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Graphical reporting and presentation

Conventions and clarity

     Duration: 60 minutes  
     Format: Interactive webinar  

If you open a book, you can find your way around it. If you open a workbook, you probably can’t. That’s because, the book has many conventions applied and the workbook does not. You waste much time as a result. Apply conventions picked up from this webinar and, before long, you will recoil in horror at what you did before. It’s better still if you can get your whole department singing from the same songbook. Most probably the biggest return for your time invested in Excel training is from learning how to standardise your spreadsheets.

Conventions and Clarity – Individual sheets

  • Apply rules to sheet, row and column headings.
  • Learn rules for inputs, cell formats, colour, fill, alignment, indentation, totals, borders, underlines, case, merging, anchor columns and rows, row heights, hidden rows and columns.
  • Utilise consistent print settings.
  • Understand the optimal arrangement of the parts of a sheet.
  • Use tools to speed up and to ensure consistency.
Conventions and Clarity – Workbook structure

  • Classify each data sheet as one of six types.
  • Add standard sheets Guide and Params for documentation and settings.
  • Discover other standard sheets.
  • Arrange the sheets in right-to-left data flow.
  • Name sheets to aid navigation.
Conventions and Clarity – Charts and tables

  • Determine whether a chart, table or both is the best way to communicate.
  • Know which chart types to use and which to avoid.
  • Learn how to use colour.
  • Format and arrange chart elements in the best way.
  • Remove distractions.


No prerequisites other than rudimentary Excel skills are required.
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.