public workshops

By popular demand, Cole's workshop previously reserved for companies and private organizations is being made available to individuals in cities around the US.

upcoming workshops
Space is limited - sign up today to secure your spot!

New York
Tuesday, September 1st 2015, 9AM - NOON
Location: Manhattan (Midtown East)*

Los Angeles
Thursday, September 10th 2015, 9AM - NOON
Location: Santa Monica*

Additional cities
To be scheduled
                                To suggest a city/location, click here.    

Cole's planned travel schedule
Reach out to if you'd like to discuss a custom workshop for your team.
Click here to be notified when a public workshop is scheduled in your city or to suggest a city or venue.

      Week of 8/3 - Chicago
      Week of 8/31 - NYC
      Week of 9/7 - Los Angeles
      Week of 9/21 - Seattle
      Week of 10/5 - Chicago

*Specific location details will be provided upon registration completion. Note: if you register and don't receive a confirmation within 24 hours, the registration likely wasn't completed; please reach out to me directly to confirm.
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who should attend
Are you responsible for representing data in your day to day job? Is it important for you to be able to tell stories through data (graphs) and presentations?

If you ever find yourself needing to communicate something to someone using data, this workshop is for you. Whether you're an analyst crunching numbers, a manager needing to communicate in a data-driven way, or a leader responsible for presentations to your board or other stakeholders, this workshop will give you the tools to tell more effective stories with data.

What participants in Cole's workshops have said...

"The session was the best training I have been to in years - I left excited, inspired and challenged to think of ways to do it better. I think anyone who reports findings from data back to clients would find this training valuable!"

"This is a great intro course that I think everyone who ever presents information in written or slide form needs to attend. The logical framework for how to step back and think through the 'why' of the data you want to share, then the link to the visual representation was well done."

"I am INCREDIBLY judgmental and impatient with poorly planned and executed presentations. You were AMAZINGLY engaging and informative! I was immediately clear where I could utilize your training."

"I've attended 5 or 6 half-day and full-day dataviz trainings in the past year and yours has been the best."

"What did I like most? All of it. Super informative, fascinating, applicable content. Great, engaging presentation. Interesting content. Great tips and tricks."

"Cole - your session was awesome. Can't wait to take these lessons back to my team."

what we'll cover
The goal of this workshop is to enable you to bring data to life and use it to communicate a story to an audience, with a focus on simplicity and ease of interpretation. This is accomplished through a mix of data visualization and storytelling theory, best practices, and practical application. Workshop content is organized into 5 key lessons:
  1. Understand the context
  2. Choose the right display
  3. Identify and eliminate clutter
  4. Draw attention where you want it
  5. Tell a story
Lessons are made concrete through numerous real world examples and hands on learning. The workshops are highly interactive and registration is limited to ensure instructor/student interaction. All workshops are taught by Cole.

Note: the lessons we'll cover are general and not tool-specific (examples are primarily Excel-based, but concepts covered can be applied in any graphing application or presentation software).