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We’ve been keeping something from you.

We’ve been working on it in stealth mode for a couple of months. It’s SEJ’s biggest initiative to date, by far.

How it all started…

Earlier this year, Searchmetrics approached us with a simple idea: hold an exclusive 1 day marketing conference. Make the event “top-shelf” with a beautiful venue in a major metro. Hand-select amazing, proven speakers who wouldn’t have the same old stuff to say.

Make the event all about the attendees: emphasizing education and networking. Prohibit promotions, demos, sales pitches of any kind. Make the attendees feel their every need was taken care of – from a complimentary, catered lunch to a hosted bar for the networking hour. Make it free. Searchmetrics would sponsor the entire thing.

Oh, and my team would have near 100% carte blanche in determining, well, everything. From the venue, agenda, speakers, content focus.

We almost said no. 

While the Searchmetrics folks seemed cool, and authentic in their intentions…I was skeptical. Surely, after the deal was signed, they would change their tune. I thought of wedding planners who dread the Bridezilla– someone who makes outrageous or impossible demands, can’t make up their minds and is generally just #theworst.

What if Searchmetrics turned into, like, “Conferencezilla”??? What if they wanted to micromanage the speakers, or turn the sessions into a day-long sales demo, or otherwise just turn against the spirit of the stated mission, which was to make it 100% about giving value back to the attendees?

We weighed the pros and cons. Despite my pessimistic concerns, we agreed it was worth the plunge for the opportunity to put on an event of the scale and impact that we envisioned it could be for our audience.

You see, the SEJ team had been to so many conferences, seminars, meetups, networking events. And so many times we’ve had conversations about how we’d put our own spin on the agenda, the format, the venue. The chance to have an event under our own brand, done our way, was literally a dream come true.

And so it came to pass: our first conference event with Searchmetrics was in June at the Hotel Vitale in San Francisco.

We had 11 speakers, all well-known enterprise marketing experts from international brands like Cisco, SurveyMonkey, LinkedIn. 100 attendees showed up for a standing-room only event that flowed like clockwork.

At the end, it seemed no one wanted the party to be over – the hotel’s staff had to gently usher everyone to the exits (OK let’s be real, the bouncers kicked us out) after the event was long past its expiration. See more photos of the event here.

I really couldn’t be prouder. Our team executed the event flawlessly. The speakers were amazing. Marcus Tober, Liv Longley, Robyn Forman, and the rest of the team from Searchmetrics are my new heroes. Thanks to them, I have a new saying: “If something’s too good to be true…sometimes, it’s just good, period.”

So, when Searchmetrics approached us about expanding the event into a tour across the US and London, there was only one answer: Yes!

SEJ Summit 3 Takeaways, a conference series presented by Searchmetrics

The SEJ Summit is captioned “3 Takeaways” because attendees will leave with exactly that – 3 principles from each speaker that are impactful, memorable, and actionable.

The agenda will be tailored for the enterprise marketing space. Content, examples, and tips will be geared for in-house enterprise folks, or agencies with enterprise clients.

Session topics include content marketing, social media, digital enterprise marketing, UX strategy, and soft skills such as influencing, team management, negotiation. No product pitches will be allowed.

The following locations have been confirmed as host cities for next year’s conferences. Venues, dates, and speakers to be announced soon:

December 2023: Atlanta, Georgia

This conference is invite-only. Want to go?

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Datahack Summit 2023 Is Almost Here – Where Humans Meet Artificial Intelligence

Are you ready to experience Artificial Intelligence in action like never before? A world where Humans meet Artificial Intelligence?

If you are a data science professional, some one who dreams about machines and algorithms unleashing a new era in human evolution – this is the place you want to be.

Here’s a small video outlining the vision behind DataHack Summit from the man behind Analytics Vidhya himself, Founder and CEO Kunal Jain:

We are bringing together world-class AI practitioners, industry thought leaders, IoT experts, chief data scientists, data officers, machine learning engineers and researchers, technology evangelists, & data hackers from around the globe at this mega conference – from 22 – 25 November 2023!

