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From Tufte to the Magic Kingdom: Telling the Story Behind the Data

"From Tufte to the Magic Kingdom:  How to use visual elements and storytelling to keep your audience awake."

A Neuroscience Ph.D & quantitative analyst who communicates like a TED talk presenter?

Join us for a talk by Ms. Sterling Walker, an unusual guest who checks both those boxes!

Sterling has volunteered to present on the topic of data visualization, storytelling, and best practices in turning data-driven insights into understanding. Sterling will draw on her experience as a New York comedian and all-around nerd to discuss how narrative and graphical elements can be used to increase audience understanding of quantitative data, and how a memorable presentation is crafted like a theme park =)

About Sterling: Breset "Sterling" Walker, Ph.D. has been over-educated both in Berkeley, California and New York City. Finding her day career of medical research insufficiently hilarious, she started performing improv comedy, and stopped inviting her coworkers when they suggested she rehearse her lines more.

More about Sterling:

Sterling Walker on LinkedIn

Sterling on Twitter

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Jaime Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald Analytics, Inc.

Best Small Consulting Firm To Work For (Consulting Magazine '10 & '11)

Special thanks to our hosts, TJ Walker and Mike Bako of Media Training Worldwide. Many of you would be turned away if it were not for their generous - and fast - response.

TJ Walker, CEO

TJ Walker has been called the leading speaking expert / media trainer in the world by Bloomberg TV, Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" and Fox News.  He is the author of 5 books including the #1 national bestseller “TJ Walker’s Secret to Foolproof Presentations." Walker has been the personal presentation / media coach to Presidents, Prime Ministers, CEOs, US Senators, Super Bowl Winners, and Nobel Peace Prize winners. Walker gives more than 100 keynote speeches and training sessions a year on leadership communication, media and presentation skills. His most popular keynote is“Bully Pulpits: Speaking Secrets of World Famous Leaders.”

Mike Bako, President

In addition to training duties Mike is the host of Inside Communications and is the Director and Producer of the internationally seen documentaries, Secret to Speaking Like Obama and The Epic Disasters of BP.  Past clients include BAE Systems, EverBank, Duke University, and the National Medical Association. Mike has appeared nationally and internationally on Fox News, Wall Street Journal Radio, Headline News, and Al Jazeera TV. He has also been quoted on and  Bako is also the producer and editor of the largest series of online interactive learning schools on the Internet. 

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  • Georgette

    I thought about this. A presentation, as opposed to a working meeting, is a lot like a theme park. The attendees are suspending their regular activity, giving up control to the presenter and expecting to be guided with cues, as Sterling pointed out.

    March 16, 2012

  • Ray S.

    Video of this highly rated event is here:

    March 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed it!

    February 14, 2012

  • Ray S.

    Compelling presentation by Sterling Walker. I learned from it.

    February 12, 2012

  • Craig W.

    Excellent meetup. The Q&A afterwards was as thought-provoking and informative as the presentation itself.

    February 11, 2012

  • Georgette

    Interesting ideas but would have preferred more concrete examples

    February 10, 2012

  • Jaime F.

    Efficient yet fun presentation. Thanks Sterling! Looking forward to your future talks on this, including the one at TEDx! And thanks to everyone who attended! Your energy and questions was a key part to make the event worthwhile!

    February 10, 2012

  • Alex M.

    Excellent presentation. Both entertaining and informative, I enjoyed the fresh take on presentation skills.

    February 10, 2012

  • Courtney B.

    Sterling was terrific!

    February 10, 2012

  • Nikhil M.

    Fantastic talk.. Lot of interesting points to keep in mind. Will definitely help me in the future.

    February 10, 2012

  • Joyce S.

    Outstanding presentation by Sterling Walker!

    February 9, 2012

  • Jaime F.

    Hi Todd and Rafael -- yes, we finally got a larger space. We cleared the 30+ off the waiting list, and have 10 more spots left :-)

    February 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would also love an update.

    1 · February 7, 2012

  • Todd S.

    Any word on a new venue? Would love to go. Thanks!

    1 · February 7, 2012

  • Jaime F.

    Hi Susan,
    Travel safe, and we'll document the highlights was much as possible.
    Have a good one.

    January 30, 2012

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