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Looking Ahead to 2022: What’s Coming to Depict Data Studio 

Ann K. Emery is holding a laptop and looking off into the distance. Text says, "2022 - Looking Ahead."

2021 was a rough year personally; our family of 5 experienced a million health issues and hospital stays, and the bills afterwards were crushing.

2022 can’t be that terrible. Right? Right??

I’m on a mission to make 2022 as healthy and positive as possible.

There’s lots to celebrate! This is my 10th year of blogging, 10th year of YouTubing, and 8th year of business.

Wondering what I’ve got planned this year? Here’s what’s in store for 2022 related to: 

  • Online Courses, 
  • Private Training, 
  • Data Visualization Consulting, and 
  • Personal and Professional Goals. 

Online Courses 

We’ll continue to offer online learning throughout 2022 (and likely for decades to come!). 

Here are the learning opportunities you can take advantage of this year. 

Soar Beyond the Dusty Shelf Report 

This is our complimentary mini course.  

It’s a why-to mindset course that prepares you for the how-to courses you’ll take later on. 

Have a colleague who’s still writing lengthy technical reports? Still using the software defaults in their charts? This is the course for them! 

It takes 45 minutes to watch the short video lessons and complete the discussion board activities. 

Register for no cost at https://depictdatastudio.teachable.com/.  

Dashboard Design 

Registration is officially going to be open February 14-18, 2022. 

This four-course bundle teaches you to design static and interactive dashboards in Excel and Tableau.  

Most of the resources are focused on static one-pagers in Excel—because those are the dashboards that’ll be most useful for our non-technical or busy audiences. 

Want to take advantage of the early bird bonuses, like the 1:1 consultations and Swag Bags? Shhh don’t tell anyone—early bird registration is available now at https://depictdatastudio.teachable.com/

Powerful Presentations 

Need to speak at a conference? Staff meeting? Board meeting? This is the advanced class for you! 

This is our deep dive on slideshows, public speaking skills, and behind-the-scenes tips for both virtual and in-person presentations. 

Registration will be open the week of May 16-20, 2022. 

Simple Spreadsheets 

Need to analyze a new dataset from start to finish? 

In this course, you’ll learn about cleaning and tabulating data (to get it ready for your graphs, dashboards, and more). 

Registration will be open the week of September 12-16, 2022. 

Great Graphs 

Which chart type should you use? How do you make visuals more accessible? 

This is our flagship dataviz course! 

Registration will be open the week of November 14-18, 2022. 

Office Hours 

For the third year in a row, all our Full Courses will include live Office Hours. 

Submit your draft dashboards, slideshows, reports, and more, and get my feedback in a small group setting.  

Office Hours last 30 minutes and are held almost every week. (No Office Hours in June or July—enjoy your summer break!) 

Just want to pick my brain during Office Hours, without joining a course? You can register for the entire years’ worth of Office Hours at https://depictdatastudio.teachable.com/.  

Registration Fees 

Registration will continue to be $997/participant for 2022, which includes lifetime access to the recorded lessons; all the Office Hours taking place in 2022; and additional support like ebooks, digital downloads, our Data Vizards community, and more. 

We also have group rates available. 

Registration fees will increase in 2023. 

Private Training 

Want to bring me in to speak to your team? 

Each year, I lead ~200 private sessions for foundations, nonprofits, universities, and government agencies who work on social good issues. 

Here’s more info about our workshops, which can be held virtually or in-person. 

Virtual Workshops 

I don’t offer full-day Zooms—those are miserable.  

Instead, we provide a series of 2-hour sessions that are spaced a week apart (e.g., four Tuesday afternoons in a row). 

I’ll review your sample materials. You’ll tell me more about your staff. We’ll put our heads together and craft a custom agenda that’s just right for your organization. 

Learn more at https://depictdatastudio.com/virtual-workshops/.  

Ann K. Emery working at the Depict Data Studio world headquarters.

In-Person Workshops 

I’m vaxxed, boosted, and happy to wear a mask for the entire time that I’m in your office.

Availability is limited, and my schedule tends to fill months in advance.  

Learn more at https://depictdatastudio.com/workshops/.  

Data Visualization Consulting 

Want our team to create your report, slideshow, dashboard, or infographic? 

We can refer you to our team of hand-picked experts. 

Personal and Professional Goals 

This year, I’m attempting my most lofty goal yet: To take the entire summer off to be with my 3 kids. A European summer, if you will.

Communicating data more effectively through data visualization–while using everyday software–is absolutely my professional purpose. But I don’t have to teach dataviz 365 days a year to make a positive impact on the community.

Taking the summer off is easier said than done when your schedule stays as full as mine.  

It requires a year of planning in advance—to make sure you schedule your conference keynotes, private trainings, and online courses with the K12 school calendar in mind. 

It requires automation (a multi-year goal, which is mostly finished at this point). Everything that can be automated has been automated. For example, when we hold private client trainings, the staff RSVP to a Zoom registration page… they automatically get enrolled in our Teachable learning platform… they get access to our Excel How-To files and ebooks via Gumroad… they get welcome messages via ConvertKit… and Zapier holds all the pieces together like glue behind the scenes. If done manually, these tasks would require an extra 10-20 hours of a staff member’s time per client workshop. Now that I’ve solved all the technical riddles, they happen almost instantly. 

It requires careful staffing and careful contractors. It requires payroll automation, and ongoing training, and having instructions and checklists for all the manual tasks. 

It requires letting go. I’m capable of having one of the highest-read blogs in the world. I’m capable of having millions of YouTube subscribers. I’m capable of building a podcast, or writing books, or even of becoming TikTok famous. I know exactly what’s required to do all those things, but I’m choosing not to do them—or do them more slowly. That’s the hardest part for a high-achiever like me. 

Novice Ann would’ve argued, “But you can do both! You can be a mom and a YouTuber!” 

Experienced Ann knows what’s involved. You can have anything, but you can’t have everything, and not all at the same time. And you can’t do everything simultaneously at elite levels. It’s impossible to be the best blogger ever and the best mom ever at the same time; both require more than a full-time workload and 24/7 mental energy. 

I’ll remain committed to the core aspects of Depict Data Studio—our online courses, private trainings, and dataviz consulting. 

But the “hobby” aspects of business—the optional blog posts, YouTube videos, podcasts, books, and social media posts—will take a backseat so I can move kid time to the front seat. A worthwhile tradeoff.  

Your Turn 

What are you focused on in 2022?  

Are you hoping to learn a new software program? Automate part of your process? Achieve a personal goal?  

Comment anytime and let me know! 

More about Ann K. Emery
Ann K. Emery is a sought-after speaker who is determined to get your data out of spreadsheets and into stakeholders’ hands. Each year, she leads more than 100 workshops, webinars, and keynotes for thousands of people around the globe. Her design consultancy also overhauls graphs, publications, and slideshows with the goal of making technical information easier to understand for non-technical audiences.

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