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How to Create Data Stories That Actually Engage People

July 18, 2024

8:00 am - 9:00 am PT | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm ET


Here are the problems: 1) You need to get a group of humans interested in an important topic. 2) The topic is complex. 3) There's a lot of data to share. 4) Human brains have limitations. So the challenge is to tell a story in a way that humans can understand and get behind. To do this, we need to first understand human's powers and challenges when it comes to consuming data. Then we can make better charts, maps, and graphs (aka data visualizations) given what we know about the human brain. And finally, we can present charts in a way that humans can absorb.

Who Should Attend?

Professionals interested in improving data presentation skills

What The Training Will Cover

  • Learn key ways humans process data and visual information.

  • Learn about humans' limitations when it comes to understanding topics that include data.

  • Learn how to apply knowledge about humans' cognitive abilities when choosing and designing a chart to make your point.

  • Learn how to present a chart in a slide presentation in a way that humans can easily absorb.


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Additional Information

All workshops are live. Registrants receive slides & handouts. It is expected participants will be able to be on camera and able to unmute for some portions of the training to participate in discussions. Full recordings are not provided. This training must be done sequentially. If you miss a session, please reach out to

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Please Note: 

We do not offer any other discounts for this training other than the member rate. Upon registration, you will receive a link to participate in the training. Please check your inbox or spam folder.


Amelia Kohm, PhD, is the founder of Data Viz for Nonprofits and has more than 25 years of experience studying, funding, and evaluating human services. She earned a certificate in data visualization from the University of Washington and applied her data visualization skills in her research at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, a child policy research center. Prior to Chapin Hall, she worked as a program officer at the Sears Roebuck Foundation and at the Illinois Humanities Council. She earned her BA from Haverford College, an MA from the School of Social Services Administration at the University of Chicago, and a PhD from the University of Bath.



1 hour of training = 1 credit hour



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