The Data Standard

The Data Standard Audio Experience with Kimberly Herrington, Data Journalist and Creator of #BuffaloBusinessIntelligence
Kimberly is a data journalist at a large healthcare company in Buffalo, New York, and is also the founder of Buffalo Business Intelligence. Kimberly joins The Data Standard to talk about improv in the workplace, mentorship, how to handle “potentially derailing” questions during a presentation, and the most important advice Kim has ever gotten regarding giving impactful presentations.

Episode Summary

According to Kimberly Herrington, anyone can work with data and analytics if they have passion, limitless curiosity, and are not afraid to fail.

“Before you go into a presentation, write out for yourself what you want people THINKING, FEELING, or DOING differently after attending your presentation.”
– Kimberly Herrington

In this episode of the Data Standard, we’re joined by Kimberly – data journalist at a large healthcare company in Buffalo, New York, and is also the founder of Buffalo Business Intelligence. Buffalo Business Intelligence is a free word-of-mouth networking group designed to unite users using various data visualization tools. Meetings topics center around business intelligence, data storytelling, data literacy, data governance, analytics, and data science. In this conversation with Darren Kaplan, Kim and Darren discuss the importance of improv, empowerment, and mentorship in the world of data science.

You should listen to this episode to get insights on:

· How improv comedy helped Kim adapt to a changing world during a pandemic
· How data scientists can improve their communication skills through improv
· Some rules of improv and how they can translate into social and working environments.
o Why “NO” stalls communication, innovation, and “eats the fun” out of an interaction
o How “Yes” can open & strengthen communication channels
o How “Yes, And…” can take a “bad” idea and turn it into something new in a positive way
o How questioning everything without offering alternative statements can stall innovation or progress for a team
o How communication is verbal and non-verbal and how important body language is as powerful as the words you say (so turn on your cameras!)
· Kim talks about her experience as a mentor, and why mentoring is so important to her
· How you might find a mentor through Facebook Groups
· Darren discusses how important it is to get your personal story out in 2-3 minutes
· How improv skills can help if you are interrupted in the middle of an elevator speech or pitch
· How to avoid over-answering questions- while still valuing the questions people have
· How Kim prepares for meetings
· The most important thing to remember when preparing for a presentation
· What kinds of feelings does Kim strive to make people to FEEL with her stories?
· Why Kim thinks fear of asking questions is keeping us from getting to “data utopia”
· Why is Data Literacy important to Kim?
· How to hack your muscle memory to replace social media apps with career-building opportunities and relationships
· Why connection and community is important to advance in your career

Meet the Hosts

Darren-Kaplan

Darren Kaplan

Co-Founder & Board Member of HiQ Labs
Darren Kaplan is 2x Founder and recognized as one of the Top 20 Data Science Influencers in 2020. Darren is the co-creator of The Data Standard, the premier networking user-community for data-science, data engineers, and cybersecurity enthusiasts.

Kimberly Herrington, MS

Data Journalist and Creator of #BuffaloBusinessIntelligence
· Data Journalist and Creator of #BuffaloBusinessIntelligence · 2020 Data Literacy Advocate of The Year by Data Literacy LLC · Top 20 Data Influencers of 2020: Big Data, Data Science, & Analytics by Rivery.io · 60+ Data Changemakers to Know by Narrative Science Kimberly Herrington is a data storyteller and community builder dedicated to the transformational promise of data literacy. Her passions include increasing analytic community communication, increasing regional data literacy, and growing data visualization user adoption. In 2017 she created #BuffaloBusinessIntelligence, a free word-of-mouth networking group designed for boots-on-the-ground professionals of all skill levels and backgrounds. Kim Herrington believes that anyone can have a career in data analytics if they have passion, limitless curiosity, and are not afraid to fail. Be sure to follow Kimberly on LinkedIn for great content on data storytelling, data literacy, and social determinants of health: www.linkedin.com/in/kimberlyherrington