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Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic

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Data Storytelling 101 w. Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic

Free the Data Podcast

Learn data storytelling tips with Cole from storytelling with data. Chapters below as well! // About Cole Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic tells stories with data. She is SWD CEO and author of best-selling books storytelling with data: let’s practice! and storytelling with data: a data visualization guide for business professionals, which has been translated into a dozen languages, used as a textbook by more than 100 universities and serves as the course book for tens of thousands of SWD workshop participants. For more than a decade, Cole and her team have delivered interactive learning sessions highly sought after by data-minded individuals, companies, and philanthropic organizations all over the world. They also help people create graphs that make sense and weave them into compelling stories through the popular SWD community, blog, podcast and other resources. // Links Online SWD Community https://community.storytellingwithdata.com/ SWD YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjhGlILWNloXJdR2NTCBMlA Blog http://www.storytellingwithdata.com/ SWD Podcast http://www.storytellingwithdata.com/podcast // Books storytelling with data: let’s practice!  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1119621496/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=storytellingwithdata-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=1119621496&linkId=c74bc50a287b2986edae7e3b95f9f5f4 storytelling with data: a data visualization guide for business professionals http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1119002257?ie=UTF8&creativeASIN=1119002257&linkCode=xm2&tag=storytellingwithdata-20 // Chapters 0:00:00 Intro 0:06:17 How Cole Started Storytelling With Data 0:08:41 Using Natural Human Behavior to Your Advantage 0:11:13 Cole's Entreprenueral Journey 0:16:44 Data Viz Guiding Principles 0:21:37 Storytelling Guiding Principles 0:29:09 Who Makes a Good Storyteller 0:34:41 What Storytelling Can Do For Your Career 0:36:54 What Tools Should You Know 0:41:20 Choosing the Right Chart Type 0:51:22 How to Measure Efficacy in Data Viz 0:53:13 Exploratory versus Explanatory 0:56:27 Defining a Good Graph 0:57:22 What's Next For Storytelling With Data? 1:01:15 Tips for Consuming Data Visualizations 1:05:39 How to Connect with Cole Online 1:07:11 Outro --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ftdacademy/message

1hr 7mins

9 Mar 2022

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Data Storytelling with Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic

DATAcated On Air

One of the first books on data that host Kate Strachnyi read was Storytelling with Data. The author, Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic, is the guest in this episode. Cole has always described what she does as telling stories with data. So she founded a company called Storytelling with Data. Listen in to learn more about Cole’s mission to communicate effectively with data, make graphs that make sense, and weave those into compelling stories. You will want to hear this episode if you are interested in... The story behind Storytelling with Data [02:45] Why is data storytelling important? [10:51] Turning data into stories [15:55] Graph designing tools [22:08] Storytelling with Data community [28:18] Data storytelling and your career [37:13] Focusing on storytelling [45:37] Dynamic storytelling dashboards [51:31] Resources & People Mentioned Storytelling with Data Website Storytelling with Data: A Data Visualization Guide Storytelling with Data: Let's Practice! An Illustrated Tour of the Pie Chart Study Results Adam Ribaudo - VP, Data Activation - Velir | LinkedIn How Charts Lie: Getting Smarter about Visual Information: Cairo, Alberto Connect with Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic On LinkedIn On Twitter Connect with DATAcated http://www.datacated.com/ DATAcated on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/datacated1/ Kate on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-strachnyi-data/ DATAcated on Twitter: https://twitter.com/datacated_ DATAcated on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/datacated Subscribe to the DATACATED On Air podcast--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/datacated/support


6 Mar 2022

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The Secret to Data Storytelling with Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic, Founder and CEO, Storytelling with Data

Data Radicals

We spend our lives surrounded by stories—the ones we hear, read, and watch. Stories are how we learn how to navigate life. Some have played a major role in pivoting how entire industries approach storytelling like The Sixth Sense movie and maybe, if you listen to today’s episode, your next work presentation.Today, we’re hearing from Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic, Founder and CEO of storytelling with data. She shares her tips and tricks for data radicals venturing into the world of data storytelling. We’ll learn how to better understand your audience, what makes a data story captivating, how to improve your public speaking skills and much more. --------"There is so much potential for the person who has strong technical skills and can speak in ways that make other people feel engaged and attentive. People will pay more attention to your data if you can talk to them in ways that make them want to keep participating and become part of that discussion." - Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic--------Time Stamps* (0:00) What The Sixth Sense teaches us about data* (3:13) Understanding your audience* (4:45) Building blocks of a compelling data story * (12:16) Why data enthusiasts need strong public speaking skills* (15:28) The secret to being a great data storyteller* (20:50) The importance of feedback--------SponsorThis podcast is presented by Alation.Hear more radical perspectives on leading data culture at Alation.com/podcast--------LinksConnect with Cole on LinkedInCheck out storytelling with data


19 Jan 2022

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Four Must Read Books for Data and Analytics Leaders with Randy Bean, John Thompson, Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic, and Doug Laney

