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Rid your world of ineffective graphs and mediocre presentations, one exploding 3D pie chart at a time! The storytelling with data podcast covers topics related to data storytelling, better presentations, and all things data viz. There is a story in your data—get the skills and power to tell it!

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episode 12
a conversation with Elijah Meeks


What is the Third Wave of Data Visualization? Elijah Meeks believes it’s happening now and that it means changing constructs and possibly priorities for practitioners. In this episode, Cole sits down with Elijah in Miami after his closing keynote presentation at the Tapestry conference. They discuss his presentation, moving past optimizing for a single chart, building trust to push boundaries, teaching stakeholders data literacy, and more.

Listening time: 48:14. Links mentioned during the podcast:

episode 11 #MakeoverMonday


It’s a community project, it’s a book, it may even be a way to land a new job! Hear Cole talk with coathors Andy Kriebel and Eva Murray about their writing process and lessons from #MakeoverMonday: Improving How We Visualize and Analyze Data, One Chart at a Time, including the importance of simplifying and iterating, why feedback posed as a question can be less intimidating, and experimentation as a way to learn how to better visualize data.

Listening time: 59:32. Links mentioned during the podcast:

episode 10
right place
right graph

Could the process of choosing where to live provide insights on choosing the “right” graph? When it comes to your data presentations, how do you choose the right graph? Is there even such a thing as the right graph? In this episode, Cole shares some recent life changes, discusses the concept of graphing for exploring and understanding your data, graphing for communicating, and some tools that may make your process for landing on an effective visual more efficient. She answers listener Q&A on non-zero baselines, when to use an axis vs. label data directly, and how to know when your visualization is complete.

Listening time: 32:58. Links mentioned during the podcast:

episode 9
Data Stories replay

After a brief pause, the SWD podcast is almost back with a replay of a recent chat Cole had with Moritz Stefaner and Enrico Bertini on Data Stories!

Listening time: 37:02 | follow on Twitter: @datastories | @moritz_stefaner | @FILWD

episode 8
the many myths of data visualization


Do graphs always have to have a zero baseline? Are pie charts evil? Is there a single “right” answer? In this episode, Cole discusses a number of myths and a few rules in data visualization. She also answers listener Q&A on how to deal with presenting materials you aren’t proud of, strategies for graphing uneven time intervals, and tips for teams interested in developing data visualization skills.

Listening time 40:10. Transcript. Links mentioned during the podcast:

episode 7
a conversation with Alberto Cairo


Truth or Lie? It isn't that simple or binary when it comes to visualizing and communicating with data: there is a spectrum. In this episode, Cole talks with special guest, Alberto Cairo, about truth with a lower case "t," his efforts to bring graphical literacy to the public through the Visual Trumpery tour and his upcoming book, parallels between data visualization and writing, and more.

Listening time 1:10:40. Transcript. Links mentioned during the podcast:

episode 6
say it out loud


Whether it’s a graph, a slide, a presentation, your message, a story—there can be immense value in talking through it out loud. In this session, Cole discusses her experiences and the benefits to speaking out loud to refine, practice, and identify better solutions. Cole also answers reader questions on the use of pictures in data visualization, tricks for formatting axis labels, and how to apply data storytelling to augment regular reporting.

Listening time 40:05. Links mentioned during the podcast:

episode 5
the beauty of constraints


We often complain about the constraints faced when communicating: we don’t have enough time,  the right tools, or are only allowed a limited number of slides. In this episode, Cole discusses how constraints can actually be amazing and how imposing constraints intentionally on our work can better arm us to deal with those that are less in our control. Cole also answers reader questions on strategies for upskilling data visualization across an organization, the best place to put monetary symbols, using different types of graphs together, and the use of color in data visualization.

Listening time: 43:36. Transcript. Links mentioned during the podcast:

episode 4
it depends...


It depends.” These two simple words can answer a number of questions raised when it comes to visualizing data and communicating with it effectively. In this session, Cole discusses 10 common data visualization questions where the answer is “it depends” and discusses what it depends on and the critical thought process required for success. Cole also answers reader questions on considerations between lower and upper case in data visualization related text and Excel resources.

Listening time: 45:00. Links mentioned during the podcast:

episode 3
how I'm building this


How did you start storytelling with data?” is a question I receive frequently. In this latest episode of the podcast, I’m interviewed by my husband, Randy, and field questions on how it all came to be, including finding balance between work and family, some book-writing tips, and my outlook on where SWD will go from here. 

Listening time: 45:30. Links mentioned during the show:

episode 2
what is story?


In this final 2017 episode, I discuss my perspective on what is story? and why those working with data should care. I also tackle listener Q&A on data visualization vs. storytelling, NFL football stats, and how to tell when a visualization is complete.

Listening time: 36:51. Transcript. Links mentioned during the show:

episode 1
the art of feedback


I'm very excited to officially launch the storytelling with data podcast! This first episode focuses on feedback in data visualization. I discuss the value of both giving and receiving data visualization feedback and potential problem areas to avoid. Hear The Economist's response to the recent hurricane data visualization challenge as well as answers to reader questions on the topics of when to use graphs, considerations with dashboards, and data viz 101 book recommendations.

Listening time: 33:38. Transcript. Links mentioned during the podcast:


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