Perhaps you’ll be presenting to a packed boardroom, or maybe you’ll be conversing one-on-one with a supervisor, colleague, or client. Either way, you’ll need to be equipped with facts that people can see and understand. But before you give that presentation, or have that conversation, take this workshop – and learn why that pie chart you planned to include would be a terrible choice!

Whether you’re creating your own charts, using someone else’s, or you just need to be more confident in how to use and interpret graphs, this workshop will help you become fluent in the language of charts and dashboards.

Packed with great examples created in Excel, Tableau, Power BI, and Qlik, among others, this one-stop resource empowers you to extract the most important information from data visualizations quickly and accurately, act on key insights, solve problems, persuade others, and make the right decisions for your organization every time.


Two 90-minute sessions spread out over two days

Who should attend this workshop?

  • People who are new to data visualization and who will be creating charts, dashboards, and presentations

  • People who will be giving presentations and have a say on what charts should go in them (but will not be making the charts themselves)

  • People who may never create a chart but need to be able to understand and use them

  • People who manage data visualization practitioners and need to know the challenges they face

  • Experienced practitioners who want help evangelizing the value of good data visualization

The Benefits

  • Get yourself and others to “aha”, faster

  • Persuade people with facts they can see and understand

  • Distinguish among helpful, misleading, and deceitful charts

  • Make better decisions

Topics will be based on the author’s book The Big Picture: How to Use Data Visualization to Make Better Decisions—Faster and will include

  • Why numbers are not enough: you may be great at spreadsheets, but you are missing out on things that will help you.

  • Getting over the hurdles.

  • The five ways color are used in data visualization (and why this matters).

  • Ten chart types you should absolutely understand.

  • When charts misbehave: how to recognize and remedy unhelpful, misleading, and deceitful charts and dashboards.

  • A guided tour of some important charts in your organization (private workshops only)

  • “I don’t understand this chart”: Is it your fault, or their fault? (It’s probably their fault).

  • Dashboards, interactivity, and storytelling.

  • Why collaboration is so important.

  • Group exercise: what’s wrong with these charts and what would make them better?

  • How to drive change in your organization.

Interested in attending a public or private workshop?


The Big Picture cover

Each attendee will receive a copy of The Big Picture: How to Use Data Visualization to Make Better Decisions—Faster

“You need a license to drive a car, and you should be required to read this book before you use a chart, a graph, or a table in a presentation. It’s fun, clear, and useful. Numbers and words are not enough, it’s time we got smart about communicating data.”
—SETH GODIN, author of This Is Marketing

“Steve Wexler’s graphs are vivid, funny, practical, and highly informative—and so is this book.”
—TIM HARFORD, bestselling author of The Undercover Economist and The Data Detective

“Steve Wexler has done for data visualization what Dale Carnegie did for the art of making friends and influencing people, and Strunk and White did for writing. The Big Picture helps professionals at every level of an organization master the fundamentals and develop better “maps” that lead to better strategies.”
—JOHN C. PITTENGER, former SVP of Corporate Strategy for Koch Industries, Inc.

About the Instructor

Steve Wexler is the founder of Data Revelations and co-author of The Big Book of Dashboards: Visualizing Your Data Using Real-World Business Scenarios.

Steve has worked with ADP, Gallup, Johnson & Johnson, Deloitte, ExxonMobil, Convergys, Consumer Reports, The Economist, ConEd, D&B, Marist, Cornell University, Stanford University, Tradeweb, Tiffany, McKinsey & Company, and many other organizations to help them understand and visualize their data. Steve is a five-time Tableau Zen Master, Iron Viz Champion, and on the advisory board to the Data Visualization Society.

His presentations and training classes combine an extraordinary level of product mastery with the real-world experience gained through developing thousands of visualizations for dozens of clients. 

Steve has taught thousands of people in both large and small organizations and is known for conducting his seminars with clarity, patience, and humor.

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