Data Storytelling

Presentations of Data with Storytelling Techniques.


2 days
All levels
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Course Info

Data Storytelling is an essential skill for any professional that works with data. Participants will learn how to communicate with numbers and provide a strong narrative to their ideas.

Data Storytelling is a multi-disciplinary course that borrows from the fields of cognitive science, psychology, drama and mathematics.

What Will I Learn From This Course?

Understand the definition & relevance of Data Storytelling to the business landscape in the 21st Century

Condense complicated ideas into simple and easily conveyable narratives

Ability to empathize with and tailor a data story for the intended audience

Apply visuals best practices to match the intended narratives


No pre-requisites are required.


Lectures, visual presentations, hands-on demo files and exercises, Q&A.

Target Audience

All levels and designation.

Course Outline for This Programme

  • What is Data Storytelling?
  • Business Impact Data Storytelling
  • About this course
  • Learning how to Learn
  • Point, Evidence, Explanation
  • Pearls of Insight
  • What am I trying to say?
  • Selfish Storytellers
  • Who is my audience?
  • What do they want to know?
  • Action words
  • Consequence of non-action
  • Instilling urgency
  • Information encoding on charts
  • What information am I trying to convey?
  • Data Storyteller’s Toolbox
  • Choosing colors purposefully
  • Fonts & Element Sizes
  • Opacity & Annotations
  • Chart Junk
  • Visual Hierarchy
  • Use selected charts effectively
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Renganathan Palanisamy has extensive experience in both academic and corporate training arena which enables him to incorporate best practices of both training approach to ensure training delivery is effective and relevant. This is further strengthened by his involvement in various technology related collaboration with renowned players in the industry such as Microsoft, IBM and Oracle. During his service as a Programme Leader in KDU College Sdn Bhd, he was responsible for coordination, collaboration and delivery of courses offered by Sun Microsystems in partnership with Guidance View and as Authorized Sun Education Centre, Oracle under its Workforce Development Programme and Microsoft through its MSDN Academic Alliance Programme.

He started off his early days of involvement in IT industry professing strong inclination towards Java technology and the object oriented design and development practices. He was able to share his in-depth knowledge of the technology via several academic courses and workshops he conducted for students and academic staff alike. Later he ventured into database design and development with Oracle and eventually expanded to include Microsoft SQL Server as well as IBM DB2 and IBM Informix.

Currently his main focus is on delivering Data Management and Business Intelligence tracks which is strongly complemented by his exposure to non-Microsoft related technologies. He has strong understanding of .NET technologies and tools. His knowledge is seeked as evident in his presence at premier events such as Microsoft TechEd and his involvement in SQL PASS local group (SPAN). His technical skills coupled with know-how of training delivery techniques have earned him recognition amongst his peers and attendees of his training sessions. His specialty includes the ability to relate concepts derived from various technologies and ability to ensure smooth transition for trainees migrating to different technology. Resourcefulness is his trademark and this helps enhance the training experience of the attendees.

He is a dynamic and versatile individual. He is willing to take up new challenges to learn and has the ability to apply new skills in a short span of time. Other strengths include good time management, analytical skills, ability to present ideas in innovative ways and most importantly, a sense of responsibility.