How to Bring Storytelling to Analytics

Fewer numbers can give greater insight if they are the right numbers.

We all dread the weekly report. A spreadsheet arrives in your inbox, crammed full of numbers, perhaps a few charts, maybe even some attempts at “data visualization,” but usually without any narrative or explanation. You look at it and think: “So what?” So what is it telling you and so what are you going to do about it? We’re not short of numbers. We’re short of understanding about what to do about the numbers. As analysts, we’re complicit in this. We have a habit of sending out data rather than insights. We’re good at reading numbers but not great at telling stories. We need to be telling more stories because people remember stories and they rarely remember a piece of analysis.

But what are the ingredients of a good story and how is that relevant to analysis?

Stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end. When it comes to delivering in results of a project in a presentation, I urge consultants to go by the old adage: “Tell them what you’re going to tell them, tell them, and then tell them what you told them.” In other words, start off by giving key highlights, tell the story, summarize, and close.

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