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Storytelling with Data : A Data Visualization Guide for Business Professionals

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Don't simply show your data tell a story with it! Storytelling with Data teaches you the fundamentals of data visualization and how to communicate effectively with data. You'll discover the power of storytelling and the way to make data a pivotal point in your story. The lessons in this illuminative text are grounded in theory, but made accessible through numerous real-world examples ready for immediate application to your next graph or presentation. Storytelling is not an inherent skill, especially when it comes to data visualization, and the tools at our disposal don't make it any easier. This book demonstrates how to go beyond conventional tools to reach the root of your data, and how to use your data to create an engaging, informative, compelling story. Specifically, you'll learn how to: Understand the importance of context and audienceDetermine the appropriate type of graph for your situationRecognize and eliminate the clutter clouding your informationDirect your audience's attention to the most important parts of your dataThink like a designer and utilize concepts of design in data visualizationLeverage the power of storytelling to help your message resonate with your audience Together, the lessons in this book will help you turn your data into high impact visual stories that stick with your audience. Rid your world of ineffective graphs, one exploding 3D pie chart at a time. There is a story in your data Storytelling with Data will give you the skills and power to tell it!show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 189 x 230 x 16mm | 674g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 1119002257
  • 9781119002253
  • 7,632

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This book is excellent value for money and recommended reading for Business Analysts and Project/Programme managers or anyone who finds they struggle to achieve the impact they hope for when attempting to communicate their reasoning and analysis. (BCS, February 2016)show more

About Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic

COLE NUSSBAUMER KNAFLIC has been analyzing data and using it to tell stories for over a decade, through analytical roles in banking, private equity, and at Google. She delivers presentations and workshops for organizations seeking to improve data presentation and pens the popular blog www.storytellingwithdata.com.show more

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praise for storytelling with data "Storytelling with Data is a superbly written, masterful display of rare art in the business world. Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic possesses a unique ability--a gift--in telling a story through data. At JPMorgan Chase, she has helped improve our capabilities to explain complicated analysis to executive management and the regulators with whom we work. Cole's book brings her talents together in an easy-to-read guide with excellent examples that anyone can learn from to encourage smarter decision-making." --Mark R. Hillis, Chief Risk Officer of Mortgage Banking at JPM Chase "We have so much data that it can be hard to get people to pay attention to our critical findings. Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic taught us valuable lessons in her workshop and it is fantastic to see these expanded upon in Storytelling with Data. My team is already using the lessons Cole teaches to move people to action as they see new pearls of understanding and make a difference in the lives of others. Now others can, too!" --Eleanor Bell, Director of Business Analytics at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation "There is something lovely about being consistent with your own teachings. Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic accomplishes that with her first book. She is an advocate for clarity and concision in visualization, and her book is as clear, concise, and practical as it gets. If you are a beginner in visualization, or if you struggle to produce good charts in your everyday job with tools like Excel, Tableau, Qlik, and the like, this is a great place to start learning the core principles." --Alberto Cairo, Knight Chair in Visual Journalism and Professor of Visualization at the University of Miami, and author of The Functional Art "Data slides are not really about the data, they are about the meaning of the data. Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic understands this and has written a straightforward, accessible guide that will help anyone who communicates with data connect more effectively with their audience." --Nancy Duarte, CEO at Duarte, Inc. and bestselling authorshow more

Table of contents

foreword ix acknowledgments xi about the author xiii introduction 1 chapter 1 the importance of context 19 chapter 2 choosing an effective visual 35 chapter 3 clutter is your enemy! 71 chapter 4 focus your audience s attention 99 chapter 5 think like a designer 127 chapter 6 dissecting model visuals 151 chapter 7 lessons in storytelling 165 chapter 8 pulling it all together 187 chapter 9 case studies 207 chapter 10 final thoughts 241 bibliography 257 index 261show more

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"This book is excellent value for money and recommended reading for Business Analysts and Project/Programme managers or anyone who finds they struggle to achieve the impact they hope for when attempting to communicate their reasoning and analysis." (BCS, February 2016)show more

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