About XelPlus

Excel sure has changed. What started out as a screwdriver is now a power tool.
Which is great because you can do so many things you couldn’t do in the past.

But it also raises a question:

Are everyday Excel users
harnessing the full power of Excel?

In working with professionals every day, I can tell you the answer is a resounding “No.”

We have these incredible tools available… Excel, Power Query, DAX, Power BI… and Microsoft keeps rolling more off the conveyor belt. But who is teaching us how to use them?

There are books, training, and of course short videos on YouTube. But none of these, we’ve found, do a good enough job of 1) Teaching all the features, and 2) Doing it in a down-to-earth, accessible way.

That’s why, when we created our courses, we decided to take a different approach.

Hi, I’m Leila Gharani, the founder of XelPlus. Every 6 minutes, someone decides to enroll in one of our courses. Why are so many people turning to us to learn?

Three big reasons…

This is an excellent course for a newbie or someone who is an intermediate user.

As Excel has expanded and grown, many features have also expanded and grown. This course helped me catch up and put it all together to bridge my old knowledge with new knowledge about the program.

Fred Mercado

First, we provide an easy on-ramp to data power tools like Excel and Power BI. Most training leads with the super techie stuff, which scares people off. We start with the simple stuff. That way, our students get quick wins and gain confidence. Only then do we take you deeper (and believe me, I can get as advanced as anyone).

I love when you take real life scenarios and give us examples on how to engage them in different ways depending on different types of real life demands

Paw Jørgensen

Second, we use real life examples. Let’s be honest – the real world is messy. How many times have you watched an Excel training and thought, “Yeah, I wish my data were that clean & organized!”

I come from the trenches of industry. I know your day-to-day is chaotic and messy. That’s why our training courses assume you’re working in the real world – not in some laboratory under pristine conditions.

Your courses helped me to be more confident at work. I applied so many things I learnt in this course to my projects at work and made my manager and team’s life way easier.

Mo Erfani

Third, we look at the big picture. For example, in our Excel PowerPivot course (a favorite among our students), we don’t just teach PowerPivot and DAX. Instead, we show you how to pull multiple skills together and create a fully functioning Dashboard.

Too many Excel courses miss the forest for the trees. But when you’re able to see the big picture, not only do you gain a better perspective on what you’re building, but you’re better able to help your team and your company.

The truth is if you’re not learning you’re falling behind. That’s why we believe in lifelong learning. And with this fresh approach to teaching, you can bet you’re in the right place to improve your skills, make your workday easier, and advance your career.

I’m Leila.
Nice to meet you.

Me and my team at XelPlus help you master Excel, Power BI, Finance, Sheets and other tools to analyze and visualize data. We design our courses to meet the needs of professionals in the business world.

Our content has been recognized by BBC, Microsoft and CNBC as some of the best in the industry. I’ve also had the honor of receiving the Microsoft MVP award for 5 years straight, which is a recognition of my expertise and contribution to the community.

One of the perks of being a Microsoft MVP is that each month, I can hop on a special video call with the Microsoft team. They fill us in on all the latest features coming down the pipeline.

I love these calls and leave them as excited as a kid on their birthday. But I also ask myself this question: “How are everyday people going to learn this?”

You might be wondering how I got here? My journey to this point was not a straight line. I began my career as an Economist after earning my Masters in Economics. I soon switched to work as an in-house consultant for a multinational paper & packaging company. For years, I worked as a project manager. Working on projects that involved Oracle and SAP solutions. I helped the company adopt new systems for finance and reporting.

Excel has always been my #1 tool. Without it, I’d be lost. And let me tell you – I sure worked some magic at that company. Some of the Excel automations I had to create… wow, talk about beasts.

But you know the saying: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. And safe to say I can now use Excel with the best of them.

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

– Leila Gharani

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So what does this have to do with you?

Well, now that I’m out of the corporate world and an entrepreneur growing this education company, I’m bringing that experience into every training module we release. I don’t teach from the ivory tower; I teach from the real world.

That means explaining topics in laymen’s terms rather than trying impress anybody.
It also means finding smarter, faster ways of doing things. The business world moves faster, and we have a rule around here: There’s always a better way of doing something.

If you’re like most people reading this website, you’re barely scratching the surface of what’s possible with Excel and related tools like Power Query, Power Pivot, DAX, and Power BI. I want you to harness the full power of these tools because when you do, your life will change.

But you need to take a smart approach to your technical education. And that’s what our team wakes up in the morning dedicated to providing. If you want to join us, the next best step is to jump on our email list. We’ll continue the conversation over there, and even have a special gift for you upon subscribing.

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