How to Design Reports that Actually Inform Decisions

Aug 18th, 2020 / Data Visualization
When you hear the term “Dusty Shelf Report,” what comes to mind? Even if you haven’t heard that term before, you’ve seen one. Maybe you’ve received one. Maybe you’re written one (or, dozens). It’s the document we pour our blood, sweat, and tears into… that doesn’t affect anything. No real-world changes. No improvements to policies, programs, budgeting, or staffing decisions. I was trained to write technical reports with statistical jargon that sat around and gathered dust. Now, I write reports that people actually want to read. Fewer paragraphs. More graphs. My audience can understand the information, so the data actually gets used. Our brand new full-length course, Report Redesign is open for registration until Friday, August 21st.
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Learn How to Make Great Graphs in Excel with Ann K. Emery

Jun 23rd, 2020 / Data Visualization
Our software how-to visualization course, “Great Graphs: Excel How-To’s,” is open for once-a-year enrollment between June 22-26, 2020. We started building this virtual training in 2018. Since then, we quadrupled the videos and templates. We added Office Hours so you can pick my brain about your individual projects. We added Discussion Boards and a Facebook group to build community. We added Guest Experts so you can learn about programs beyond Excel. We added Lifetime Access. This Excel dataviz training is the best it’s ever been.
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Advice for Early-Career Data Visualization Freelancers: Ann’s Interview with Jane Zhang

Mar 24th, 2020 / Data Visualization
When Jane Zhang wanted to interview me for her article for the Data Visualization Society, I agreed! We agreed to video record the conversation so that more could benefit and it might be especially helpful for early-career data visualization freelancers—or those contemplating the switch from a salaried job into a freelancing job. If that’s you, welcome to the dataviz community! And enjoy this video interview.
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How to Take Your Data Visualization Skills to the Next Level

Enrollment is open for ‘Great Graphs: Transform Spreadsheets into Stories’! Not only does the course include 200 hours of training, 20 hours of videos, and 18+ guest experts, but I am offering bonus material this time around! Enroll in this course and take your data visualization to the next level. We’ll go over everything from choosing the right chart for your presentation to how to use psychology to fully captivate your audience. Enrollment ends on October 1, 2019.
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