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Shawn Callahan - Data storytelling

  • Oct 26, 2016 · 6:00 PM
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It seems that wherever you look these days someone is talking about big data, data driven or evidence based decision making and digital transformation. There is a drive to collect data to make faster and better decisions. 

But all this effort is for nought unless you can communicate the insights that are discovered in a way that inspires action. As a result we are seeing the field of data storytelling emerge but I have to say what we see now is merely the beta version.

This talk and some hands on practice is to propose a broader way of thinking about data storytelling and also to share some specific approaches that you can use. 

About Shawn

Shawn Callahan is the author of Putting Stories to Work and the Founder at Anecdote, the world’s largest business storytelling company.

Shawn started his career in technology with companies such as Oracle and IBM but realised, at the end of the day, it was the human factors that determined the success of any enterprise. 

In 2004 he founded Anecdote, a firm that helps leaders and sellers find and tell great oral stories. 

He works with Global 1,000 companies such as Shell, Danone, Microsoft, TESCO, Allianz and Bayer all around the world. 

Anecdote licenses its business storytelling programs to companies that are delivered in 6 languages in over 20 countries.

Shawn is based in Melbourne, Australia and can be contacted at His LinkedIn is


Wednesday 26 October 2016

• 6:00 - 6:30 networking over drinks and nibbles
• 6:30 - 7:45 exploration of the topic
• 7:45 - 8:00 wrap up and informal conversations 
• 8:00 Dinner for interested parties


Room 9, Level 10,
RMIT Swanston Academic Building (Building 80),
445 Swanston Street, Melbourne

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  • Stuart F.

    Thanks for coming and making it a great night everybody. It was great to see some old faces & new, and lots of connections being made, both with each other and with the great insights Shawn shared. Try to be more aware of stories in your workplace this week and try sharing one with a work colleague and see how you go.

    1 · October 27

  • Karen S.

    So sorry but my day has not gone to plan and I also cant make it. Enjoy the evening.

    October 26

  • Gail B.

    Unfortunately my day has turned pear shaped and I am not going to make it. I am very sorry I am going to miss this.

    October 26

  • Stuart F.

    If I Skype the meeting, who would be interested in joining in?

    October 25

  • Luke G.

    Sad that I will be missing this session which Shawn is presenting. We really should find a way to record or Skype members in who might be traveling. I'll be in Sydney. Have a super night all and I look forward to watching the Tweet stream.

    1 · October 25

  • Nicky H.

    Unfortunately a late meeting means I can not get into city in time. Was looking forward to the session and also catching up with people while in Melbourne

    1 · October 25

  • Stuart F.

    A fantastic article on data analytics today by Kailash Awati shows that this area still needs strong collaborative sense making skills to frame the problem for data analysis work. Have a read before Wednesday because Shawn's talk will show how the results end of data analytics is also in need of human expertise and knowledge to tell the story of the results.

    1 · October 22

  • MLR

    Sorry to miss this month's event, as I recently introduced members of my team to the joys of Shawn's blog.

    1 · October 5

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