Speaking

I would love to speak at your event. My customizable presentations aim to help you process, visualize, present, and communicate your data.

Please see below for more information about the topics I can cover for your organization, or contact me to discuss your speaking needs. My Portfolio includes some recent presentations I’ve made and includes a few videos to see me in action.

Speaking Topics

Data Visualization Done Differently

The data visualization field combines data analysis, graphic design, journalism, and statistics and aims to help analysts in a variety of fields provide their audience with greater insights into their research or products. In this presentation, I lay the groundwork for how to use data visualization to more effectively communicate. This presentation will demonstrate different types of visualizations and their uses, as well as how to avoid creating graphics that result in ineffective and inaccurate perceptions of data. These guidelines will prepare you to create clearer, more accurate, and more visually appealing graphics.

This presentation is perfect for audiences looking for an overview of data visualization best practices.

Better Data Communication

A first step to improving the way you communicate data and analysis is to have some basic understanding of best practices and strategies. In this talk, I lay out three principles for better data visualization: Show the Data, Reduce the Clutter, and Integrate Graphics and Text. I also lay out three principles for better presentations: Visualize, Unify, and Focus. Together, with the help of examples, both good and bad, I demonstrate how anyone can more effectively communicate their data and elicit insight.

This presentation is perfect for audiences looking for a targeted review of ways to improve the way they communicate their data.

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Photo taken during Johnson & Johnson's TEDxJNJ Big Data event, held Oct. 6, 2016, at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. (Photo by Andy Colwell)

(Photo by Andy Colwell)

Better Presentations

When faced with the prospect of giving a presentation, researchers and analysts often simply convert their reports to slides: text is converted to bullets, and figures and tables are simply copied and pasted. The problem with that approach is that presentations are a fundamentally different form of communication than are reports or journal articles. In this presentation, I give you the conceptual underpinnings behind giving better presentations, and the tools and techniques to put them into practice.

This presentation is perfect for audiences looking to improve the way the present their work in front of an audience and is the focus of my new book, Better Presentations

Data Currency — Unlocking Value With Visualization

Most organizations recognize the innate value of data, and are beginning to trade in its powerful currency. But this has not wholly erased the challenges data and analytics leaders face when trying to illustrate how data can unlock potential business value. Enter data visualization. In this talk I share insights into using visualization to spark cultural shifts within organizations. I explain how making data visual and digestible allows decision­makers to see how data fits into the organization’s bigger picture and helps leadership tackle emerging problems like managing the ever­growing volume of structured and unstructured data.

This presentation is perfect for audiences who want to improve or change the way their organizations process, analyze, and communicate their data and analysis.

Details and Logistics

My presentations are usually 35-45 minutes with additional time for Q&A and discussion. I also offer shorter presentations, half-­, full-­, and multi-­day workshops; breakout sessions; and panel presentations. I often tailor my presentations to the needs of your organization and event.

I am flexible in working with your presentation equipment and set-up; please contact me to discuss the details.

Past Speaking Events

I have enjoyed presenting to many audiences on each of these topics. Please take a look at a few examples from my Portfolio or see What People Are Saying.

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