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July 13, 2018

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Data analysis is only valuable if you know how to communicate the results effectively to stakeholders who might be less data-savvy. For instance, what good is examining consumer trends if you can’t explain how to leverage the information to your boss? The reality of it is the most important skill you can learn as a data analyst revolves around communication.

Present Data That Speaks to Your Audience

Whether you’re creating a presentation for your internal team, an external vendor, a potential customer, or anyone in between, you need to be able to make your data findings tell a story. Only a certain type of person will understand data the way you do, so it’s essential that you can take the information and tailor it to the needs of your audience.


Ready to elevate your career?

Learn from experienced faculty and gain the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in today’s data-driven world with an online Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics from Saint Mary’s University.


As a key component of the Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, effective business communication and presentation skills are woven into the curriculum with an emphasis on:

  • Data visualization – how you display data matters. Whether using charts, graphs, or other graphics, you’ll learn how to present data in a way that makes sense and is compelling to your audience
  • Humanizing the data – large data sets are not inherently easy to understand. Through your coursework, you’ll learn the communication strategies and tactics that help simplify and humanize the information so that different stakeholders can understand it

Convey Your Value

Being a skilled data analyst is one thing, but clearly stating your findings and expressing your work’s value to a range of audiences can set you apart. At Saint Mary’s, you’ll enhance your business communication skills and position yourself as an asset to any organization.

Are you ready to take the next step in your career? Learn more about the Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics, or explore our other key program takeaways for this program.