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Data storytelling training

Elevate your narrative with Duarte DataStory®

Employ data storytelling techniques to distill key insights from data and shape them into clear, actionable recommendations that speed up decision-making processes. Master the art of transforming complex data points into compelling stories that drive action.

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The vital role of data storytelling in today’s business landscape

Data-related roles are the third fastest growing occupation according to recent research from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Yet, hiring data-savvy employees doesn’t always translate into results.

The missing link? The ability to communicate data effectively and turn raw data into actionable insights.

Our Duarte DataStory® workshop teaches a research-based methodology for explaining data in a way that moves people to action. This isn’t just about data analysis or data visualization – it’s about mastering presentation skills to deliver persuasive data communication.

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Attendees recommend Duarte

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Ways to learn

Learning formats for your data storytelling training

Whether in person or live online, these workshops provide facilitated discussion, small group collaboration, and hands-on practice to refine your data recommendation.

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Live online workshop


  • Spread over two days, with two 90-minute sessions each day
  • One 30-minute break per day
  • Physical or digital kit

Dates: July 18-19 or August 15-16

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In-person workshop


  • One day, packed with four 90-minute sessions
  • Three 15-minute breaks and a 45-minute lunch
  • Physical kit

Dates: October 29
Location: Duarte HQ in Santa Clara, CA

10 or more on your team?

Schedule a chat on our Training Concierge’s calendar, we can answer questions, build packages, and set up trainings based on your team’s availability.

Course overview

Transform your data into a compelling narrative

  • Present data as a recommendation that motivates clients and stakeholders to act.
  • Utilize data storytelling techniques to present data in a way that decision-makers can easily understand and approve.
  • Institute a common “data language” and methodology to increase decision-making speed across your organization.
  • Maximize the potential of your data by crafting a data story that resonates.

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Workshop agenda

Four sessions dedicated to achieving data storytelling mastery

Module one

Synthesis and empathy

Effective storytelling requires you to carefully review and assess information to form a meaningful connection with your audience. Learn how you can best synthesize data and win over key stakeholders.

  • Become fluent in the Language of Data™
  • Write clear observations and chart titles to explain data insights
  • Synthesize insights and empathize with decision makers
Module two

Crafting recommendations

Prepare to captivate your audience with comprehensible, actionable, and strategic recommendations. Learn how to more effectively articulate and document your ideas.

  • Strengthen strategic actions
  • Learn to articulate your recommendation as a Big Idea™
  • Write an executive summary structured in three acts
Module three

Organizing thoughts

How you showcase your recommendations is just as important as the ideas themselves. Gain valuable tips to strengthen your pitch and data story.

  • Utilize Story Thinking™ to create persuasive recommendations
  • Define the “What, Why, and How” of your recommendation
  • Contrast with counterarguments to support your data story
Module four

Visualizing data

Further your storytelling mastery by providing captivating visual proof and examples.

  • Learn how to make data visualization stick in the audience’s mind
  • Overlay annotation and sketch hierarchy for clarity
  • Translate your recommendations into persuasive Slidedocs™

Train yourself or your whole team with scalable workshop options

For individuals

Enroll in our public Duarte courses. Perfect for individual data scientists, analysts, engineers, and others looking to improve their data storytelling skills and presentation capabilities.

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Michael Duarte

Instructor highlight

Michael Duarte, Senior Director of Learning Strategy and Master Facilitator​

With 30 years at Duarte, Michael is now a Master Facilitator and Senior Director of Learning Strategy, and he loves problem solving to help clients overcome communication challenges. He is also a Communication Coach at UC Santa Clara’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, and a guest lecturer at Northwestern University.

Hear from previous data story learners

Here’s what past participants had to say about this workshop.

“One of the best workshops I have ever done, and the presenter never had me wishing I was somewhere else! Great course.“

“Before this workshop I knew I needed to improve my storytelling skills, but didn’t know how to do it other than trial and error. But now I have real steps to take and feel like I took leaps ahead in my presentation muscles.“

“This workshop was an excellent use of time! It helped me move beyond some common myths with presentations, as well as added techniques to make presentations more impactful, which can be implemented immediately.“

“The workshop gave me great tools to structure information when I need executive decisions. I have immediate scenarios where I will use what I learned for more effective communication with our company’s leaders.“

“The workshop helped me get over the overwhelming thought of having to present a ‘data-backed’ story. I now have a starting place and will definitely reference the templates, frameworks, and workbook over and over again.“

“This changed the way I think about how to approach presenting data to my stakeholders. I am certain this will now significantly reduce misunderstandings, misalignment, and misinterpreting data.“

“Presentations have to be clear and persuasive, but I never knew exactly how to do that until I took this workshop. Now I can make better presentations by following the steps Duarte has outlined in their workbook.“

“I am so glad that my company invested time and money to send us to DataStory. We brought integrated teams together for the class. The content and facilitation was awesome!“

“The Duarte training felt seamless! Participating virtually, our team was still very engaged and appreciated the content plus [real-time] application. We have takeaways from a slide presentation and executive summary perspective to benefit daily work.“

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Secure your professional growth with data storytelling training

Advance your career by learning to craft data stories that can change the course of your business decisions. Enroll now and take the first step toward becoming an influential data storyteller.

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