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Achieving Impact as part of the coaching community at WCC2020 (part 2)

coaching community

Continuing my debrief from attending the 2020 gathering of the coaching community at the Welsh Coaching Conference.

Building on the themes I shared in part one of my debrief from #WCC2020, in this blog I’ll share another great keynote & workshop.

As a reminder, some of the key lessons I learnt in part 1 were:

  • The power of using metaphors with clients;
  • Scientific evidence for the effectiveness of coaching;
  • Different approaches are equally effective, choose a coaching approach that suits who you are as a coach;
  • Gestalt coaching can improve my awareness of contact, context & the power of creative experiments with clients.

Achieving impact via the Welsh Coaching Conference 2020 (part 1)

Achieving Impact part 1

Welcome to my fifth year of blogging about the Welsh Coaching Conference, this time our theme was Achieving Impact.

Once again this great event delivered on that promise, with inspiring keynotes & practical masterclass workshops. The latter being more experiential and all the better for that.

Our chair, once again, was the charismatic Dave Tee. He is such a well-connected leader of the coaching community in Wales. Dave, who is also the editor of The Coaching Psychologist from the BPS, brought together a great collection of voices to help all types of coaches develop & achieve more impact. Well done once again to Dave & the organising team.


#datavizlive part 2, Data Viz from testing to emotion & finally beauty

#datavizlive part 2

This post continues my debrief of a great Data Viz event I attended in London, this is #datavizlive part 2.

Building on all I learnt in part 1, we pick up the story with me still attending a variety of sessions across the three tracks. To start I continued attending the Technology track.

On my own data viz training, we work on embedding suitable preparation & quality assurance (QA) into your analysis workflow. Thinking of data prep for Data Viz. Taking this aspect as seriously as the data wrangling & QA needed for your analysis.


So much more to see in the data at the first #datavizlive (part 1 of 2)


This week I had the pleasure of attending the first #datavizlive event to be run in London. There was so much good stuff there that I’m spreading this debrief over two blog posts.

I’ll confess to being drawn to the event by the big-name headline speakers. These included Data Viz gurus Andy Kirk, David McCandless and Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic

But, as is often the case at this sort of event, despite those experts delivering great presentations, I gained as much from the other practitioner speakers and the opportunity to network. It certainly was a buzzing event with several hundred packed into Propero House near Borough station in London.


Happy New Decade to you, here is our focus for 2020, what will be yours?


A very happy new year to you & indeed a new decade. How do you plan to start the 2020s? Have you taken time to be mindful about your priorities?

Having spent some time reflecting over an enjoyable Christmas & New Year break, here are some of my thoughts for this blog.

It has been a delight to see our readership grow over the last 4 years and I’m conscious we now have a more diverse readership than ever before. For that reason, I will seek to keep our content a mixture of both entry-level and more advanced topics.


More great Data Visualisation examples from this years awards

data visualisation examples

Let’s look at 3 more great examples of Data Visualisation award winners from the latest Information is Beautiful awards.

As I mentioned in my first post reviewing this event, this is a great opportunity to be inspired in your own practice. For creative examples and elements of winning Data Visualisations to inspire improvements to your own charts. As I advice on my Data Viz training, you hone your craft by creative experimentation & testing.

In our first post on this event, I shared examples from the following categories:


2019 Data Visualisation Award Winners my 1st pick of examples to help you

2019 Data Visualisation

One of the traditions on this blog is an annual review of Data Visualisation Award Winners.

Since 2015, I have shared blog posts reviewing my pick from Data Viz award winners in 2016, 2017 & 2018. There are a growing number of Data Visualisation contests these days, but I am still a fan of the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards.

These awards were kicked off by David McCandless in 2012, himself a Data Viz expert well worth following., in partnership with the Creative Director of Kantar. The combination of expert judges and public votes also help protect the quality & relevance of the winners chosen.