Like many other organizations, I suspect, I work with great, dedicated organizers and other staff who prefer the relative speed and simplicity of creating and updating contact lists in spreadsheets rather than in CiviCRM.
A constant challenge is 'selling' users on the many reasons to use CiviCRM rather than creating a contact list in a spreadsheet, which I then must import. Requiring the use of CiviCRM is easy to say but, depending on the culture of an organization, sometimes difficult to do.
So: what are ways CiviCRM admins and users have used to coach/encourage such spreadsheet-preferring users to use CiviCRM?
One way that I will be promoting is using a Search View (based on a Profile) in Advanced Search with a Group previously created - this gives a 'spreadsheet-like' interface.