"You have no head or tail in presentation"
"Can you please get to the point?!"
“Too much complicated data, there’s no story here!”
To comments like these:
“Well thought through, insightful, action items clearly defined ”
“Simple and engaging. To the point!”
“This is exactly what I wanted to see. As head of the business I feel proud of such a presentation !”
...you need to learn 'Effective Storytelling with Data'
Narrative: Craft insightful messages, build a coherent flow and add engagement elements
Visuals: Choose simple charts and apply Visual highlighting
Delivery: Prepare to deliver with impact (for physical and virtual meetings)
I come from the world of numbers and business, given my past as a CA, MBA and management consultant (hey, don’t judge me… we all make mistakes!).
But I also understand and appreciate the importance of ‘right-brain’ elements - an understanding that flowered during history-storytelling startup days (don't ask).
So, essentially you get the holistic, complete picture about storytelling!
For more details about my profile please visit my LinkedIn page
Kevin Ignatius, KPMG Management Consulting
“We could observe vast improvement in all the review presentations given by the business heads…. Once again, you have gone above and beyond in your efforts to bring out the best in each of them!”
HR Leader, InterGlobe Air Transport
“Ravi is a master of storytelling. Lots of people have the ability to take your idea and create a great story. Very few people can take an already great story and make it ‘wow’. Ravi did that magic for our speakers”
Ashwin Naik, Serial Entrepreneur, TEDx Pune Leader
It was one of the best virtual trainings I have experienced so far, and a big thank you to Ravishankar Iyer, to make it so interactive and exciting.
She now leads workshops on creating engaging online sessions. Professors from Harvard, Columbia and Stanford have found these practices helpful in taking their courses online.
Learn more about Aditi on her LinkedIn page
I'm not sure if this course will help me. Also, which of the two course options is right for me?
As mentioned, the course is for folks from Consulting, Analytics, Data Science, or anyone in a leadership position and who needs to make data-heavy presentations to senior audiences at work.
However, if you are from the domain of Technology, Marketing, B2B Sales or are a startup founder, then this course may not be the right one for you. A proposed course on 'Business Storytelling' will be launching next, which would be tailored for these audiences.
If you have a high-stakes work presentation that you want specific feedback on (through one-on-one coaching sessions) then you can choose the second course option. If not, go for the first one.
If you're still unsure and would like to clarify, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is so different about this e-Course's design?
This course uses a “flipped classroom” model.
In a normal classroom, the trainer teaches the material live. After the class, you may be asked to do some assignments - or you may try applying the concepts at work. You get stuck... But are unable to get any live support... and you end up doing things the old, ineffective way.
In a 'flipped classroom', you see the lectures (as pre-recorded videos) at your own convenience and pace. Then, you work on the assignments on your own and with your groups. While doing so, you can clarify any doubts immediately over the community discussion forum.
And then you have the Live sessions with me, where the time is used more productively to solve specific issues (especially those that were most commonly faced by all).
What does a typical weekly schedule look like?
We start on the 8-Jan-2021 (Friday) with a 90-min live session, post which the first two module's videos would be released for viewing (about 100 mins).
You need to go through these, and then apply the learning on two assignments (one individual, one group).
I'll be reviewing the assignments and providing overall feedback on them (may not be possible to give individual feedback).
At the end of the week, we will have another live session (1.5 hours, Friday 6 pm India time) where I'll answer your questions, share my observations about the work submitted and share some of my own experiences on data storytelling.
Throughout the week, if you want to ask any questions, share inputs, reading suggestions etc., you will have access to a community platform (Slack or equivalent) to do the same.
This is how each week's schedule will run for four weeks.
What would be my total time commitment for this course?
You basically need to write off four weeks of your lif... Sorry, didn't mean to reveal that.
You can estimate that you'll spend about 4-5 hours per week... so across the four weeks, around 15-20 hours.
I understand it would be difficult for busy working professionals. But think of it as investing time for your future - time that will help you craft better data stories more efficiently!
When would the Live sessions happen? What if I can't make it to them?
The live sessions would happen every Friday between 6 pm to 7:30 pm India time.
These would be vibrant, engaging and enable you to solve specific challenges you are facing - so you should plan to attend them all!
In the unfortunate event that you miss a live session, however, you will have access to the session recording and notes.
I'm really keen to attend! But I can't make it on the proposed dates. Any options?
Yep! More cohorts would be planned soon. Subscribe to the email newsletter for updates.
The fee seems steep!
Think of it this way. How many critical presentations do you make in a year? Say 6? (once every 2 months?).
What makes these presentations critical? Mostly because you are pitching valuable ideas to clients or to the top-management.
How valuable would these ideas be? You might be pitching ideas worth millions in some meetings, but let’s take a conservative average of Rs. 1 million per pitch.
If, after attending the course, you convert even one pitch in a year - because of better storytelling - then the value of the program would be more than realized! :)
To give you the example of just one such person - Here is the story of Nitesh (name changed) - a business leader from one of the companies I worked with.
(As an aside, the pricing also ensures that your co-participants will be senior high-achievers like you who are really serious about improving this critical skill).
On a separate note, if you are from a social enterprise and would like for your employees to undergo this workshop please reach out at email@example.com. Social sector organizations have a special place in my heart (and a special pricing on the course!).
Does the fee include GST? Also, can I get a GST invoice?
Yes! The fees are all-inclusive of taxes.
In case you need a tax invoice with your GST details, drop me an email and I'm happy to provide the same.
What is your refund policy?
I am confident that you will get massive value from the course - and achieve tangible impact at work.
Having said that, I'm committed to full learner satisfaction. And so, if you watch all the video lessons, complete the assignments, and still don’t find the course valuable, I’ll happily refund your full payment.