This episode, it was a great honor to have Mr Excel, Bill Jelen himself. We talked Excel, data, the beginnings of the Mr Excel brand, and disagreements with co-host Jordan Goldmeier about the use of option explicit in VBA coding.
One of my favorite highlights is at 4:30 of the Excel Expert Interview segment: Mr Excel’s confession that he hates rejection and published his own book. It’s a beautiful lesson in creating one’s own opportunities
At 18:05 Mr Excel suggests that we get capes and ride up to random office buildings, find an Excel user and guarantee that we can save them at least 2 hours/day. Named: The Data Cleansers, in a Ghostbusters-style van, making life easier for folks who sling data.
24:35 Jordan questions Mr Excel about “hating on option explicit.” Jordan says option explicit forces more disciplined coding. Mr Excel goes back to the initial reason for option explicit which is now obsolete. There’s no right answer, but there’s a suggestion that Mr Excel and Jordan settle it in a cage match.
And the segment closes (31:40) with the question:
Who’d Play You In An Excel Movie?
- Bill “Mr Excel” Jelen played by Dan Aykroyd
- Oz du Soleil played by Lady Gaga
- Jordan Goldmeier played by Samuel L. Jackson (or Bruce Willis)
- Rick Grantham played by Alfred E. Neuman (or Ron Howard)
The episode was a lot of fun, and hopefully we can have Mr Excel come back soon to share more tips, experiences and humor with the Excel community.
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