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It’s an exciting day at the Collie household.  The one and only Chandoo is on a plane with his family right now, and I’m picking them up at the airport tonight!

For a huge Excel nerd like me, the chance to hang out with this guy over the next couple months is a massive gift.

Multi-Month Skills Swap!

For a long time, I had unconsciously assumed that Excel was a very structured and rigid thing – that all “experts” used in in precisely the same ways.  (At Microsoft, we were exposed disproportionately to the Wall Street crowd, and those folks tended to be rather homogeneous in their discipline).

But when I moved away from Seattle, the first time I sat down with Mr. Excel for lunch here in Ohio, we were immediately “swapping” techniques.  Sentences like “oh wow, I never thought of doing it THAT way!” were common from both of us. 

In recent years I’ve come to expect that as the norm.  Yes, we all do some things similarly.  But we all bring something unique to the mix.  Seriously, everyone reading this has some special angle on things that hasn’t occurred to others.

So the fact that one of the “magicians” of the Excel world is going to be living down the street from me this summer is Fan.  Freaking.  Tastic.  I’m giddy.

A Few Masterclass Openings Remain

I think there are still a few slots open for Chandoo’s Excel classes in Chicago, Columbus, Cleveland, and Washington DC, and the PowerPivot course he and I are jointly teaching in Columbus.  Check out the registration page here for details.

“Real” Post Still Coming

I still want to follow through on last Thursday’s post, so stay tuned.

Rob Collie

One of the original engineering leaders behind Power BI and Power Pivot during his 14-year career at Microsoft, Rob Collie founded a consulting company in 2013 that is 100% devoted to “the new way forward” made possible by Power BI and its related technologies. Since 2013, PowerPivotPro has rapidly grown to become the leading firm in the industry, pioneering an agile, results-first methodology never before seen in the Business Intelligence space. A sought-after public speaker and author of the #1-selling Power BI book, Rob and his team would like to help you revolutionize your business and your career.

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  1. Very Exciting.

    Would you believe that after all these years of talking, today, for me, is officially day 1 of corporate sanctioned PP.

    Let’s get this damn party started 🙂

    1. I live in Cleveland Heights and he is getting an apartment nearby today.

      There is nothing officially scheduled for Cleveland yet but I am sure we will figure something out – whether an actual class, or an informal meet-and-greet, or both, or multiple 🙂

  2. I started a (relatively) new job in Cleveland. Though I couldnt convince my company to pay for the classes as well as the missed time, if there’s something right in my back yard, even if just a simple get together, that would be amazing. Please keep us up-to date about anything going down in Cleveland.

    1. Thats actually pretty funny/accurate. Though it does appear to be making a turn-around, but I think Cleveland gets a pretty bad rap.

  3. I don’t really think Cleveland was ever that awful of a place. Cincinnati – on the other hand…..

  4. It just occurred to me that if ExcelHero & Mr. Spreadsheet were to move to Ohio you would have Chandoo, Mr. Excel and PowerPivotPro all in Ohio thereby moving the center of the Excel universe from Washington state to Ohio.

    1. Not sure that’s such a great idea, kind of how the vice-president and president don’t fly together. Never know what might happen. Better to keep the powers of the excel-syndicate separate 🙂

      1. Well Bill (MrExcel) recently bought a house in Florida and is moving in July. He’s a lifelong Ohio resident, but I move here and he’s gone within four years 🙂

        Rob = sad panda.

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