“Experts step outside their comfort zone and study themselves failing.”

—Josh Foer #99conf

“You can’t get to wonderful without passing through alright.”

—Andrew Zuckerman (via Bill Withers) #99conf

My name is Anne Walsh and I have been teaching Excel since the mid-90’s. I have written 8 books on Excel – 7 for BookBoon and Your Excel Survival Kit – Your Guide to Surviving and Thriving in an Excel World.

I am inspired by the quotes above. What really inspires me is the idea of helping you to learn to love Excel and to realise what a remarkable powerful tool it is…

I hated computers in University in the 1980’s and if you had told me at the time that I would now be teaching, I’d probably  have thought you were mad. My first job after University (Galway, Ireland) was in Cameroon, Africa which I absolutely loved.

When I returned to Ireland I worked in industry for a few years and ended up teaching at a third level college for people with disabilities.

However, through a combination of circumstances – when my boss at the time asked me to start teaching computers – I found myself with my first computer (486 X with a massive 4MB of RAM memory and with Windows 3.1 installed) and discovered my inner geek.

In 1996 I moved from Dublin to Galway and in 1997 became a freelance IT trainer which I have been ever since. My business comes through word of mouth, referrals and repeat business. You can read some of the testimonials here.

I have completed all the MOS certifications to the highest level. I am a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) .

In other parts of my life I have also completed a MA Education, Diploma in Spiritual Direction and Diploma sa Ghaeilge. I am married with one 17  year old son. He is also deeply interested in technology and has a blog Single Handed Techie.

My current geek interest at the moment is getting up to speed with Powerpivot – the remarkable new add-in for Excel which allows you to work with large amounts of data…

If there is anything you would like me to write a blog on – please let me know.