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storytelling with data podcast

71 EpisodesProduced by Cole Nussbaumer KnaflicWebsite

Rid your world of ineffective graphs and mediocre presentations, one exploding 3D pie chart at a time! The storytelling with data podcast from bestselling author, speaker, and workshop guru, Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic and the storytelling with data team covers topics related to better business communic… read more

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storytelling with data podcast: #70 prepare to present

September 22nd, 2023


Cole walks listeners through her process of preparing for a recent presentation—from turning an idea into slides, to how she readied herself to …

storytelling with data podcast: #69 feedback you hate to receive

July 28th, 2023


Whether you’ve asked for it or not, sometimes critique from others simply gets under our skin. From feel-good platitudes that lack actionability to …

storytelling with data podcast: #68: tips for successful data stories

June 16th, 2023


What does Cole’s 7-year-old daughter have in common with the typical audience member for your data stories? Tune in to find out! In this short …

storytelling with data podcast: #67 storytelling withOUT data

May 24th, 2023


Graphs and slides are often the first tools we reach for when we need to communicate with data—but when might storytelling withOUT data yield better …

storytelling with data podcast: #66 Designing in Light and Dark

May 15th, 2023


Mike and Alex discuss the advantages and drawbacks of designing visualizations with light and dark backgrounds, using examples from SWD community members to highlight where each approach can be preferable. Then, they …

storytelling with data podcast: #65 EMPHASIZE it!

April 27th, 2023


Cole draws on a recent experience that underscored the power of thoughtful EMPHASIS. Tune in for practical tactics to create contrast visually and …

storytelling with data podcast: #64 beginner mistakes in data viz

April 17th, 2023


You'll probably make a few mistakes when learning to visualize and communicate data. That's okay! It's all a part of the learning journey and can be preferred since we often learn more from our mistakes than our …

storytelling with data podcast: #63 bad news and good feedback

April 2nd, 2023


SWD storytellers Elizabeth and Mike join forces to tackle some thorny questions about connecting with your audience: how do you know if you’ve done a good job, and what if you have to deliver bad news? In light of a …

storytelling with data podcast: #62 tension in data stories

March 2nd, 2023


Tension is a key component of story—and can be used in powerful ways to communicate in a business setting. In this episode, Cole talks tension: what …

storytelling with data podcast: #61 AI, quantified self, and fingernails

February 10th, 2023


SWD storytellers Simon and Mike offer their thoughts on how the recent advancements in AI tools may transform the way we analyze and communicate with …

storytelling with data podcast: #60 scale with purpose with Brendan McGurgan

January 11th, 2023


Have a listen to this cross-cast of Cole’s conversation with Brendan McGurgan, host of the ScaleX Insider Podcast and author of Simple Scaling: Ten …

storytelling with data podcast: #59 questions in dataviz with Neil Richards

November 30th, 2022


Why don’t we use triangles in charts more often? Can design considerations come before we have the data? Do we take data visualization too seriously? Author, speaker, and data literacy advocate Neil Richards raises (and …

storytelling with data podcast: #58 don’t! (and what to do instead)

November 5th, 2022


Cole shares a number of data visualization and communication questions that could be answered simply with the word, “Don’t!” From breaking axes and …

storytelling with data podcast: #57 storytelling with YOU

October 16th, 2022


Cole sits down with husband, Randy Knaflic, for a fun chat about her new book, storytelling with you: plan, create, and deliver a stellar presentation

storytelling with data podcast: #56 graph draft!

August 31st, 2022


As anyone who has ever participated in a fantasy league can tell you, the most fun part of the whole experience is drafting your team. We took that …

storytelling with data podcast: #55 functional aesthetics with Dr. Vidya Setlur & Bridget Cogley

August 2nd, 2022


How can we use beauty to convey meaning, and form to guide function, in our communications? In this episode of the SWD podcast, Dr. Vidya Setlur and Bridget Cogley explore these questions with data storyteller Mike …

storytelling with data: #54 storytelling, folklore, and data with Joshua Smith

June 17th, 2022


Data storyteller Mike Cisneros sat down with Iron Viz champion, Tableau Visionary, and self-described “data jackalope” Joshua Smith to talk about how …

storytelling with data: #53 Shashank Kalanithi interviews Cole

May 18th, 2022


Recently, Cole chatted with senior data analyst Shashank Kalanithi for his YouTube channel, where he helps people break into the world of analytics. …

storytelling with data: #52 you asked...

