Excel Pivot Tables: Getting Your Data to Talk


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Add pivot power to your Excel skillset

Want to drill down into your data and find precisely the information you want? It's easy when you know the techniques revealed in Excel Pivot Tables: Getting Your Data to Talk.

This concise Executive Summary will help you quickly master Pivot Tables. Your success and satisfaction are guaranteed.

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Dear Colleague:

How do you go from data to usable, actionable information?

That’s the challenge with Excel. To take all those cells and columns and rows of numbers, and make them say something to you. Something you can understand and act upon.

There are basically two ways to do it. You can do endless sorting, filtering, copying and pasting. Or you can use the powerful tool that Microsoft embedded in Excel® decades ago: Pivot Tables.

Pivot Tables are simple, powerful tools to help you drill down into data and extract the information you need. But even with simple tools, you must know how to use them. And the best way to drill down into Pivot Tables is with Excel Pivot Tables: Getting Your Data to Talk.

This Executive Summary is a mere 17 pages long. But page after page is rich with techniques on how you can use Pivot Tables to mine your Excel data. Through clear text and 25 screen captures, you’ll discover:
  • How to begin: structuring your data so Pivot Tables can extract the info you need
  • How to make Pivot Tables interactive with filters, report filters and Slicers that add even more power and flexibility
  • Advanced features, including security considerations, the right and “almost right” way to add formulas and Sparklines (don’t know what Sparklines are? Get this report!)
Following the detailed, step-by-step instructions in Excel Pivot Tables is like learning a foreign language at lightning speed. You’ll immerse yourself in Excel … achieve total fluency with Pivot Tables … and teach your data to speak volumes.

Before we continue, two quick notes:
  1. Excel Pivot Tables is designed for users who are new to creating Pivot Tables. But even if you’ve used Pivot Tables created by someone else, or created a few of your own, this training will teach you plenty of new tricks.
  3. The Executive Summary is based on Office 2010 but is widely applicable to Office 2007 and Office 2013. So whatever recent version of Office you’re using, you can look forward to a huge increase in pivot power.
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If you want your data to talk, there’s one person you should listen to: our training expert, Melissa Esquibel.

A Microsoft Certified Trainer, Melissa brings you more than 25 years of expertise in both information technology and training. Her combined skillset means she’s uniquely qualified to improve your Excel skills.

Melissa has personally written the text and chosen the visuals that will help you achieve Excel fluency in record time. She originally presented this training as a live webinar. It was so powerful and so popular, we asked her to turn the presentation into an Executive Summary.

Now you can have her proven techniques available whenever you need them. She has even included the audience Q&A to enhance your understanding.

Your training begins with the basics: THE WHY AND WHAT OF PIVOT TABLES. Melissa explains:
  • Why Pivot Tables are so important. It’s not as if we’re lacking for data these days! But has the usefulness of data increased at the same rate as the raw data itself? Not at all. Pivot Tables help you address that sorry situation.
  • How easy it is to use Pivot Tables. Can you check boxes and use drop-down filters? Congratulations, you can create and work with Pivot Tables.
  • What Pivot Tables do and don’t do. Pivot Tables let you slice and dice data without changing a spreadsheet or database, then turn the data to view it from different perspectives. Hence the term pivot and the power of Pivot Tables.
What’s next? Melissa has you dive right into HOW TO BEGIN. You’ll discover:
  • Hardware and software considerations. Including how to lighten the load and increase speed if you’re taxing the capacity of your computer. Plus, how you must structure your data in Excel so you can work with Pivot Tables.
  • How to create a Pivot Table from the data itself. Here’s where Melissa’s step-by-step text and screen captures really shine. She shows you exactly how to proceed, from where to place your cursor to how to place your new Pivot Table on a dashboard-style worksheet.
  • How to create a table from a different worksheet. Want to work backward from a worksheet to a Pivot Table? Melissa shows you how to do that, too. With helpful tips, such as allowing for expansion without overwriting any existing data.
  • Excel Pivot TablesHow to create a table from a different workbook. So you can keep your source data in its original workbook while creating your Pivot Table in a new one—and work on both at the same time.
  • Techniques for refreshing data and taking “snapshots.” Pivot Tables do not automatically update when your data changes, but Melissa gives you a shortcut to refresh your tables. Plus, you can take a “snapshot” of a table in another worksheet to avoid any inadvertent updating—or send it to a colleague without risk of “deconstruction.”
  • Easy ways to add data. Melissa uses a clever “canvas, paint and brush” analogy to explain her techniques, then dives deep. You’ll learn how to manipulate data with no danger of losing your hard work along the way. Plus: how to change Value Field Settings.
  • All about formatting. Want to improve readability and clarity? Learn how to add color and how to protect your number formats from disappearing. Melissa gives you a tip on recording Macros, too.
  • Pivot Charts, too. Discover the difference between tables and charts, how they link and how to keep track of them by color-matching the tabs.
Are you getting an idea of how detailed this training is … and how much power it gives you? Well, keep reading, because there’s even more …
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Once you’re up to speed with Excel Pivot Tables, this Executive Summary turbocharges your skills with interactive and advanced techniques.

