StoryIQ Co-founder and Instructor
Isaac Reyes is an international keynote presenter, TEDx speaker and thought leader in data storytelling. His firm, StoryIQ, partners with the world’s leading organizations on the delivery of enterprise wide data analytics training programs.
Having delivered StoryIQ workshops across 27 cities on 6 continents, Isaac enjoys adapting his facilitation style to the needs of international audiences. He is passionate about uncovering what he calls the ‘inner data storyteller’ that lies within every business professional.
The organizations that Isaac recently trained include:
Isaac has the ability to engage and teach in a simple and straightforward way what seems to be complex. I loved this session, it was dynamic and interactive. Impossible not to be engaged.
Excellent facilitator. Isaac made sure that everybody was on the same page before moving to the next phase of the training. The topics were discussed in such a way that they could be easily absorbed
Isaac has held the following positions
- Co-founder, VizCon, The World’s Data Storytelling Conference
- Head of Data Science, Altis Consulting
- Biostatistician, Datapharm
- Sessional Lecturer in Statistics, The Australian National University
- Lecturer in Statistics, The University of Canberra
- Master in Statistics, The Australian National University
- Bachelor of Actuarial Studies, Macquarie University
- Bachelor of Finance, Macquarie University.
Isaac’s Recent Keynotes and Conference Talks
- Principles of Data Visualization, Keynote, Merck/Corning Data Science Symposium 2020
- An Introduction to AI for the Non-Data Scientist, Internal Company Event for Dell Technologies, 2020
- How Anyone Can Build a Machine Learning Model, Internal Company Event for Schroders, 2020
- Asking the Right Business Question, Decode 2020
- The Art of Data Storytelling, Keynote, ODSC Brazil 2019
- The Data Visualization Arsenal, The Cisco Data Symposium 2019
- From Numbers to Narrative, ODSC Europe 2018
- The Art of Data Storytelling, The Institute of Internal Auditors Singapore, Annual Conference 2018
- Do we forget half our world? TEDxUniversityofSanCarlos
- A podcast interview with Isaac on Kirill Eremenko’s Superdatascience Podcast
Interview with Isaac
How would you describe your facilitation style?
In three words, I’d describe my facilitation style as interactive, fun and supportive.
How do you keep your sessions engaging?
Data analytics can be a dry topic at the best of times, so I use a combination of humor, polls, on-screen annotations and quizzes to keep energy levels high. I’m a ‘conversational’ trainer – structuring my sessions more as a discussion with lots of opportunities for free-flowing conversation and reflection rather than a formal lecture. Our participants are sharp professionals who have their own experiences to share with the group – I view my role as the person tasked with drawing out those experiences for the benefit of the larger group.
What are your thoughts on training virtually?
I’m one of the minorities who believes that virtual delivery can be just as effective as face-to-face. In the virtual setting, transitioning into breakout groups happens in a matter of seconds, whereas breaking out into small groups in the face-to-face context can really interrupt training flow. Online, we leverage breakout groups quite often to create ample opportunities for reflection and discussion. Virtual delivery also allows participants to seamlessly draw on the screen – something that is handy when teaching data visualization. I'm also a fan of the chat box - learners can ask their questions as they think of them, without fearing that they are interrupting an ongoing discussion. There are downsides though. I do miss having the ability to quickly garner the ‘pulse of the room’ by scanning people’s faces. We get around this by encouraging participants to turn cameras on if they are comfortable and by conducting regular ‘pulse check’ online polls. I do also miss visiting the far-flung locations that our clients used to send us to!
What do you like to do when you aren’t delivering training?
I’m a lifelong learner at heart, so you can find me getting lost on YouTube, Wikipedia or in a book with a decent rating on Amazon.