I am a mid-career professional who has spent 27 years in corporate roles. After leaving my corporate berth seven years ago, I was at a crossroads. I had loved my job, and whatever I did, I wanted to enjoy it just as much or even more!
I had been teaching Microsoft applications at my local library, and was energized each time my students had an ‘ah ha’ moment.
One thing led to another, and I took some tests to become a Microsoft Certified Trainer.
Once I was certified, I began teaching Microsoft applications as a freelance trainer. And that’s been awesome! Technology changes every single day so I have to learn something new every day. The more I trained, the more I wanted to specialize in an area, and get deep. I love Excel (despite crying through every math class I have ever had), and started dabbling in Power BI.
After a year and a half, I decided to see if I could get certified in Power BI. And within six months, I became an M.C.S.E in Data Analytics. This certification has been joined by several more over time:
I now try to spread my enthusiasm for Power BI in a variety of ways. I deliver training on Power BI, I create and deliver workshops and speak at user groups. My natural audience are Excel users who want to start using Power BI.
I speak at Power BI events as often as I can. My speaking engagements have, of course, diminished during COVID, but I hope to get back out on the speaking circuit now that COVID is receding.
In 2022, I did a thing that I never thought I would do: I wrote a book. Here it is:
The target audience is my favorite “peeps”: folks who are coming from Excel into Power BI, and need to learn some basics skills in Power BI. Don’t worry if you do not need (or want) to pass the PL-300 certification. I didn’t write it just for that purpose. I also wrote it to help the newbie “flatlander” gain some basic skills.
If you need training on Power BI, Excel 2016, Power Pivot (Excel 2016) or the Power Query Editor, let’s talk!