Navigating Tableau’s Resources with Zach Bowders

Sep 28th, 2021 / Dashboards
Zach Bowders was a guest speaker during a Dashboard Design live session which is an opportunity for Depict Data Studio students to come together to learn from experts, get extra training and ask questions.  Zach is a Tableau Zen Master and Tableau Ambassador and shared his expertise with us on all things Tableau. 
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3 Tips for Visualizing Social Change Data

Aug 24th, 2021 / Data Visualization
I recently had the chance to be on the Community Possibilities® podcast with Ann Price. Ann owns Community Evaluation Solutions and she started the podcast as a way to connect with community leaders to talk about root causes, dig deeper into understanding social and health inequities and to connect by talking with each other instead of at each other. We connected through our mutual speaking coach and have since followed each other’s careers and were excited to talk together.
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The Inside Scoop on Excel with Bill Jelen (Mr. Excel)

Jul 20th, 2021 / Data Analysis
I recently had the honor of speaking with Bill Jelen, a.k.a. Mr. Excel. He’s a big, big deal in the Excel community! I’ve internet-stalked him for years on his website and his popular YouTube channel and frankly, I’m still shocked he agreed to come speak with us. We talked about his background, favorite Excel features, how many of the more than 480+ Excel functions he actually uses and more.
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The 30-3-1 Approach with Unlimited Visual Appendices: The Bare Minimum for Designing Reports that Actually Inform Decisions

Jul 6th, 2021 / Reports
Want to design reports that actually inform decisions? With software you already have?? Nobody wants to pour blood, sweat, and tears into a document that sits on a dusty shelf. I recently gave a presentation where I shared about the 30-3-1 approach to reporting, which is the bare minimum for designing useful reports. And now I want to share it with you.
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3 Common Reporting Hurdles—and How to Overcome Them

Jun 22nd, 2021 / Reports
I work with a lot of different groups — government, universities, foundations, nonprofits, for-profits, etc. Every organization has a little bit different communication style… but they all have one thing in common: everyone has reports of one kind or another. I spoke with Alli Torban on her podcast, Data Viz Today to share 3 common reporting hurdles I see and how to overcome them.
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Data Placemats: A 3-Step Process for Increasing Data Use

Jun 15th, 2021 / Data Visualization
Want to make sure that your data gets used to inform decisions? Get your stakeholders involved in the sense-making process! Are you familiar with data placemats? Here’s how they work: (1) Design Data Placemats, (2) Facilitate an Interpretation Meeting, and (3) Include those Insights in the Final Report or Slideshow.
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