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1-2-1 MindSpeaking: Translating Data into a human experience

In this month's edition, you will find:

  • 1 Tip for Data & Analytics for presenting insights to business stakeholders.

  • 2 MindSpeaking Podcast episodes about becoming a Data entrepreneur, AI mistakes, and presenting to business leaders.

  • 1 Quote about the human side of data.

1 tip for Data & Analytics

Presenting Data is hard.

Because numbers are difficult to comprehend.

That's why we should...

Translate the numbers into a human experience.


Learn from the popular book "Making Numbers Count".

I made a 60-second book summary with 3 practical tips for presenting Data:

Did you watch the video?

Here are two more examples:

TIP #4: Make percentages come alive "28% of UK men do not always wash their hands after using the bathroom at work." "More than 1 in every 4 men you shake hands with at work may not have washed their hands between using the toilet and touching your hands." TIP #5: Ground numbers in the familiar "A single M&M has 4 calories." "In order to burn off the calories in a single M&M, you’d have to walk 2 flights of stairs."

2 MindSpeaking Podcast episodes

As Data professionals, we need to think like business owners. What will be the business impact of your dashboard or model? Lilian shares her journey about emigrating to Thailand, product management, and how to get stakeholder feedback. It's surprising how much entrepreneurship and Data Science have in common.

Scott Burk is a professor of Data Science at CUNY and the author of multiple Data books. He shares common pitfalls for adopting AI, his view on the future of Data Science, and tips on how to communicate insights with business leaders.

1 Quote to reflect on

"Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success.”

— Paul J. Meyer

I've found this to be true. Both in my Data career and now, working as an entrepreneur. If you can connect with different personalities, that's a superpower. So I'm working on this every day.

Thank you for reading.

Whenever you're ready, there are 3 ways I can help you:

  1. Discover your skill level in Data communication. Do the free self-test & get a personalized PDF report to help you improve.

  2. Sign up for my video course on Data Storytelling: from Insight to Impact.

  3. Are you managing a Data team? Check out our company training program. We've helped Data teams of Unilever, Mattel, Philips, ING, and Capgemini — they now communicate better with stakeholders, get buy-in, and present insights with impact.

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