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  • Writer's pictureMonica Kay Royal

How a Communication Coach Uses Data | Chris Chin

Updated: Aug 4, 2023

The goal of this podcast is to highlight unique data jobs and help people learn about the skills required for data professionals.


Chris Chin’s role as a Communication Coach plays a crucial role in the data industry by helping data professionals enhance their communication skills. By mastering communication, data professionals can effectively convey the insights derived from data, tell compelling data stories, and influence decision-making. Chris combines his expertise in communication with his understanding of data to bridge the gap between technical skills and effective communication, making his role as a communication coach a valuable and data-related career.


In this episode, we had the pleasure of learning about Chris’ journey from being a music composer to transitioning into the world of data and ultimately becoming a communication coach. Throughout the conversation, we discovered some valuable insights and key takeaways that can help us excel in our careers. Check out these nourished nuggets! 🍗🍗


Embrace Your Unique Background:

Chris's background as a music composer shaped his perspective on presentations and communication. He emphasizes that a presentation should not be solely focused on information but rather on creating an inspiring experience for the audience. Drawing from his musical expertise, Chris believes in varying the tone, using pauses effectively, and structuring presentations like a compelling story to engage the audience.


Learn by Doing:

Chris emphasized the importance of hands-on learning. He found that traditional classroom-style learning often led to forgetting what was taught. Instead, he recommends diving into projects and experimenting with different data sets and industries to develop practical skills. Learning by doing not only solidifies knowledge but also fosters problem-solving abilities and critical thinking.


Minimalist Slides and Storytelling:

Chris advises against overwhelming slides packed with text. Instead, he encourages breaking down information into manageable chunks and using visuals to support the story being told. By focusing on the experience and inspiration rather than inundating the audience with information, presentations become more engaging, memorable, and impactful.


Q&A Throughout the Presentation:

Chris advocates for incorporating Q&A sessions throughout a presentation rather than reserving them for the end. This approach allows for timely clarification and ensures the audience's understanding of the material. It also provides an opportunity to gauge audience engagement and address any confusion or concerns promptly.


Practice and Self-Assessment:

Chris recommends recording yourself while practicing presentations, interviews, or any form of communication. This self-assessment allows you to analyze your delivery, structure, and engagement level. Focus on aspects such as pacing, tone variation, and logical ordering of key points. By practicing and reviewing your recordings, you can identify areas for improvement and fine-tune your communication skills.


Expand Your Comfort Zone:

To grow and excel as a communicator, Chris advises pushing beyond your comfort zone. By taking small steps, such as speaking up in meetings or volunteering for presentations, you gradually build confidence and develop your skills. Just like a muscle, confidence requires exercise and practice to grow stronger.


If you want to learn more from Chris Chin, you can follow him on LinkedIn and visit his website, thehiddenspeaker.com. He also recently started a YouTube channel where you can find his short videos on data visualization, storytelling, and presentations.


What aspect of communication do you find most challenging?

 
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