Wednesday, July 29, 2009


I taught Excel Functions today.

It's the first time I'd taught it so I prepped yesterday.

I'm always a bit nervous when I have to teach something new.

I don't use functions a lot (just the basics like AUTOSUM) ... I rarely put together IF statements.

But I was psyched and confident ...

... until I discovered during class that the exercise files hadn't been loaded onto my computer by the last instructor (the last instructor sets up for the next instructor).

And I couldn't find them on the server either.

So I copied them from one of my trainees' computer.

Then I discovered that some of the files were missing ... so I improvised.

Then I discovered that the files that were there were wrong ... so I improvised.

I sent out an email to my boss asking her to email the files to me ASAP ... they arrived at lunch time.

After lunch, we had to go back and redo all the exercises.

The class was supposed to end at 4:00 so at 3:45, I started quickly went over what we wouldn't have time to cover and suggested the trainees email the files to themselves and do them at home.

Usually trainees are dying to get out the door ASAP.

Not these ones ... they wanted to go over the exercises no matter how long it took.

Um ... okay.

I get paid by the day so am there 'til the end.

They left at 4:30ish and I set up for the next class.

I've gotta say I'm pretty good at doing functions now, though.


OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Help! LOL! That would be a nightmare to me....But then, I am somewhat computer challanged when it comes to certain things....
You must really be an Expert! It's great that they all wanted to stay and learn to do whatever was needed for Excel.

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Teresa said...

Sorry to hear you had a rough day. Good for you pulling the rabbit out of your hat. Hope today is alot less stressful.

@MuseKaren said...

Hi Teena - thank you for your comment on my blog and reminding me that it is Inspirasana's Blogoversary today! Much appreciated - have a wonderful day :-)


Janet said...

Mercy. You certainly did pull that one out of your hat!! Well done. Just wanted to say thanks for stopping by and was wondering how you happened upon the 32-aker wood.

Nikki-ann said...

I hope you sent the previous instructor an email saying how they'd wasted your time by not setting up for you. Sounds like you've got a good bunch of students there though :)

RennyBA's Terella said...

Sounds to be quite tough, but I know you could cope with challenges like that - well done Teena!