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Practice: Total Sales1:23 with Michael Watson
The first practice problem for Data Visualization in Excel.
[SOUND] Now that we've learned a lot about data visualization and
how to create and format charts in Excel, let's put some of that work to practice.
Practice makes a big difference with chart building, data analysis, and,
let's be honest, a lot of things in life.
When I first started working in business, I didn't know much about charts.
When to use what type of chart, the vocabulary.
I was a complete novice, so
in many ways you are already ahead of where I was when I started as an analyst.
Over time, I got a lot more comfortable and confident with what I was doing and
how I should be visualizing data.
I want to remind you of the importance of telling stories when visualizing data.
It's not only important as the chief goal of visualizing data,
it's also a helpful learning tool.
At the outset of my job as an analyst,
I participated in the creation of many different stories and
through that experience learned how to tell stories by myself.
Let's get started on some practice.
In this first problem, I want you to open the spreadsheet in the teacher's
notes that includes sales data for a fictional retail chain.
Your boss has asked you to create a chart showing total sales for
the chain over the course of the year.
What chart will you show her?
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