Tickets are almost sold out so hurry and

Power talks, hack sessions, workshops, startup showcase, and a whole lot more – this is just a microcosm of what we have in store for you at DataHack Summit 2023. Come with me – let’s take a tour around the conference!

What’s in it for you?

DataHack Summit is a win-win situation for everyone – let me show you how.

If you’re an AI/ML/DL/IoT thought leader or executive looking to understand how things function from a holistic standpoint:

There are several talks from fellow leaders from different domains, like

AI in Drug Development by Gaurav Tripathi, Co-Founder and CTO at Innoplexus AG

‘AI & ML Applications In Credit Card Domain’ by Jayatu Sen Chaudhury from American Express

Blockchain is all the rage these days, so Ratnakar Pandey will tackle this topic with his talk on – “Blockchain in Financial Services”

‘Oil and Gas 4.0: Data Science & AI Applications in the Oil & Gas Industry’ by Yogendra Pandey, Ph.D

Cybersecurity is a critical aspect of any business – Dr. Satnam Singh will be presenting his take on ‘Using Deep Learning for Information Security’

And many, many more! Plenty of topics and domains will be covered and trust me, you don’t want to miss this.

And this isn’t all. There are plenty more perks of attending DHS 2023 for leaders – here’s a couple of highlights:

A wonderful opportunity to network with fellow industry leaders

CXO only workshops and roundtable discussions with Keynote speakers

If you’re an experienced data scientist, our hack sessions and talks will feel like you’ve hit the jackpot:

Data scientists with a wealth of experience and know-how will demonstrate state-of the-art techniques LIVE in front of you:

Feature selection in high dimensional spaces

Deep learning in the browser – How to get started with chúng tôi

Recommendation Engine – Comparing Machine Learning and Deep learning techniques

Check out the full line-up here.

With the massive amount of data being generated these days, Spark has taken on an ever more important role. We’ll be covering this topic as well:

Hack session on ‘Transition from Pandas to Spark Dataframe using Scala’

A comprehensive 8-hour workshop on ‘Machine Learning at Scale using SparkML for Big Data’

Want to increase your chances of winning data science hackathons? Join the great Sudalai Rajkumar for a workshop on ‘The MasterClass: How To Win Data Science Challenges?’

If you haven’t learned PyTorch yet, you’re behind the competition!

‘Understanding the Building Blocks of Deep Learning using PyTorch’ hack session

8-hour workshop on ‘Computer Vision Using PyTorch (Hands-On Deep Learning For Image Processing Using PyTorch)’ by Phani Srikanth (aka Binga)

If you’re a machine/deep learning researcher, we have:

Multiple sessions on reinforcement learning:

‘Introduction to the world of Reinforcement Learning: Applications and Challenges’ by Professor Balaraman Ravindran

Hack session on ‘Building your first intelligent agent to play video games, using Reinforcement Learning and PyTorch!’

Another hack session on ‘What makes you more money – A/B Testing or Multi Armed Bandit?’

A talk by Raik Otto on blood cancer research and by Souradip Chakraborty from Walmart Labs on Image Quality Assessment

Are GANs more to your taste? We have that covered too!

A talk by Dr. Sunil Vuppala on ‘Synthetic Class Specific Medical Image Generation using GANs’

A career panel full on superstar industry leaders on ‘Advantages and Applications of GANs’

If you’re looking to carve a career in data science and machine learning, we have plenty in store for you as well!

WORKSHOPS! 9 of them! Here are a few to whet your appetite:

Applied Machine Learning

Getting Started with Natural Language Processing (NLP)

Build a Predictive Machine Learning Model – Workshop by IBM

Hack sessions! Get a sense of the latest state-of-the-art techniques in the industry and learn how to use them

There’s a panel discussion on ‘Staying Relevant in the Age of Artificial Intelligence’ featuring some of the top industry professionals

A wonderful opportunity to network with fellow data scientists

There really is something at DataHack Summit 2023 for everyone! Let’s drill deeper into the content and hold on to your seats, because this is going to be a thrilling ride.

