And here we go

This is it, the beginning. Welcome to my blog. I am not sure what this will lead to, but I am excited. I plan for this to be part of a conversation about some of the topics I am interested in and have learned a good deal about. As of now, that boils down to one word: storytelling. I’m not talking about sitting around a campfire, but instead the storytelling you and I do each and every day. We tell stories with visual aids. We tell stories with data. We tell stories that get our point across and win people over.

I am not an expert, I am a student. However, I think it may be helpful for you to learn with me. I have learned a great deal by working with some good people and studying the work of those who have gone before me (and are still going strong!). I want to share some of their insights, along with some of my own.

A bit to vague for you? Well, read on. I hope I can help you, and I bet you can help me. Let’s talk about data visualization. Let’s talk about presentations people will actually want to sit through. Let’s talk about getting things done, instead of wasting away in meetings or catching up on a relentless deluge of e-mail. Lets talk about leadership, whether or not you have the title of one. Lets talk about being vital. 

This blog is about the pursuit of excellence. We can pursue it by always striving to do better, by learning how to be the best at what we do.

I will do my best to keep this up as much as I can. Please be patient with me. I hope my writing will get better as I go. I will make mistakes. Let me know when you disagree. Just please be polite. Like most of you, I have a day job and loved ones that have to come first. I hope to keep this blog updated throughout the week. Let me know what you think. I will do my best to get back to as much as I can, as fast as I can. 

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Posted on March 23, 2010 .