MYW S03 Episode 05 – Data Literacy Part 3: Communication and Storytelling with Data

Time to pull it all together! In this episode, we wrap up our mini-series on data literacy by discussing how to communicate effectively using data. We cover important things to consider when preparing your talk (or write-up), knowing your audience, and effectively structuring your message. We also briefly talk about data visualization as a tool that can be used to augment your delivery.



0:50: Why is storytelling important?

2:30: Putting data and stories together

4:38: Preparation: Deciding on your purpose

6:30: Preparation: Knowing the context

9:45: Knowing your audience

22:25: Structuring your presentation or message

28:55: The structure of a story

31:30: Data visualization

34:27: Data viz “commandments” (aka basic tips)

36:15: Effective delivery in presentations

39:40: Effective delivery in documents or manuscripts

41:40: Wrap-up


Mentioned This Episode:

Cicero Public Speaking Cards

Examples of great storytelling:

The beauty of data visualization – David McCandless (chosen by Jose)

Start with why – Simon Sinek (chosen by Nicholas) – Email us your ideas or suggestions here!

MindYourWorkIO – Send us a tweet! – Find us here!



Our intro and outro music is “Ingenuity” by Lee Rosevere, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC 3.0). You can find more of Lee’s music at Our transition music for this episode is “Bike ride with you” by Ryan Anderson. Licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC 4.0).


Logo Artwork by Antonella Espinoza. Find her at @ellaspin on Twitter!

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