Power-Packed Content at DataHack Summit 2023

Analytics Vidhya is known for the world-class content we publish. This is not something we take lightly – and that is reflected in the articles we publish and the content you will see at our flagship conference.

This year, we have more sessions than ever before! These sessions will be covering a plethora of diverse topics that come under the AI umbrella. You can check out the tentative schedule (subject to changes in the coming days).

Let’s check out some highlights.

Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to announce two great industry leaders and influencers as the keynote speakers at DHS 2023 – Ronald van Loon and Tarry Singh! Both of these eminent personalities bring a wealth of industry experience and leadership expertise to the Summit.

Ronald van Loon – Director at Adversitement & a Renowned Thought Leader

Ronald van Loon is a recognized expert and a popular and well respected thought leader. He has a demonstrated history of helping data driven companies generate business value with best of breed solutions and a hands-on approach.

He is a guest author on leading Big Data sites, speaker/chairman/panel member on (inter)national events, and runs a successful series of webinars on Digital Transformation.

Tarry Singh – Founder & CEO of

Tarry Singh is the CEO, Founder and AI Neuroscience Researcher of an AI startup chúng tôi In his 17 years of work experience, he has guided CxOs of numerous global organizations in setting up data-driven organizations from scratch.

Tarry speaks regularly at global AI leadership summits worldwide and conducts workshops on a regular basis with his TAs who are currently chúng tôi in various disciplines such as NLP, Computer Vision and Robotics disciplines.

Power Talks by Industry Thought Leaders and Practitioners

Leading industry experts? Check. Machine Learning practitioners? Check.

We have 25+ power talks by data science practitioners and thought leaders from all over the globe. These power talks will encompass various tools, techniques and applications of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning in the industry.

Below are some of the prominent speakers who will be presenting at DHS 2023:

Check out the full speaker line-up here.

What’s more exciting than coding machine learning concepts from scratch? Hack sessions are one of the biggest features than elevate DataHack Summit to a whole different level.

These sessions are a one-hour code walk-through where the speaker presents a live code demonstration in an interactive manner. We received an overwhelmingly positive response on them last year, and are delighted to showcase 15 of them this year!

Check out Kunal’s video where he expands on what you can look forward to:

A wide variety of domains will be covered – Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Recommendation Engine, Reinforcement Learning, Natural Language Processing, Time Series, Graph Embeddings, and much, much more.

Below are a few popular hack sessions that’ll be covered at DHS 2023:

One of the most anticipated aspects of DataHack Summit 2023 are the workshops. And we are thrilled to be hosting 9 of them this year! These workshops aim to deliver practical knowledge in an exciting and easy-to-grasp manner, and enable the participants to build their own concepts under the supervision of experienced instructors.

Excited, yet? Here’s Kunal with an overview of what you can expect from these workshops:

Awesome! These 8-hour workshops cover a range of topics in Machine Learning and Deep Learning – and to add the icing on the cake, leading industry practitioners will be your guide! Check out the complete workshop list below and enroll yourself TODAY:

Want to see the real power of machine learning in society?

A huge addition to DataHack Summit 2023 is the ‘Startup Showcase’. Leading startups from across the globe will be showcasing some of the most exciting Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning products from a variety of domains.

Here’s a glimpse of the startups who will be presenting at the conference:

Empower Energy is serving customers in India without access to many aspects of the modern economy, most especially energy. As a social enterprise, Empower aims to generate both a financial and a social return, sustainable over the long term.

Rice Inc. is a social enterprise that aims to tackle food insecurity and poverty caused by wastage in the rice supply chain. They provide farmers with access to modern rice drying technology and storage facilities. Rice Inc is also the winner of Hultz Prize in 2023.

