Hi. I'm Leila Gharani.

XelPlus is an Excel resource site run by me, to help people gain the knowledge they need so they can create useful tools, solve problems and get more done.

My courses & tutorials are for those who use Excel at work and want to become better. For those that want to contribute by coming up with solutions to problems.

I don’t just want to show you solutions, but to inspire you to experiment, create and share that with others.

The tools we have for data visualization & data analysis have never been so easy to use. We just have to learn what they are, how to use them and how to get creative with them. That’s my aim with this site.

Some Background Info

I received the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in the Excel Category in 2017. Microsoft gives this award to technology experts who passionately share their knowledge with the community. These experts have an unstoppable urge to learn more and master the technology which they then actively share with the greater community. I am honored to be a part of this amazing Excel community.

Aside from this, I’m Microsoft Certified Excel Expert and have over 15 years of experience implementing and training users on Management Information Systems of different sizes and nature – of which include SAP BW and Oracle Hyperion Financial Management.

My background is: Masters in Economics, Economist, Consultant, Oracle HFM Accounting Systems Expert & Project Manager.

The Best Faculty award was given to me by the OECI (Österreichische Controller-Institut) in recognition of the great feedback received from the participants of my training sessions. The Controller Institut promotes research, teaching and training in the areas of controlling, finance and accounting. The Institute has more than 500 member companies.

My passion is teaching, experimenting and sharing. I am also addicted to learning and enjoy taking online courses on a variety of topics.

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I Appreciate Your Feedback!

Thank you for being here and thank you for all the reviews and feedback you have given me.

Hearing how you’re using the new Excel skills to improve and simplify your work encourages me to create more courses, write more articles and create free videos. I am glad to have you here!

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Why Excel? Why me?

First time I used Excel was at my first job as an Economist. Yep – no Excel at University at the time. I was really impressed and overwhelmed by all the options. There was no way, I was going to learn all of that. I concentrated on the basics and searched for what I needed.

I only expanded my knowledge later when I worked as a consultant. That was when I discovered the power and fun of VBA. I built Excel tools, created interactive reports and setup simple reports that were connected to large data sets. I thought I was an Excel expert.

Until I discovered the Excel forums.

I saw answers I never thought was possible to do in Excel. If I did, I would have googled it.

That was when I had my a-ha moment. There is so much more to Excel than meets the eye!

I bought Excel books. Many books. Here was the problem though: I’m a fast learner but an even faster forgetter. The only way the information was going to stick was if I used it at work. I came up with a new strategy:

Every time I learnt something, I thought how and where could I apply this?

When I had to do a new task, I thought – can this be done differently?

It wan’t easy, especially when you’re under pressure. It’s a process. It takes time.

The more you know, the more you can contribute. Learn more. Expand your options.

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Thank you for your trust

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Leila designed an automated report that we use in statutory reporting. This saved us hours of manual work, as the interface with SAP R/3 and the logic was rather complicated…

Martin Hanacek, Group Accounting Manager, Borealis AG

The Excel Visualization training helped me prepare new graphs that can be proposed to group management. The new visualization techniques will help to enhance…

Cecile Hardy, Controlling, Telekom Austria Group

We especially liked Leila’s professionalism, her precise, clear and fast feedback. We would recommend Leila to anyone who needs an Excel Master! She became our hero!

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