Talk: Practical Strategies for Data Storytelling

I gave a talk at the Open Data Science Conference a few weeks ago titled: Practical Strategies for Data Storytelling. I have more to say on the subject, but in the meantime you can see my slides and speaker notes here.

For the last two years, I've hosted a biweekly data storytelling workshop for my peers at Shopify. This talk is an attempt to share some of my experience more broadly.

I was surprised by the turnout we had - a lot of data folks want to improve their storytelling. A lot of these folks also don't know where to start.

That's not surprising. Storytelling is the vaguest part of most data science job ladders. Many of the folks trying to improve their storytelling don't know what data storytelling is. No wonder it's so hard to improve.

The other big problem I see is that folks don't know how to start their storytelling practice. They know they want to improve - but at a very tactical level, they don't know what exercises to do.

I try to address both of these in my talk.

I have a lot more to say, but I don't have time right now. The internet is littered with promises of another essay coming soon. I won't make any promises here. Fingers crossed - I hope to expand on this talk soon.

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