Office Hours 2023
Live Q+A Sessions with Ann K. Emery
Want to work on your report, dashboard, or infographic together?
Bring your drafts to Office Hours!
We meet for 60 minutes (almost) every week over Zoom.
Ask Me Anything
Here are some topics we've worked on recently:
- How to organize qualitative data in Excel
- The difference between radar charts and radial charts
- 4 different options for displaying pre and post data
- How to set up a spreadsheet to collect different type of program data (demographics, intake forms, attendance, outcomes, etc.)
- Designing dashboards (for internal technical audiences) vs. infographics (for external non-technical audiences) -- Different variables to include, how to vary the graph types and formatting, etc.
- Showing test score data on correct vs. incorrect responses
- Annotating charts to avoid having a huge Text Wall paragraph that nobody reads
- Font eyedroppers
- Icon arrays for small n's
- Grouping and ungrouping dates in pivot tables
- What to do if you only have one color in your logo
- Using nested if's to recode students' scores into percentiles and then groupings (e.g., a "74" is the 19% percentile, which falls into the 10-19 group)
Troubleshoot in a Small Group
We typically have 5-10 people join each week's Office Hours.
Catch the Replays
Yes, Office Hours are recorded in case you can't make it live.
Here's what's inside:
StartRSVP to the Sessions
StartJanuary 9: Year-End Infographics; Dealing with #n/a's in Pivot Tables; Analyzing Qualitative Data in Excel & Other Programs (53:11)
StartJanuary 23: MS Forms; Appending Tables; Vlookup/Xlookup on Messy Name/Email Data; Stacked Bar Charts Showing Training Attendance (75:13)
StartJanuary 30: Scaled Data for a Tiny n (just 10 people!); Using Forms to Make Data Entry Easier; Turning 1 Graph into 2 Side-by-Side Graphs (69:18)
StartFebruary 6: Analyzing Kate's Dataset from Start to (Almost) Finish; Sue's Tips on Font Readability and Color Contrast; Gerda's Recoding Question (Leaving blanks alone) (70:12)
StartFebruary 13: Sankey Diagrams; Adding More Pivot Tables to Kate's Spreadsheet; Adjusting IF Statements to Get Cells to Show Up Empty (59:20)
StartFebruary 20: Timelines in PowerPoint; Graphing Retention of Students Over Time; Feedback on a Course Registration Page (85:38)
StartFebruary 27: Character Counts vs. Word Counts in Sheets/Excel; Gerda's Updated Dashboard; Thinking about the Summary Tables for Kate's Library Dataset (59:37)
StartMarch 6: Organizing Vanessa's Tables & Adjusting Graphs (49:41)
StartMarch 20: Admissions Graphs (Sankey? Not Quite); Project Management Template; Checking for Vlookup/Analysis Issues; Quick Wins for a One-Pager; Displaying an "Other" Bar (60:32)
StartMarch 27: Formatting Tables in Appendices; Setting Up Theme Fonts on a Mac; Suggestions for Stacked & Diverging Bar Charts (56:07)
What Participants Are Saying
"During the office hours, we mocked up what the graphs could look like and ultimately edited them to produce higher quality, easier to understand visuals...
Getting feedback from the group changed the style of the graphs, colors, way I utilized text, and I was even encouraged to turn the graphs into a GIF for better online engagement...
I was excited for the live office hour sessions when I would get to hear from someone else in the field and learn how they might use a graph style as well as how they did it...
Questions and discussions sparked thinking and problem solving about my data visualization in new ways, past the technical work in Excel...
The supportive community that was built goes beyond the technical skills we learned throughout the course, as I know I have a wider network to connect with for questions, feedback, and advice long after the course ended."
- Maddison Staszkiewicz, Evaluator, MaddisonStasz.com
About the Instructor
Ann K. Emery is an internationally-acclaimed speaker who equips organizations to get their data out of dusty spreadsheets and into real-world conversations.
Each year, she delivers over 100 keynotes, workshops, and webinars with the aim of equipping organizations to visualize data more effectively.
She has been invited to speak in 30 states and 10 countries; 7,500 people have enrolled in her online training academy; and she has consulted to 200 organizations, including the United Nations, Centers for Disease Control, and Harvard University.
She earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree from George Mason University.
After traveling full-time as a digital nomad, Ann now resides in Florida along with her husband and three children.