The Data Chief

As we wrap up Season 2 of the Data Chief Podcast, It’s time to once again thank all of our listeners for tuning in and sending Cindi your ideas, and to all of our awesome guests who willingly shared their time and insights along the way.  This season The Data Chief shared stories such as Sol Rashidi, CAO Estèe Lauder Companies, about how she starts every day by reading for an hour.  Or from Season one, Alberto Rey Villaverdo, Executive Director of Advanced Analytics at VirginMedia, about how he reads an hour or more every single day. It’s those stories that have inspired this special end-of-season episode.In this podcast, Cindi is joined by four distinct authors with must-read books, two new that are new to bookshelves, and two that are time-tested. Be sure to check out the companion blog on thedatachief.com for other books Cindi recommends as well.In this episode you’ll hear from Randy Bean, author of Fail Fast, Learn Faster.John Thompson on Building Analytics TeamsCole Knussbaumer Knaflic on Storytelling with DataDoug Laney on Infonomics: How to Monetize, Manage, and Measure Information as an Asset for Competitive AdvantageKey TakeawaysFrom Randy Bean, Developing a data culture is an ongoing process: Becoming data-driven or developing a data culture is not a destination, it's an ongoing process that never truly ends. In fact, the most sophisticated data companies are often the most worried about how they’re doing. This mindset of continued iteration and improvement is what fuels innovation. When you feel like you have it all figured out, think again.From John Thompson, When building an analytics team, hybrid models deliver the best of both worlds: Although more complex than other organizational models, hybrid data teams allow you to meet the needs of your business in a faster, more scalable, and more effective way. How? At any given time, high-volume data professionals will be focused on repetitive tasks like data acquisition, data integration, feature engineering, modeling, and feeding data objects up the chain, while artisanal data scientists directly interface with the subject matter experts embedded across various lines of business. From Cole Knussbaumer Knaflic, Shape data stories with your audience in mind: When presenting data, it’s important to understand who your audience is. What do they care about? How will this information impact them? What action should they take after receiving it? Tailoring your data story to them and building a narrative arc that takes them along for the journey is key to creating the kinds of a-ha moments that stick.From Doug Laney, Data monetization requires innovative thinking: For many organizations, the value of their data outweighs the value of the rest of their business. Instead of focusing on the limitations of regulations like GDPR or HIPPA when going to monetize it, try to think outside the box. Can your data help you develop a new product or service? Can it forge a partner relationship? Can you sell a derivative of it? The possibilities are limitless.--The Data Chief is presented by our friends at ThoughtSpot. Searching through your company’s data for insights doesn’t have to be complicated. With ThoughtSpot, anyone in your organization can easily answer their own data questions, find the facts, and make better, faster decisions. Learn more at thoughtspot.com. 

1hr 12mins

25 Aug 2021

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Storytelling with Data and Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic

The Presentation Podcast

Episode #126, Storytelling with Data is one of the best books showing effective ways of showing data in presentations. Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic, author of Storytelling with Data, is one of the authorities on effective Data Viz. And this episode of The Presentation Podcast is a fantastic conversation about Cole's background, the Storytelling with Data book, and how to approach Data Viz in presentation design. Join us! Full Episode Show Notes http://thepresentationpodcast.com/126 Show Suggestions? Questions for your Hosts? Email us at: info@thepresentationpodcast.com Listen and review on iTunes. Thanks! http://apple.co/1ROGCUq New Episodes 1st and 3rd Tuesday Every Month

1hr 16mins

18 May 2021

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Storytelling with Data with Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic

DATAcated On Air

Storytelling with Data with Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/datacated/support

1hr 2mins

3 Mar 2021

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Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic on The Importance of Storytelling in People Analytics

Digital HR Leaders with David Green

The guest on this week's podcast is Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic. Cole honed her skills in Google's fabled people analytics team and now helps people and organisations become better at storytelling with data, making sense of data, and weaving them into compelling stories that drive action.Many people I speak to in our field tell me that storytelling is the last mile problem in people analytics. If you don't tell the story in a compelling way that resonates with your audience, then it is highly likely that no action will be taken. That means all your hard work in collecting, cleaning, and analysing data will be a waste of time.In our conversation Cole and I discuss: Why good storytelling is so important when it comes to data visualisation Three tips to improve your storytelling with data skills How to adapt your story depending on the audience Whether AI and Automation is a threat or an opportunity for HRThis episode is a must listen for anyone in a workforce or people analytics role, HR business partners and indeed any HR or business professional who has to communicate data as part of their role.Support for this podcast is brought to you by Crunchr. To learn more, visit https://www.crunchrapps.com. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


17 Mar 2020

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Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic teaches us how to coax stories from data to present and persuade.

