A Before and After Data Story
“There are 4,000 people listening to you in this webinar.” “There are 300 people, who have registered for your speaking engagement today.” “There are 200 people dialling in from around the world to hear you speak.” These are some statements I am grateful to have heard over the last one month. Every time I heard these statements, I would first be filled…

Data Storytelling : What you can see, but they can’t!
The most basic rule of data storytelling: I must tell the story that only I can see, but they can’t. Chris is 28 years old and working as a data analyst for an e-commerce company. Everyday, her computer screen is filled with numbers that she analyses. When asked what exactly is her role in the business? Her response is, “I make meaning…

Data Storytelling: Is Data Evidence Enough?
In the past, data was only available to researchers and scientists but now we are inundated with data. This data inundation has led to many problems. One of them is instead of using data to influence decisions we are using data as an evidence alone. But the question we have to ask ourselves is when does data like 36,000 employees, 36 locations,…

Data Storytelling 4 Min Video By Hans Rosling
Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes – The Joy of State – BBC Four video published in November 2010 is still one of my favourite examples of Data Storytelling. Many credit data visualisation and technology used for this amazing video but in my view the beating heart of this fantastic data storytelling video is Hans Rosling’s ability to storytell. I…

Data Storytelling: Story Before Suggestions
Sam and his team, having worked hard to find an insight from data that they have received from their ecommerce team, finally find a meaningful insight after weeks of slicing and dicing the data. Excited, they walk in to a presentation to share the insight. Their presentation is structured like this: – We are here to make the following suggestions for an…

Data Storytelling: 5 short, free tutorials…
Words have always been the most natural way to tell stories. However, the rising importance of data has created a new need for us, which is to tell a story with numbers. Something that doesn’t come naturally to us. We have always presented an analysis of numbers. Hence, we are great at analysing the data but not so great at being able…