April 26th, 2022


Through our workshops, we get the rare opportunity to meet thousands of people every year, across a huge variety of industries, companies, and roles. …

storytelling with data: #51 the path to trusted advisor

April 1st, 2022


How can you position yourself—and your team—to be a valued analytics consultant by your stakeholders and clients? Cole talks with Simon Rowe, the …

storytelling with data: #50 data viz research with Steven Franconeri

February 17th, 2022


“I want to be able to show it and say, doesn’t that feel good? And you know what? We actually know it works well, it’s not just your intuition.” In …

storytelling with data: # 49: become a data viz superstar

January 5th, 2022


Establish yourself as a well-respected data visualization practitioner. Cole shares five points that will help you do it. Tune in to hear tips and …

storytelling with data: # 48: the challenges of change

December 7th, 2021


Have you encountered challenges in your attempts to drive change with data visualization? In this episode, Cole talks with SWD’s newest data …

storytelling with data: #47 the art of the interview

November 17th, 2021


Fresh off a successful search to expand the SWD team, Cole chats with SWD advisor, husband Randy Knaflic, about a critical part of the hiring …

storytelling with data: #46 questions about questions

September 23rd, 2021


"There's so much value to be gained in the exchange that happens after someone asks a really good question." The Q&A portion of a presentation is …

storytelling with data: #45 the power of post-its

July 8th, 2021


Tune in to hear Cole discuss one of her favorite low-tech planning strategies: storyboarding. Small, sticky, and sublimely potent when used well—she …

storytelling with data: #44 The Big Picture with Steve Wexler

May 18th, 2021


Cole talks with professional “chart looker-atter” Steve Wexler, about his new book The Big Picture: How to Use Data Visualization to Make Better …

storytelling with data: #43 misleading graphs

May 6th, 2021


A good data visualization can reveal and communicate insights. But bad graphs abound. In this episode, Cole chats with Ben Jones about misleading …

storytelling with data: #42 there is still an art to feedback

March 11th, 2021


Giving good feedback to others—when done well—can help you sharpen your own thinking and approaches for visualizing and communicating with data. We’ll start with this critical topic in our new 10-week course, so it …

storytelling with data: #41 maps with Kenneth Field

March 4th, 2021


“You don’t have to be a cartographer to make a great map.” Cole talks with cartographer Kenneth Field, author of the award-winning book, Cartography. …

storytelling with data: #40 Data Sketches with Shirley Wu & Nadieh Bremer

February 15th, 2021


“For data visualization, you don’t need to be an artist to make good sketches.” Cole talks with Data Sketches authors, Shirley Wu and Nadieh Bremer, …

storytelling with data: #39 Better Data Visualizations with Jon Schwabish

January 21st, 2021


Cole talks with Jon Schwabish about his latest book, Better Data Visualizations. Tune in to hear about Jon’s goal to make people aware of a wider …

storytelling with data: #38 hi, my name is...

January 11th, 2021


Being able to introduce yourself eloquently and in a way that captures and keeps your intended audience’s attention is a hugely important thing. Yet, we don’t commonly devote a lot of time or thought to planning how we …

storytelling with data: #37 it's for THEM

December 9th, 2020


How can you get people’s attention on what you want to share and drive the action you seek? Carefully consider your audience. In this episode, Cole …

storytelling with data: #36 presenting data

November 10th, 2020


When communicating data in a meeting or presentation, YOU play a very important role. How can you talk about your data in a way that makes others …

storytelling with data: #35 a conversation with Maarten Lambrechts

October 28th, 2020


A xenographic is simply a chart type not seen before, and in this episode, Cole talks with data journalist and designer Maarten Lambrechts, creator …

storytelling with data: #34 a conversation with John Zeratsky

September 24th, 2020


With days defined by distraction, how can we solve big problems and make time for what matters? Cole talks with technology designer and author of

storytelling with data: #33 the power of drawing with Catherine Madden

August 20th, 2020


“Creativity is not stopping at the 1st or 2nd or 3rd iteration. Let’s create a ton of spaghetti and throw it at the wall—eventually something will …

storytelling with data: #32 a conversation with Andy Kirk

June 25th, 2020


“Visualization is a game of decisions.” In this episode, Cole chats with data visualization consultant, teacher, researcher, and author, Andy Kirk. …

storytelling with data: #31 presenting virtually with Andy Cotgreave

June 3rd, 2020


Tune in to this lively conversation, where Cole chats with The Big Book of Dashboard author and Tableau evangelist, Andy Cotgreave, about optimizing …

storytelling with data: #30 influencing change for data storytelling

May 22nd, 2020


What should we do when we believe others should place more value on effective data storytelling than they think they should? Don’t fight every fight, …

storytelling with data: #29 think like a reporter

April 17th, 2020


Lights, camera, action! Tune in to hear Cole, Randy and the entire SWD team chat with Kristen Johnson, Executive Director of Communications and …

storytelling with data: #28 WFH with SWD

March 22nd, 2020


The storytelling with data team has been a work-from-home team since the beginning and in this episode, Randy and data storytellers Elizabeth, Mike, and Alex discuss how to be productive, stay engaged and maintain …

