Tag Archives: Talks at Google

Video: Storytelling with Data


It’s surprisingly easy to make a confusing graph. No one sets out with that purpose, but it happens frequently—across all industries and by all sorts of well-intending people. One way to avoid this challenge is to never simply show data, but rather to tell a story with it.

Former Googler Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic teaches people how to turn data into high impact visual stories that stick with their audiences. Join this engaging session, moderated by Tina Malm and Davey Nickels, where Cole features highlights from her new book, storytelling with data: a data visualization guide for business professionals. Hear about the powerful strategies that were honed through her work on the People Analytics team and the data visualization course that Cole created at Google and taught at offices throughout the US and Europe.

Photo: Luis Llerena

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Video: James Robinson: Why Nations Fail


Professor James Robinson is a leading developmental economist, political scientist, and New York Times bestselling author. His book is Why Nations Fail. It proposes an institutional explanation for why some societies are dynamic and prosperous and others are not. He has fascinating examples from the present day going back to the Roman Empire.

Photo: Joshua Jackson

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Video: Friend & Foe: When to Cooperate, When to Compete

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Columbia & Wharton Business School Professors Adam Galinsky & Maurice Schweitzer visit Google to talk about their new book, “Friend & Foe: When to Cooperate, When to Compete, and How to Succeed at Both.” They discuss why humans aren’t hardwired to exclusively cooperate or compete, but rather to do both interchangeably. Along the way, they address questions such as:

Why are twins reared apart sometimes more similar than twins reared together?
Why do husbands gain weight during their wives’ pregnancy?
Why does hierarchy help in basketball but hurt in baseball?

Photo: Ian Schneider

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Video: Gina Barnett: “Play the Part”


Executive coach and professional speaker Gina Barnett stopped by Google NYC to discuss her new book, “Play the Part: Master Body Signals to Connect and Communicate for Business Success”

Every body tells a story. From the moment an actor steps on stage, an audience collectively feels whether his or her performance is authentic, forced, or over the top. Business professionals are also performers—and the workplace is their stage.

In Play the Part, executive communication consultant Gina Barnett brings the same techniques actors use to bear on all types of presentation and communication situations, from the board room to the conference stage. She reveals how the body affects our communication and thought patterns and how to align these consistently for maximum success. Featuring practical exercises, she shows you how to develop presence and become more intuitive, so you can navigate challenging communication situations with optimal results. You worked hard to earn your title. Now it’s time to play the part.

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Video: “Terms of Service: Social Media and the Price of Constant Connection”

Jacob Silverman’s recently-released book TERMS OF SERVICE is a call for social media users to take back ownership of their digital lives. Integrating politics, sociology, pop culture and technology, Silverman explores the surprising conformity at the heart of the digital culture and what it means now that none of us can ever be alone. Reflecting on the implications of the collapsed barriers between our private and public lives, TERMS OF SERVICE explains how social media companies engineer their products to encourage shallow engagement and discourage dissent. Illuminating the new era of connectivity as never before, Silverman brings into focus the inner conflict we feel when deciding what to share and what to “like,” and explains how we can take the steps we need to free ourselves.

Silverman’s work has been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Slate, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and many other publications. In 2008 the Virginia Quarterly Review recognized him as one of the top literary critics under 30, and in 2012 he was a three-time Jeopardy! champion. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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