Workshops

Learn the art and science, the theory and practical hands-on tactics of creating compelling communications experiences based on surveys, scientific research, public or proprietary data sources. Click to learn more.

Data literacy is “the ability to read, work with, analyze, and argue with data.” To be proficient working with data, you need to first have a data-driven mindset. You need to be able to speak the language of data. In this class, you’ll learn to first think differently about data. Then we’ll work on some basic data analytics skills. This can be taught together as one workshop or separately as individual half-day workshops. Click to learn more.

D3 has become the standard tool for creating custom, interactive, animated visualizations for the web. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the most critical key concepts to learn in this open source javascript library, while creating an animated, interactive visualization. Click to learn more.

Excel is the go-to tool for working with data but most people have a lot of room to improve. This workshop will exercise a few skills that can lead to exponential improvement. We will also introduce Power BI’s visualization capabilities and the incredible Power Query tool, which is also available in Excel, for data transformations. These skills can be taught together in as one workshop or separately as individual half-day workshops. Click to learn more.

Erin Souza – Charles River Associates

Bill Shander’s data visualization workshops have been well received across all roles and levels at our firm. Bill is clearly an expert on the topic and he is also a talented facilitator! His creativity and flexibility in the classroom bode well for true problem solving.

Erin Souza
Charles River Associates
Joe Procopio – International Monetary Fund

Bill Shander’s workshop was perhaps the most highly praised workshop our department’s staff training committee organized this year. Bill was happy to work closely with us before the workshop to help tailor its contents to make it more relevant for our organization’s communications objectives and staff’s current skill level. Everyone left the day energized and more confident in their ability to tackle future data visualization projects.

Joe Procopio
International Monetary Fund
Heather Huerta – CALPERs

We invited Bill to come share his expertise with 24 members of public affairs and stakeholder relations teams. Bill customized a dynamic workshop specific to our needs. Bill provided a format that was engaging, educational, and inspirational. Our team is excited to put to practice his methodology and tools including his memorable acronyms for distilling messages!

Heather Huerta
California Public Employees' Retirement System
Susan Justus – Betterment

Bill is an engaging facilitator and very knowledgeable on the topic of Data Visualization. He has a unique way of mixing the lecture with activities to make for an impactful and hands-on learning experience. He also challenged us to think outside the box by providing helpful frameworks that are tangible and easy to apply immediately.

Susan Justus
Betterment
Gretchen Hall – Strategy + Business Magazine

Bill started with a highly entertaining and informative history lesson on data visualization and then took our team through several exercises designed to give us the tools to think about our data and our content more interactively. It was an extremely successful session for us all.

Gretchen Hall
Strategy + Business Magazine
Rachel Richter – Dun & Bradstreet

As an Analytics & Insights team at a B2B company, we are in the depths of data and analysis all of the time and can become disconnected from the needs and preferences of our audience. Bill really helped us think about how to tell a compelling story and visualize data & insights in an engaging way. He worked through specific materials with us and gave us tips & tricks that will help bring our work to a new level.

Rachel Richter
Dun & Bradstreet
Jenny Rone – US Department of Agriculture

Bill’s class inspired my staff. For example, he effectively led a critique of some draft visualizations, provided pointers, and walked the staff through a ‘before and after’ demo. That “real life” activity, in particular, has helped challenge the staff’s creative thinking and transformed their process and deliverables. It was tons of fun!

Jenny Rone
US Department of Agriculture

Online Classes

I’ve created multiple courses for LinkedIn Learning, all on the topics of data storytelling, data visualization, and information design.

Offered as a for-credit course to undergrads, as well as professional students for a GIS certificate, my Data Visualization and Communication class will launch Spring, 2021.

This “Big Four” professional services firm has a four-part internal training curriculum focused on Data Analytics and Visualization, which I helped create. I also facilitate about 20-30 of the online classes for them per year.

I have a free online class to learn D3.js Key Concepts on Skillshare.
Seth Lipkin

A great, well-paced introduction to D3!

Seth Lipkin
Skillshare Reviewer
LinkedIn Learning Student

My favourite course that I’ve taken on LinkedIn Learning so far. Bill structured the course really well and presented his points in interesting ways that made me think about data visualization differerently.

LinkedIn Learning Student
LinkedIn Learning Student

This instructor is the most engaging/interesting instructor I have listened to on LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com). Virtual learning is very difficult for me- oftentimes I become distracted- unfocused- however the approach- style- voice and relaxed demeanor of this presenter makes the learning easy- engaging- and interesting. Too bad he doesn’t teach all courses!

LinkedIn Learning Student
LinkedIn Learning Student

The course instructor provided tons of great ideas for presenting data. I’m an avid MS Excel user and honestly just had not thought of the many suggestion he gave in regards to creating & presenting data.

LinkedIn Learning Student
Edwin Cruz

The best and most concise D3 guide I’ve found on the internet 🙂

Edwin Cruz
Skillshare Reviewer
LinkedIn Learning Student

clear, well structured, enlightening. perfect.

LinkedIn Learning Student
Big Four Training Student

Very versed in the subject excellent skills at presenting and engaging the class in the polls and white boards. Verbally offered supportive feedback to all Chat window comments.

Big Four Training Student
Big Four Firm
LinkedIn Learning Student

An immensely well-written and enjoyable course. Loads of insights and analyses on the most effective ways to tell a data-driven story: use linearity and digestibility in infographics to encourage progressively deeper commitment to the content by the viewer. A vignette into the human mind- really. Great stuff.

LinkedIn Learning Student
Big Four Training Student

I really enjoyed the presentation. I especially liked that it was interactive. Bill was on point and responded to the comments in the chat. I liked how he concluded the session and explained how this course can enhance our analytical abilities.

Big Four Training Student
Big Four Firm
Brian Higson

I really enjoyed this course because it was exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to learn more about what D3.js could do to visualise CSV based data and Bill did an excellent job of walking through the steps involved. Did I get every detail? No, but Bill gave me a skeleton from which I can now build and I think he did an excellent job of this.

Brian Higson
Skillshare Reviewer
Big Four Training Student

Bill was the perfect person to teach this class! His funny disposition and way that he facilitated the entire training was much appreciated!

Big Four Training Student
Big Four Firm
LinkedIn Learning Student

Very- very- very- clear and on point- with lots of examples. Well paced and dynamic. Just perfect.

LinkedIn Learning Student
LinkedIn Learning Student

Bill is just phenomenal! What a great story teller he is and how calm he is when he is explaining things. It’s just so relaxing listening to him and absorbing all the knowledge he is sharing!

LinkedIn Learning Student
Big Four Training Student

Bill Shander is one of the best teachers and instructers [Big Four Firm] is lucky to have. He is very clear, makes it real easy to understand and engages well with his audience.

Big Four Training Student
Big Four Firm
LinkedIn Learning Student

THIS COURSE OPENED MY MIND

LinkedIn Learning Student
Big Four Training Student

Bill was great – great speaker, good at keeping our attention and keeping people engaged.

Big Four Training Student
Big Four Firm
Big Four Training Student

Bill was great. He is very knowledgeable and ensured that there were plenty of opportunity for interaction. He was very responsive in
answering our questions and trying to clarifying things for us.

Big Four Training Student
Big Four Firm