My Quest for the Best with Bill Ringle

Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic, author of Storytelling with Data: Let’s Practice!Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic and Bill Ringle discuss how data can be an integral part of storytelling for small business leaders, so that it leads to better insights and better business decisions.>>> Visit MyQuestforTheBest.com for complete show notes and more expert advice and inspiring stories to propel your small business growth.Top 3 Takeaways from this InterviewStart by considering your audience, be very clear on what the point is that you are trying to make.Consider what flow will work best for your audience and your situation and how can you make that data really tell a story that is going to engage your audience.Figure out what does the audience need to know to be in the right frame of mind for the information that's going to provide them with.Interview InsightsRead the Show Notes from this EpisodeCole tells about her inspiration and how they influenced her to connect to her potential. [01:25]People use stories to amplify the effectiveness of using the data to be persuasive. [03:15]It is necessary to change the way your organization communicates with data. [04:18]Cole shares that we are responsible for bringing our audience on a journey, understanding and structuring our story to their needs. [05:16]She recommends that thinking about our data in this way it really forces us to consider our audience and their needs and framing for them. [06:44]How you use this method to help people build effective teams [08:35]Figure out what does my audience need to know to be in the right frame of mind for the information I’m going to provide them with. [12:42]Isn't this what a dashboard supposed to do? [24:10]My Quest for the Best Lightning Round begins. [28:20]Expert BioCole Nussbaumer Knaflic tells stories with data. She is founder & CEO of Storytelling with data (SWD) and author of #1 new release storytelling with data: let’s practice! and the best-selling book, Storytelling with Data: a data visualization guide for business professionals, which has been translated into a dozen languages, is used as a textbook by more than 100 universities, and serves as the course book for tens of thousands of SWD workshop participants. Prior to SWD, Cole’s experience and perpectives were honed through analytical roles in banking, private equity, and as a manager on the Google People Analytics team. At Google, she used a data-driven approach to inform innovative people programs and management practices and traveled to Google offices throughout the US and Europe to teach the course she developed on data visualization. Cole has acted as an adjunct faculty member at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), where she taught Introduction to Information Visualization, and regularly guest lectures at prominent universities in the US and beyond.Cole has a BS in Applied Mathematics and an MBA from the University of Washington. When she isn’t ridding the world of ineffective graphs, Cole is undertaking the adventures of parenting three young children with her husband at home in the Midwest and on travels abroad.Contact Info for Cole Nussbaumer KnaflicWeb address: storytellingwithdata.comTravels from: River Hills, WisconsinSocial  Media Links:​Books Authored by Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic


30 Dec 2019

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028 - Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic On Data Storytelling, DataViz, and Why Your Data May Not Be Inspiring Action

Experiencing Data with Brian T. O’Neill

When it comes to telling stories with data, Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic is ahead of the curve. In October 2015, she wrote a best-selling book called storytelling with data: a data visualization guide for business professionals. That book led to the creation of storytelling with data, an agency that helps businesses communicate more effectively using data, and she’s since followed-up with another best-seller: storytelling with data: let’s practice! Prior to her current role, Cole served as a people analytics manager at Google, was the owner and chief consultant at Insight Analytics, and held several positions at Washington Mutual, among other positions. In our chat, we covered: Why sharp communication skills are integral to telling stories with data The skills data people need to effectively communicate with data Who Cole thinks  you should run your presentations by first, and the specific colleagues you should be sharing them with Why it’s important to practice presentations in informal settings first How looking at data in different formats can help you build more effective presentations The differences between exploratory and explanatory data analysis in the context of storytelling The important role of diction when presenting data Cole’s opinions on the skills many modern workers need around data storytelling Why data visualization and the ability to tell stories is not a nice-to-have skill What Cole’s approach to preparing for a presentation looks like and the format she uses to kick off the processResources and LinksDesigningforanalytics.com/seminar Twitter: @Storywithdata. Company website:  Storytellingwithdata.comQuotes from Today’s Episode“I've always really enjoyed that space where numbers and business intersect and enjoy how we can use numbers to get to understand things better and make smarter decisions.” — Cole “If you're the one analyzing the data, you know it best. And you're actually in a unique position to be able to derive and help others derive greater value from that data. But in order to do that, you have to be able to talk to other people about it and communicate what you've done to technical audiences and to non-technical audiences.” — Cole “When it comes to communicating effectively with data, you can't take out the human part. That's the part where things can either succeed or fail.” — Cole “There's no single right way to show data. Any data can be graphed a ton of different ways. And so when we're thinking about how we visualize our data, it really means stepping back and thinking about what sort of behavior we’re trying to drive in our audience. What do we want them to see in this? And then it often means iterating through different views of the data, which is also a fantastic way just to get to know your data better because different views will make observations easier or less easy to see.” — Cole “As soon as we try to draw attention to one aspect of the data or another, it actually makes any other potential takeaways harder to see.” — Cole “Words are very important for making our data accessible and understandable.” — Cole “Depending on the visualization, what you're doing is you're teaching yourself not to assume that the information is necessarily clear. You're being objective. And it sounds like a dumb question, but that's kind of what I usually recommend to my clients: We need to be really objective about our assumptions about what's being communicated here and validate that.” — Brian “The low-fidelity format—especially if you're working with a stakeholder or perhaps someone who's going to be the recipient—enables them to give you honest feedback. Because the more polished that sucker looks, the less they're going to want to give you any.” — Brian


17 Dec 2019

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EP213 - #Data19 Live - Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic

The Tableau World Podcast

We concluded our #data19 live podcasts by sitting down with Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic (@storywithdata) about how to make better stories with our data and #tableau


13 Dec 2019