At SWD, we help people create graphs that make sense and weave them into compelling stories. We offer a variety of learning sessions to meet your organization’s needs:
60-MINUTE WEBINARS: Our introductory webinars are for teams and organizations wanting to spread general awareness of the power of communicating data effectively and get related questions answered. Given the virtual nature, they are great for geographically dispersed groups and the number of attendees is flexible. Choose from a variety of topics. WARNING: this short session will leave you wanting more!
HALF-DAY WORKSHOPS: Our most popular offering, the half-day workshop is best for up to 30 in-person participants. These interactive sessions span four hours and take place at your location. We offer two varieties that can be undertaken independently, or combined into a full day of learning and practice.
SWD: let’s learn! HALF-DAY WORKSHOP
Learn to tell a story with data. Based on the strategies covered in the best-selling book, this engaging workshop teaches the fundamentals of effective visualization, with emphasis on building a compelling narrative around the information you want to communicate. This is achieved through five key lessons: understand the context, choose an effective visual, declutter, focus attention, and tell a story. Concepts are illustrated through real world examples—including a subset provided ahead of time by your team—and participants get hands-on practice in a workshop setting.
SWD: let’s practice! HALF-DAY WORKSHOP
We learn best by doing. This highly interactive workshop give your team insight, structure, and time to do just that. Best for teams having a solid understanding of core principles for communicating effectively with data, participants are guided through exercises to implement effective data communication strategies. Each participant will make concrete progress on a project of their choice. Attendees will also learn how to effectively critique their own and others’ work and the important role of feedback for iterating to refine output from acceptable to exceptional.
All sessions are low tech: pens and paper are the primary tools used for practicing the lessons covered. The focus is on foundational principles for communicating effectively with data that can be applied to varying extent in any tool. Because of this, no specialized tool knowledge or laptops are required (best to leave the latter at home!). Webinars and workshops are instructed by an SWD data storyteller.
We have experience working with clients across many industries.
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People love SWD workshops—here are some of the things they’ve said:
"The insights on how to be effective in telling a story with data will improve the quality of my work tenfold."
"Thank you so much for your hugely successful presentation. EVERYONE loved it, was inspired by it, and is revved up to put it into practice."
"Thanks so much for your outstanding session on storytelling with data. I learned so much!"
"I just wanted to thank you for a very inspiring presentation, especially the 'hands-on' part. I've sure learned a lot and saw many of my own 'mistakes' on screen. Many thanks!"
"Excellent presentation. Topic was 100% relevant. Tips about colors and 'more is less' are my biggest takeaways."
"What did I like most? All of it. Super informative, fascinating, applicable content. Great, engaging presentation. Interesting content. Great tips and tricks."
"Excellent presenter! The presentation was clear and communicated an accessible list of techniques to apply to a range of charts and graphs."
"Your session was remarkable! I went to your session the year before and decided to go again as you have a gift of communicating clearly and meaningfully with and without data so I learn twofold!"
"My biggest learning was the realization that I'm not alone in my lack of design experience, and how easy it is to make a huge impact."
"Thank you so incredibly much for the extremely informative and inspirational session. I've already used your suggestions countless times and will certainly continue doing so. I've raved about your presentation (and flawless presenting skills!) to colleagues here; they dream of attending one day as well."
"Your session was awesome. Can't wait to take these lessons back to my team."