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Mar 2021

Introduction to Data Storytelling: Narratives from Data (Live Stream)

Course Information

Start Date17 Mar 2021, Wednesday
End Date17 Mar 2021, Wednesday
Time9.30am to 4.30pm
VenueOnline via Zoom
Fee$680 (excluding GST)
ContactRoshini | 6720 3333 | training.aventis@gmail.com
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In this data age, the ability to extract value from data is highly sought after by both individuals and organizations. While data analytics is often associated with hard skills such as database management, programming and statistics; hard skills alone are not enough. It requires the right mix of soft skills to contextualize the problem, make sense of the analysis and communicate it in a concise, coherent and compelling fashion to drive action.

This workshop aims to provide a broad but practical overview of the entire analytics value chain; with a specific focus on building & telling a compelling story to an audience. Many great analyses fail to realize their potential by falling short in the “last mile” of value; more specifically, how to tell a concise, coherent, and compelling story from the data to drive decisions and actions. This workshop seeks to build these often-overlooked capabilities in the “last mile” of value in analytics; which include, how to glean pivotal messages from data, how to structure and tell a data story that makes the audience care. This workshop aims to address such capability gaps; especially for professionals and managers who have some experience with analysis, but are finding some challenges in making an impact in the “last mile” of value in analytics.

Data Analytics Series Overview

There has been growing interest in analytics over the past decade; particularly how data can be leveraged to create value for organizations through analytics, by augmenting and improving the decision-making processes. To the point where many organizations have sought to build core competencies in analytics to fuel their growth. Contrary to popular belief, it takes more than hard data and technology capabilities to succeed in analytics; it takes the right combination of hard and soft skills to capitalize on the data advantage.

This is ONE of FOUR virtual workshops that make up a comprehensive curriculum on Analytics. Each workshop is modular in nature, addressing different aspects along the analytics value chain.

  • Data Management and Reporting – focuses on processing and managing data to deliver insights
  • Data Analysisfocuses on the technical aspects of mining data for objective insights
  • Data Visualizationfocuses on presenting data inaccessible forms to get the right message across using data visualizations
  • Data Storytellingfocuses on presenting analyses and proposals in a concise, coherent, and compelling fashion to facilitate decision-making
Course Highlights

By the end of this course, the participants would be able to:

  • Understand what data analytics is, and the key ingredients for sustainable analytics
  • Understand the analytics value and the part that effective communications with data plays in delivering the “last mile” of value
  • Understand the key principles behind developing and telling a concise, coherent, and compelling story from the data
  • Gain practical data storyboarding skills through a structured approach in the application through a case exercise
  • Translate the data storyboard in the case exercise into a presentation deck that tells a concise, coherent, and compelling story
Target Audience

This workshop is designed for managers, professionals and staff at all levels who want to learn how to make a bigger impact with their analysis and data storytelling. The course is suitable for participants across all industries and job functions.


Participants are required to have basic MS Excel and Powerpoint skills; some prior knowledge of data analytics would be helpful.

MS Excel (ver 2010 or later) is required.

Course Outline

1. What is Data Analytics?

  • A general introduction of the concept of analytics; including the general applications and the potential of analytics to inform, explain and guide decision making
  • Case studies – See how some notable organizations have successfully deployed analytics to great effect (Walmart, Target, Google etc.)
  • Foundations for sustainable analytics – understand what it takes to build analytics capabilities


2. The Analytics Value Chain and the role of Data Visualization and Communication

  • The analytics value chain
  • It takes more than just data to deliver value in analytics; it takes the right combination of hard and soft data skills; particularly the soft skills in interpreting the analytical outcomes in the right context


3. Principles of Storytelling with data

  • Finding the conclusions and key messages from analysis
  • Leveraging frameworks to structure the story into a storyboard
  • Finding the right balance to tell a concise, coherent and compelling story
  • How to make the audience care and achieve the intended objectives


4. Structure of a good Data Storyboard: Telling a Persuasive Story

  • Opening Act (Emotional)
  • Main Act (Analytical)
  • Concluding Act (Finish with a Dagger)


5. Class Exercise: Building a Story board using a Case Study based on given charts and analysis

6. Class Exercise: Translating the Story board into a a concise, coherent and compelling story using MS PowerPoint

Data Expert: Joanna Tan

A seasoned leader in Human Resource Business Partnering with more than 25 years of diverse industry, Joanna has experience with reputable multinational and local corporations such as Sage Software, Hasbro, Apple, IBM, Rockwell Automation and Wing Tai Holdings. She has proven success in managing and rolling out major organization change initiatives involving various key stakeholders especially with the sales and marketing teams in driving revenue and margin optimization using business metrics and intelligence.

Joanna currently consults and leads engagements to help FYT clients build HR analytics capabilities across many sectors and regions, including technology, government, pharmaceutical, sales & finance across the Asia Pacific Region. She also has a strong background in talent management and development, organization design, change management as well as employee engagement. Joanna holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts with National University of Singapore and a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration with Singapore Institute of Management. In addition, she is accredited in Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA v5).

Data Expert: Michael Lee

Michael Lee is an associate of FYT Consulting Pte Ltd. An IT professional by training with more than 25 years of consulting & practical experience across many functions (sales, client management, business operations & customer service) throughout various roles (Vendor, Systems Integrator, Distributor and Enduser) in both the public & private sector.

Prior to joining FYT Consulting, Michael has done consultancy and process re-engineering for several SMEs. He has also conducted numerous training sessions on Virtual Teaming for international banks and corporations. In addition, he has made many speaking engagements in Customer & Partner events, as well as in major international Sales Conferences.

Michael has managed the Asia Pacific Sales Operations for Linksys, a division of Cisco Systems. His portfolio included the day-to-day operations within the Asia Pacific. He was also running the China sales for almost a year. Prior to that, Michael led the Asia Pacific Sales Operations for Cisco System and the Business Operations for Customer Service in Asia Pacific & Japan in Cisco. In addition, he headed a global Metrics & Business Intelligence team comprising members from the Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas. Before joining Cisco, Michael worked for Peoplesoft, AT&T GIS, SAP and National Computer Systems (SCO). Michael holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Mathematics as well as an MBA from the National University of Singapore


“Michael can retain my interest throughout the whole day. I didn’t feel bored. This course really helps me on how can I analyse data and present with precise and concise. As a UX consultant, I can benefit this course by doing my discovery phase. Learning through Zoom is also very interactive, I like the idea of using google docs.”
Nurshafeeqa Binti Rafiey, Associate Consulting Analyst, DHL Information Services (Asia-Pacific)

“Michael is very clear in his teaching, and is very patient! This is the first IT-related course I have attended where I did not feel like the instructor was impatient with people who may be slower in their progress.”
Nicole Hilary Teo, National Heritage Board

“Micheal is very engaging! Even though it is a zoom class, he managed to include many interactive elements and easy to follow. I enjoyed the class. I’ve learned the importance of data visualisation and how we can use it for presentation. It was a positive experience and very well-managed session.”
Shermin Tham, MINDEF

“Mr Michael Lee is very knowledgeable on the topic. The experience was beyond my expectation. I expected a lecture, but it was an interactive two way approach with hands on practise & exercises. There are many good takeaways from the session.”
Nur Zalifa Andeera Binte Fadzillah, MyLustre Pte Ltd

“Michael is knowledgeable and able to explain the concepts. I would recommend this course to my colleagues. This structure of storyboarding would greatly benefit my presentation to my colleagues. It enables the thought process to flow smoother when coming up with a story.”
Sandra Tan, Vice President, Technology, Singapore Exchange Limited