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Thinking deeper about the importance of Data Viz @datavizlive online

This post continues my debrief from the first-ever @datavizlive online event. As I shared previously, I had the joy of chairing this event and so introducing a great line-up of Data Viz speakers.

As before, let me apologise to those speakers whom I do not include in this debrief. It is no comment on the quality of your presentation (all talks were of a high quality). Rather, I only have space in two blog posts for those sessions where I learnt most (of those I attended).

So, in my first post, I shared useful advice on establishing best practice & design principles from JLL & Emma Cosh. The final session shared in that post was  Xaquín‘s call for improved public data & visualisation by public bodies. This post continues that focus on values.


So much more to learn at the first #datavizlive online, chair’s reflections

#datavizlive online

This week, I had the pleasure of chairing the first-ever #datavizlive online event. Following on from the excellent #datavizlive conference in London earlier this year (which I’ve shared previously).

It was an interesting experience as a chairperson, using Microsoft Teams rather than seeing a physical audience. You can’t feed off the audience in the same way, but I was glad of the live Q&A functionality.

This event was again delivered by Tucana Global. They also took the sensible step of investing in a tech team to coordinate speakers, chairs & media behind the scenes. I was also able to direct the audience to a wealth of teams & channels to explore, including exhibitions and networking.


Data Visualisation in Modern Data Architectures (trying a webinar)

Modern Data Architectures

We’ve spoken before about how to run your own workshops online, but you may also want to attend others to keep learning, e.g. about Modern Data Architectures.

In a bid to experience for our readers whether the raft of webinars being advertised can replicate the events they replace – I signed up to attend one. Many working in the Data & Analytics space will have at some point attended Big Data LDN, as a one-stop show to see several vendors at once.

This is not my preferred type of event, but I noticed that in a series called “Modern Data Architectures” they had a webinar on Data Visualisation. I was also curious to watch this as it included a presenter from Looker, a tool that Ryan de Rooijen has recommended to me.


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.