scenarios

Series of 2 training webinars (attend either or both)

     Duration: 60 minutes each  
     Format: Interactive webinar  

You have business data, but need to determine the trend so that you can forecast. What type of trend do you expect? How do you decide whether to fit a linear or a more complex trendline? Once you have fitted a trendline, how can you assess its performance? Is it even a good fit? Discover the answers and how easy forecasting is in Excel.

  • Chart trends.
  • Forecast with regression analysis.
  • Determine goodness of trendline fit.
  • Forecast with multiple variables.
  • Generate a formula that calculates forecast values.
  • Account for seasonality.
  • Discover LINEST, exponential smoothing and moving averages.


At a minimum, you should be able to create basic arithmetic formulas and use the SUM function. No statistical knowledge is needed.

Solver, Goal Seek, Scenarios
Many business problems have more than one potential solution; of course, you only want the very best solution. What staff schedule minimizes wage costs? What is the most profitable product mix? How can you compare multiple solutions to determine the optimal course of action? Learn to use different Excel tools – Solver, Goal Seek, Scenarios and DataTables – in order to make the best decision, every time.

  • Use Solver to calculate optimal solutions to problems that have constraints.
  • Solve the classic problem of what to ship from which plants to which warehouses.
  • Find the selection of deposits that maximises total interest.
  • Apply Goal Seek to determine what the input needs to be to achieve the desired result.
  • Set up a model with multiple scenarios and compare one scenario against another.
  • Employ Data Tables to run a model with differing assumptions and compile a comparison table.


You are beyond the basics of Excel and are involved in business planning.
Applies to all Excel versions including 2013, 2010 and 2007. Any differences are pointed out.


Live webinar format

See the presentation on your PC screen and hear the presenter either from your PC speakers/headphones or on the telephone.

Type questions on the chat line during the presentation. Questions will be answered by the co-presenter.

Stay engaged with multiple-choice quizzes.

Test out the webinar technology with one of the free Excel 10-minute tips webinars.


Each webinar has a main presenter and a co-presenter, who share the presentation and question-answering. Having two makes it more engaging, and different viewpoints expressed makes it clearer.

There are a number of different AbleOwl presenters, all of whom are Excel specialists.

Excel versions

Unless specified otherwise, all webinars cover all current Excel versions from 2007 onwards. Any differences among versions are pointed out.


Webinar characteristics AbleOwl Others
Two presenters share the teaching, so one can answer queries, and the dialogue between makes the webinar more engaging. ***** *
You’re encouraged to interact with the presenters through quizzes and chat-box discussions: you’re not a passive observer. **** **
Presenters are Excel specialists, can give additional insight and answer any queries. ***** ****
Each different presenter brings his/her own personality and humour(?). **** **
You discover not only Excel parts, but also how to structure and standardise, like learning not only words, but grammar too. ***** *
You get a step-by-step PDF manual sent in advance to preview and review. ***** *
You can take advantage of expert post-webinar email support to help you get the full benefit from your new skills. ***** *
You are provided a clear and consistent learning path, without duplication, by the depth and breadth of webinar series topics. ***** ***
You can purchase multiple vouchers at considerable savings. **** **



"Great. I was able to follow really easily and it flowed along logically. Good pace. Good to have the 2 presenters i.e. who can “chat’ about what’s being done, giving 2 points of view etc."
Debbie, Financial Accountant, Hamilton, New Zealand

"I would like to send you a thank you for the clearly presented and well paced webinar I took part in yesterday. This was my first ever webinar and also my first interaction with your company and found it to be a beneficial and enjoyable experience. I look forward to my next webinar and your tips etc."
Fiona, Office Manager, Brisbane, Australia

"The rapport between Paul and Grant was great and makes it more interesting than a one way presentation."
Maureen, Accountant, Taupo, New Zealand

Cancel up to five working days before the webinar and receive a full refund. All cancellations must be notified in writing, that is, by email, fax or post. Another delegate may be substituted at any time.