If you know Business Management Daily, you know the value we pack into our products. Excel Pivot Tables is no exception. When we asked Melissa Esquibel to add even more helpful content, she delivered—and you benefit.

The section on MAKING PIVOT TABLES INTERACTIVE takes your skills—and the power of your data—to the next level. For example, if your Pivot Table shows all employees in your organization, but you want to look at only a particular cost center or geographic location, interactive features let you do that in multiple ways:
  • Filter and sort. You’re familiar with filters in regular worksheet data and tables. Now you’ll be able to use filters in Pivot Tables, with several options for sorting.
  • Report filter. Want to go beyond simple filtering? Report Filter lets you filter your results without creating an additional subtotal level. The benefit: You can create multiple Pivot Tables of similar structure with different Report Filter selections. And not just for single items—you can select multiple items, too.
  • Slicers. A new feature in Excel 2010 and 2013, Slicers give you a more user-friendly way to filter reports. As always, Melissa gives you every detail you need to know, such as how to use the Slicer Contextual tab to customize size and appearance. Plus a tip on using GetPivotData formulas.
The value keeps coming with ADVANCED FEATURES, including:
  • Security considerations. Melissa shows you how to preserve interactivity but protect your Pivot Table structure and data from “deconstruction.” (There’s that word again … for good reason—you must know how to prevent it.)
  • Formulas. Learn the right way and the “less than perfect” way to add formulas to a PivotTableReport. You’ll need to understand relative cell reference, calculated fields and calculated items. (Don’t worry; you will.)
  • Sparklines. Added to newer versions of Excel along with Slicers, Sparklines let you add small graphs, integrated with your data, to represent trends. This illuminating feature is yet another way to go from just reading data to truly understanding it.
Can you feel your pivot power growing? The power to take data and turn it into actionable information so you can make smarter decisions? It gets even better …
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Excel Pivot Tables: Getting Your Data to Talk is based on one of our popular live webinars. You get all the content, even the answers to questions from the audience. It’s all the more reason to get this Executive Summary—with the reassurance of our money-back guarantee.

Because Melissa Esquibel draws a crowd for every webinar, she always gets good questions—perhaps questions you would ask. You’ll have her answers to:
  • Can I pivot a Pivot Table? The short answer: sort of. The report gives you the detailed explanation.
  • How can I pivot data that’s in a database or on the Web? Melissa shows you how to use External Data options to expand your pivot power.
  • Is there any way to pivot multiple worksheets or workbooks? In fact, there are several ways, depending on what you mean by “multiple.” Melissa’s text and charts make it clear.
  • Why do I get an error message that says a field name is not valid? It’s caused by column headings—or lack thereof. The fix for this is simple.
  • Can I have my Pivot Table in one worksheet and my Sparklines somewhere else? Excellent question! For the excellent answer, get this report.
The amazing thing is, you get the answers to all these questions and the guidance you need on all these topics in just 17 pages, as I mentioned earlier. After all, you use Excel to save time with crunching data, so we make the most of your time with this training. Every word or screenshot counts.

Yes, you’ll be pivoting tables with the best of them in no time. Which means you’ll get more out of your data in less time. Think about the boost in productivity you’ll get from having a better handle on your data. The bottom line: It’s time to order Excel Pivot Tables: Getting Your Data to Talk.

One more note on value. I told you that offering value to our customers is all-important to us. There’s no better Excel Pivot Tablesexample than this Executive Summary. The attendees at Melissa’s live webinar—the one the summary is based on—paid $197.00 for her live training and were glad they did. You’ll pay far less for the same content in the Executive Summary.

Remember, you have my money-back guarantee. You can get every penny back with no questions asked. That’s how I do business—and how confident I am that you’ll want to keep this report once you get your hands on it.

Get the report and get going with Pivot Power. I promise your productivity will zoom ahead—and you’ll never look back.


Phillip Ash

Phillip A. Ash
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P.S. What’s the value of one smarter decision? That’s what using Pivot Tables to turn Excel data into usable, actionable information is all about.

Could a smarter decision be worth five figures? Six? Seven?

What if you made many smarter decisions? How would they impact your organization—and your career?

How many more reasons do you need? Order now.

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