storytelling with data: #27 what is data visualization

February 22nd, 2020


Why do we visualize data and what makes data visualization good? Tune in to hear Cole share her thoughts on these and related questions. She also …

storytelling with data: #26 Ben Jones and Avoiding Data Pitfalls

January 27th, 2020


While in Seattle recently, Cole sat down with the author of recently published Avoiding Data Pitfalls, Ben Jones. They discuss missteps using data, …

storytelling with data: #25 Better Presentations with Jon Schwabish

December 17th, 2019


When in DC recently, Cole visited the Urban Institute to talk with Jon Schwabish, author of Better Presentations and editor of the …

storytelling with data: #24 Andy, Jeff & Steve and The Big Book of Dashboards

November 18th, 2019


Backstage at the Tableau Conference, Cole sat down with the three authors of The Big Book of Dashboards for a lively conversation. Listen to their …

storytelling with data: #23 Nancy Duarte & DataStory

October 16th, 2019


From graphs made with electric tape and exacto knives at NASA to CEO of a renowned Silicon Valley communications firm—in this episode, Cole talks …

storytelling with data: #22 Alberto Cairo & How Charts Lie

October 9th, 2019


If good graphs empower us to pose good questions, what happens on the dark side of data viz? In this episode, Cole talks with Alberto Cairo about his …

storytelling with data: #21 a special conversation with...

September 22nd, 2019


The sloppy copy, picture power, and more about Cole’s new book in this special episode of the SWD podcast.


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storytelling with data: #20 think like a designer

September 9th, 2019


Broadcasting from Seville, Spain—a city where modern and traditional meet in design—in this episode, Cole chats with three designers from digital …

storytelling with data: #19 ask smart questions

August 24th, 2019


Asking good questions can help improve our own and others’ work: both when exploring and explaining data. Tune in to hear Cole cover five smart …

storytelling with data: #18 dataklubben replay

July 7th, 2019


While recently in Copenhagen, Cole had a great chat with dataklubben podcasters Søren Christian Søndergaard Poulsen and Jens-Jacob Aarup. Tune in to …

storytelling with data: #17 which graph should I use?

May 27th, 2019


It sounds like a simple question, yet it’s one with which many people grapple: how do I best visualize my data? In this episode, Cole reviews the …

storytelling with data: #16 develop your team

April 9th, 2019


Honing your own data visualization and storytelling skills is one thing. But what about when you want to help others around you? In this episode, …

storytelling with data: #15 a conversation with RJ Andrews

February 27th, 2019


In this episode, Cole talks with data storyteller and author of recently published Info We Trust: How to Inspire the World with Data—RJ Andrews. They …

storytelling with data: #14 learning dataviz

February 5th, 2019


How did you learn to visualize data? Professionals in this space hail from a wide variety of backgrounds and in this episode, you’ll hear a dozen responses to this question, from artists, mathematicians and more. Listen …

storytelling with data: #13 goals like Google

January 8th, 2019


Why do new year’s resolutions often fail? How do we set good goals? In this episode, Cole discusses the quarterly OKR goal-setting process she …

storytelling with data: #12 a conversation with Elijah Meeks

December 4th, 2018

What is the Third Wave of Data Visualization? Elijah Meeks believes it’s happening now and that it means changing constructs and possibly priorities …

storytelling with data: #11 #MakeoverMonday

November 14th, 2018

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 …

storytelling with data: #10 right place right graph

October 16th, 2018

Could the process of choosing where to live give us some insights on choosing the “right” graph? When it comes to your data presentations, how do you …

storytelling with data: #9 Data Stories replay

October 9th, 2018


After a brief pause, the storytelling with data podcast is almost back with a replay of a recent podcast Cole did with Moritz Stefaner and …

storytelling with data: #8 the many myths of data visualization

June 19th, 2018


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 …

storytelling with data: #7 a conversation with alberto cairo

May 29th, 2018


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 …

storytelling with data: #6 say it out loud

April 21st, 2018


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, …

storytelling with data: #5 the beauty of constraints

March 24th, 2018


We often complain about the constraints we face when communicating via a presentation: we don’t have enough time, we don’t have the right tools, we …

storytelling with data: #4 it depends...

February 6th, 2018


“It depends.” These two simple words can answer a number of questions raised when it comes to visualizing data and communicating with it effectively. …

storytelling with data: #3 how I'm building this

January 10th, 2018


“How did you start storytelling with data?” is a question I receive frequently. In this episode, I’m interviewed by my husband, Randy, and field questions on how it all came to be, including finding balance between work …

storytelling with data: #2 what is story?

December 20th, 2017


The term "storytelling" is more popular than ever—but moving beyond the buzzword—there is real impact that you can have by framing your data in …

storytelling with data: #1 the art of feedback

November 28th, 2017


Feedback is a critical component for refining and perfecting data visualization. In this first episode, Cole discusses both the value of giving and …

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