No Accounting for Taste ep 12: Spreadsheets, public speaking and tech
Have spreadsheets had their day? Xero’s Gary Turner joins the AccountingWEB editorial team to discuss this as well as public speaking and the age-old battle: Windows vs Mac.
Spreadsheets have come under a lot of flak as of late. Support for the accountant’s favourite tool was not helped by the Conviviality’s £5.2m arithmetic error. But spreadsheet supporters railed against any whispers of the tool’s demise.
Spreadsheets are risky and mistake prone. But as a recent AccountingWEB article showed, they’re not going anywhere. But one person who disagreed was Xero’s Gary Turner.
— Gary Turner (@garyturner) April 14, 2018
Turner rebutted the durability of the beloved spreadsheet with business editor Francois Badenhorst, John Stokdyk and Richard Hattersley on the No Accounting for Taste podcast.
The pod then goes from presenting numbers on a spreadsheet to the art of presenting. The fear of public speaking is one of the most common phobias, but by becoming an effective public speaker can help accountants in both practice and business attract potential clients or present to the team.
Self-professed gadget-geek Turner talks desktop tech, inspired by an Any Answers thread which pitted Mac against Windows.
Later, editor Tom Herbert wires into the pod from Las Vegas where he reports on this week's SuiteWorld.
Enjoy the podcast, and if you’d like more information on the stories discussed here are the links:
- Spreadsheets are risky, mistake prone - and they're going nowhere
- Gary Turner: What’s killing spreadsheets?
- CABA: Ten ways to improve your presentation style
- What we learned at: SuiteWorld2018
- Any Answers: To Mac or not to Mac
- Find out more information about the Accounting Excellence Awards and the Software Excellence Awards here.
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