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Seducing Excel Volume 1: Ooh la la, Quickies!: Enjoy the Sexy Features of MICROSOFT EXCEL 2010 That Men Wish Women Had Too Paperback – December 18, 2014
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"A fun reference guide to some of Excel's special features. Learn shortcuts or quickies in easy to follow illustrations with step-by-step instructions in an entertaining way. Inspired by a sex therapist, the entire book is a tongue in cheek comedic attempt to depict the software as a female and uses sexual innuendo to crack jokes. It is about having fun and exploring the various time saving features that make Excel so powerful.
It is for people who already know the basics... I have picked up quite a few [special shortcuts] myself and can't wait to try them out." - Reader's Favorites --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Sofia Santiago, The Sheet Whisperer™, has been teaching people like you the best spreadsheet secrets and the easiest and fastest time-saving techniques since dinosaurs roamed the earth (like in the 80s.) Sofia is certified by Microsoft as an Advanced Excel 2010 Expert (Microsoft Office Specialist), and she has been told 1,372,029 times that she can turn any “dull” topic into a fun one (until she asked her mom to stop.) Her degree is in Computer Science, her MBA is in Marketing, and she’s seriously considering getting a Ph.D. in Right-Clicking. With 20+ years of international experience as a bilingual speaker and trainer, Sofia loves helping others develop their leadership, communication, and intercultural relations skills. She’s a kick-butt Latina™!
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Top Customer Reviews
From its gorgeous presentation and expertly outlined procedural steps to the hilarious sense of humor (thank you, thank goodness, life is short!) this book excels (no pun intended, well ok maybe a little pun...) in its wonderful step-by-step learning examples combined with the (OMG) mind-blowing graphics. It's an eye catching work that I know will appeal to every reader. With profound depth, the subject layout and examples are the best I've seen by far in any Excel reference; I found the reading enjoyable and engrossing, and again the humor such a refreshing change, the graphics and layout simply exquisite. Clearly, a great deal of thought and work was put into this book, -kudos to the author as this is an area where others tend to fail often and quickly, and lose their targeted audiences.
VERY impressed, with the amount of forethought that has gone into the work's preparation, execution, and its excellent, highly enjoyable implementation that sets it apart from others. Not only in the all-important technical areas of Excel, but also in its ability to engage those who have in the past perhaps been put off a little by other far less stellar attempts to do the same.
The price is just as amazing, I will be taking my personal copy (yes, with my name written across the pages!) to the workplace with me, and shortly requesting additional copies VIA our corporate director of training for use by others within our organization. On a personal note, I can think of more than several friends and coworkers who will take to this excellent work like a "duck to water" and thereby benefit immediately; the impact of which to their career's future a gift of untold value. -I can pay this work no higher compliment.
Malcolm Al Huber LSS BB
* Detailed enough to be helpful but not daunting. Good for the beginner or someone who has been using Excel for a while.
* Will not appeal to the deep techies particularly. Information density is a bit low for hardcore types.
* Covers a wide range of topics
* Format is cute and unintimidating but still effective as a teaching aid.
PS: I hope my review was helpful. If it was not, then please let me know what I left out that you’d want to know. I always aim to improve.
Not a beginner, certainly. Although the chapter called Introduction is cutely subtitled "a.k.a. Foreplay," it still assumes a basic familiarity with the program, to the point of being able to handle most basic tasks, become bored with them, and be interested in means of speeding (all right, spicing) them up.
Nor is it just a joke book. The writer has a sense of humor, certainly, and she milks her concept for all it is worth, and way beyond. The idea is that Excel is like a woman, and using it with finesse is kind of love-making that goes far, far beyond the basic missionary position. So Santiago finds doubles-entendres in everything possible, and much that is frankly a stretch. So we get [all these in quotes]; foreplay and quickies, getting down to business, ways to enter faster, G-spots, hot keys you'll enjoy pressing, wow things you can do with the thingy, multiple OMGs, the happy ending, and even how to avoid premature navigation. And these are only in the index; read further in the book, and you'll be bombarded with sophomoric innuendo that most frat boys would probably find excessive. As a book of humor, it is probably something you would leaf through, read a few chosen lines aloud for a laugh, then put aside.
Yet much of its information IS worthwhile. Santiago gives you ways to manicure your spreadsheets, speed up repeated operations, add things other than figures and labels, and use sound. The "thingy" referred to above is the black dot at the bottom right of an Excel cell, also known as the "autofill handle." I knew about this, of course, but she told me far more things to do with it than I thought possible. Were I able to read in a more relaxed manner, I might go through it again, trying some of the exercises and working out how I might use them; it is not something to have open while actually working on a project. Yet to get anything out of it, you have not only to handle all those sexual references, but cope with a visual style that seems designed for an ADHD reader on speed: every paragraph in a different format, and diagrams that present the information in helpful but visually jarring ways.
So who is the target audience? Not I. Santiago is a fount of information, but -- speaking for myself -- I would find it more usable if it emerged in a single stream rather than the dancing fountain show you find in this book.
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