The books, blogs, and tools you need to present data for maximum impact.

It’s taken me years to build my epic toolbox for building impactful analytics data visualizations and presentations. I offer you that toolbox here: a curated and comprehensive compendium of the books, blogs, tools, templates and other resources that shaped my data storytelling journey.

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they align with my work philosophy, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to invest in something.

My Most Recommended Resources

Lea Pica - Resources - Jeffalytics Google Analytics CourseGoogle Analytics Course by Jeffalytics

The most artfully designed and scientifically sound data visualizations don’t mean a thang if your underlying analytics data isn’t up to snuff. Google Analytics Course by my friend Jeff Sauer of Jeffalytics will take you from GA Zero to Hero in just a few days. He offers over 30 training videos at different levels of expertise, exclusive monthly webinars and a private community forum. This is by far the most comprehensive learning package I’ve come across for learning GA. Click here to learn more about this killer course!

Lea Pica - Resources - Nuts & Bolts Speed Training

Nuts & Bolts Speed Training

My good friends Taylor Croonquist & Camille Holden are the masterminds behind the world’s only online course designed to help you unlock hours of time with little-known PowerPoint productivity features and tricks. PowerPoint 3X has saved me countless hours of time and enabled me to deliver stunning presentations in a third of the time. Anyone using PowerPoint must consider this incredible resource.

Lea Pica - Resources - KeyRocket


KeyRocket productivity software alerts you to every keyboard shortcut on your PC when you do a task with your mouse. Keyboard shortcuts ARE they key to minimizing wasted effort. KeyRocket prevents you from taking the “scenic route” so that you can get that monthly report out the door in a fraction of the time. KeyRocket will turn even the most shortcut-shy Windows and Office user into a rip-roaring shortcut ninja in short order.

With their regular trial, you’ll preview a limited set of features. I’ve partnered with Veodin to offer you a fully unlocked 14-day trial of SlideProof. My exclusive fully unlocked trial key:


Lea Pica - Resources - Nuts & Bolts Speed Training


SlideProof by Veodin is an incredible add-in for PowerPoint. It acts as your proofreading team, performing over 100 checks on your alignment, design and spelling. Click here to download their free trial.

With their regular trial, you’ll preview a limited set of features. I’ve partnered with Veodin to offer you a fully unlocked 14-day trial of SlideProof. My exclusive fully unlocked trial key:



My Interactive Resource Finder

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Resource Topics

Data Visualization

Resource Types

Time to Shine
The Digital Analytics Power Hour
The Present Beyond Measure Show
Storytelling with Data
Jumpstart by Jeffalytics
Tableau Software
The Chart Chooser by Juice Analytics
Extreme Presentation Method's Chart Selector
Emery Essentials Chart Chooser
The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics by Dona. M. Wong
Show Me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten by Stephen Few
Presenting Data Effectively: Communicating Your Findings for Maximum Impact by Stephanie Evergreen
Visualize This: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics by Nathan Yau
Now You See It: Simple Visualization Techniques for Quantitative Analysis by Stephen Few
Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data by Stephen Few
Edward Tufte
Stephen Few - Perceptual Edge
Stephanie Evergreen - Evergreen Data
Ann K. Emery
Flowing Data
The Rad Presenters Podcast
Information is Beautiful
Microsoft PowerPoint
Keynote for Mac
Google Slides
Haiku Deck
Logitech Wireless Presentation Clicker
Presentation Zen
Presentation Zen Design
Stand and Deliver: Dale Carnegie Training
Brain Rules
Presentation Zen
HighSpark (formerly SlideComet)
Big Fish Presentations
Speaking About Presenting
Laura M. Foley
Think Outside the Slide
Chris Lema
Uncommonly Social
Creative Commons
Death to the Stock Photo
The Duarte Diagrammer
Adobe Color CC
Colblindor (Color-Blindness Simulator
Design Seeds
Google Fonts
Quill Engage
Nuts & Bolts Speed Training
Storytelling with Data
"Storytelling with Data"
This Moved Me
Depth of Knowledge by Jeffalytics
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