The "Life Or Death" Excel Essentials Class
($99 LIVE ZOOM Online class)

I will cover the essential shortcuts, formulas, and design techniques you must master to actually make Excel not suck. VLOOKUPS, Pivot Tables, and all.  Start with this class or you'll be lost. 

Upcoming Classes: Summer 2020
Note: each class totals just over 4 hours, meeting for 2 hours Tuesday &  2 more hours on Thursday

  • Tomorrow

    Tues, Aug 25 & Thurs, Aug 27
    (10:00 am -12:15 pm) 

  • Tues, Sep 1 & Thurs, Sep 3
    (10:00 am -12:15 pm) 

Time zone: Eastern Time (US & Canada) 

    What I Cover:

    • Design - The Most Important Part

      How to design a workbook that doesn't become a MESS once you start updating it. We'll also use magical tables that "grow" when you add larger datasets. Yes, this class teaches you how to use Excel, but more importantly, this class teaches you how to actually design proper spreadsheets. Almost nobody knows this part. Because nobody knows Excel. Read more about that here.

    • The Shortcuts

      There are over 500 shortcuts in Excel but you only need to know less than 20 of them! Using shortcuts quadruples your speed. If you practice right ones, you'll become a ninja.

    • Writing Slick Formulas

      The formulas should be doing the work, NOT YOU! Most importantly they should be EASY to read. Yes, Excel does more than allow you to put stuff in boxes!


      They're so useful and almost NOBODY in your office can do them! Once you realize how easy they are, you'll be the Excel STUD of your team. You'll wonder how you used Excel without it.

    • IF Functions

      It's only the MOST IMPORTANT function ever. This gives the formulas the ability to make decisions. This is when Excel becomes powerful.


      The easiest way to get a "subtotal" from a large data set without making a Pivot Table is to use COUNTIF and SUMIF. You should never have to sort your data to figure out a subtotal! I bet MAXIF and AVERAGEIF work the exact same way....

    • The Easy Way to make Pivot Tables

      If you're not using Pivot Tables to summarize you're data, you will DIE once you realize how much unnecessary work you've been doing. Pivot Tables are the best way to summarize your data.

    • And More...

      I knew I was supposed to say "And MORE" so there it is. Bla bla, bla, bla bla. Yes, we'll even learn more. Stop putting it off and register!

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    Meet Your Guru

    Excel Mike

    Founder, Easy Learning Labs

    After escaping Wall Street, Michael went on to design one of New York's most coveted Excel training programs.


    Michael has trained over 50,000 students for clients including JP Morgan, Cole Haan, Kate Spade, RBC, TripAdvisor, Goldman Sachs and Spotify, and SoulCycle.


    Michael's teaching style is highly unconventional, wildly entertaining, and may induce learning. He holds a bachelor's degree from NYU.

    I've seldom learned as much while laughing (or laughed as much while learning). Mike's class is brilliant and, no matter your skill set, age or profession, you simply cannot find a better teacher. Highly recommend checking him out. You'll quickly realize that it's one of the best investments you'll make in your business and your career.


    When I think about the time we've saved using the approaches we learned in Mike's class, I have to say, it's difficult to imagine a better return-on-investment. But, when I think about the clients we've impressed with the skill set honed in Mike's class, it's honestly one of our most powerful secret weapons."


    Mike is a rare talent. He's patient but not condescending, he repeats without being repetitious, he's funny without shtick. In the end, you have fun while you learn more than you would anywhere else. If you want to be in the top 2% of Excel users, take his class. Don't wait. Your career may depend on it.

    PJ Leary

    Founder, PJL Media LLC


      • Is this class really live? 

        Yes! I will personally be hosting the class LIVE and you'll be able to see me and ask me questions. 

      • How does this work online?

        After you sign up we'll email you a link that will allow you to join the live class, which will be hosted via ZOOM. As long as your internet connection is good enough to watch a YouTube video, you'll have no problem viewing the live class. Once you join, you'll see my live presentation in your web browser (Chrome or Firefox or Safari or whatever you use). During class you'll have the chance the ask questions (typed or spoken through your microphone). If you don't want to use your computer's mic, you can also dial-in on a normal phone and still watch the presentation on your computer.

      • I've been using Excel for years. I need VLOOKUPs and Macros! Shouldn't I be taking your "Advanced Class"?

        No. You've probably been using Excel incorrectly for years. Yes, this is class covers VLOOKUPS. And yes, we will cover the most important features in Excel. But more importantly this class teaches you how to actually design functional spreadsheets. This is something almost NOBODY KNOWS. Most people make a MESS. Read more about that here.

      • What if I registered for class but can't make it?

        All registrants will automatically get an email the night after class with a video recording of the class you missed. You'll have 14 days to watch it! If you have any questions you can always email us.

      The thing that I really appreciate about Mike is that he was a practitioner in Finance before he was in instructor.
      And the thing that he's really good at doing is taking things that seem really complicated.. and makes them simple and easy to understand.

      So now, what used to take me a half-hour in Excel only takes me a few minutes. I was so impressed with what I learned in the course, I invited Mike to my college to teach my undergraduates, which he did, and it was great.


      So here's the deal. In this economy, time is the new currency. And whether you're a student or a professional, or you're thinking about improving your professional opportunities, you've got to take this course. It's the best investment you can make.​

      Dawn Fotopulos

      Award-winning Business Author
      Founder of Hidden Profit Academy

      Mike consistently delivers excellent results for Horizon Media employees. We've worked with him for many years and our people continue to ask for him by name, wanting to know when he'll be returning for another session. His fun and engaging teaching style has helped countless employees learn time-saving Excel best practices.

      Chelsea Ramsey

      Learning & Development
      Horizon Media

      Quite frankly, what you learn in that class becomes a superpower. And I want all my friends to have access to the same superpowers. This class is fun and enlightening on all levels. Highly recommended.

      PJ Leary

      Founder, PJL Media

      This is genuinely the best Excel course you will ever take! If you even remotely need to learn how to use excel you will never find a better instructor-- don't let the picture intimidate you!


      He is the the funniest, most genuine, and most importantly  knowledgeable excel teacher not just in NYC but anywhere. I never thought I would say this but I actually had FUN learning Excel. His humor and expertise make for an extremely engaging course that you will likely remember a long time.


      If you want to learn how to use Excel this is the course for you.


      Matias Chaoul

      Assistant Analyst, Finance

      I signed up for Mike's 2-session Excel foundation course. A lot of this course was a repeat of things I knew. HOWEVER, there was so much he covered that I didn't know - like shortcuts and logic used for formula creation.


      He enabled me to streamline how I think and use Excel - including how to organize data, identify and use the optimal functions and formulas and produce the final output and goal - report dashboards highlighting the metrics important to my stakeholders. 


      I'm looking forward to them along with his hilarious and un-intimidating teaching style!


      Susan W

      Dashboard Designer

      This class with Mike was so much fun! He really cared about everybody who was in the class, and made sure that people were understanding what they were supposed to. It just was an amazing class, and I highly recommend it.

      Julie Denini

      Property Management Team
      Stricker CRE


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