And there are more startups coming this week!

So what are you waiting for?

Join us at DataHack Summit next week in Bengaluru, and prepare to meet AI like you’ve never seen before!


Langogo Summit Language Translator Review

What’s the worst thing about traveling to a foreign country? I would count not understanding the language as the number one issue. The Langogo Summit Language Translator helps you remove the language barrier to make getting around, dining, and speaking easier. I was able to test the translator myself to see how well it handles translating by voice and photo.

Overview of Features

The Langogo Summit Language Translator is a small, but powerful, device that’s the size of a small smartphone. The 4-inch display and three font sizes make it easy to read translations in near real-time.

The device is designed for both short and long conversations, including speeches or lectures. It’s equipped with four omnidirectional microphones to pick up sound no matter how you’re holding it.

It uses 24 translation engines to help translate between 104 different languages. It’s even designed to work with different accents for better accuracy.

Depending on the language, translation results can be read aloud. The translator supports Bluetooth TWS headphones for faster audio translations, though these aren’t required for translations. However, they’re a good idea if you’re listening to and translating a speech in real-time and don’t want to interrupt others around you.

In addition to listening, the Langogo Summit also translates images. The 8 MP camera uses OCR technology to identify text and translate it to your desired language. Currently, it only works on 46 of the 104 languages. The user manual (choose Summit), which you can download directly from Langogo lists which languages are compatible with which translation features.

The device will receive system updates for performance improvements. It also boasts a self-learning algorithm to provide better results as you use it.

You get 32 GB of built-in storage. This gives you hours of recordings. You can also sign up for premium cloud storage for more space.

While it can be used on Wi-Fi networks, there’s also support for global data with a premium data plan. You can buy a SIM card or use the built-in eSIM card to use the device as a mobile hotspot as well.

Exploring the Langogo Summit Language Translator

If you know how to use a smartphone, you’ll quickly learn how to use the translator. The Langogo Summit Translator only asks you to set up a passcode and connect to an available Wi-Fi network during the initial setup.

Simply swipe up to view all the menu options. These include all your translation options, settings, data plan, account details, and even notes.

You’ll see the microphones at each corner around the screen. With the device facing you, the right side includes all the buttons, including power, translate/listen, and volume. The left side has a SIM card hole. An eSIM card is built in, but you can use your own physical SIM card with another carrier’s data plan if you’d like.

The touchscreen could be a little more sensitive. At times, you have to press more firmly than you would with a smartphone touchscreen.

Translation Options

This isn’t just one type of translator. It actually features five different options, depending on your needs. This alone helps set the Langogo Summit Language Translator apart from many other translator devices.

The five modes include:

Intelligent recording – This mode records audio, such as from speeches and lectures, and provides a transcription within minutes.

Interpreter mode – Get continuous translation without holding the translate button.

Translation – Get quick translations by holding the translate button when speaking. This is ideal for conversations or to translate a sentence or two.

Speech translation – This mode works similar to Interpreter mode and provides subtitles.

Photo translation – Take a picture of a menu, sign, or other text to translate.

It’s important to note that Translation and Photo translation are the only two options that don’t require a premium plan. However, for general travel and translation, except for recording long conversations or lectures, these two modes may be all you need.

There’s also one other feature that’s not exactly a translation mode. Instead, Idea Notes allows you to quickly take voice notes. For instance, if a local recommends a great restaurant, you could add a note to your Idea Notes so you remember it. This is a useful feature all on its own. As a side note, the screen is much clearer than the above image.

Testing the Translator

I tested multiple languages with the above modes. While I didn’t record any lengthy speeches or lectures, I did try recording audio from YouTube that had subtitles. This helped me to see the accuracy.

Overall, the Translation mode is the most accurate. I did have to hold the translate button several seconds longer when I or the other person was finished speaking in order for the Langogo Summit Language Translator to recognize that anyone was talking.

Intelligent recording, Interpreter mode, and Speech translation were fairly accurate. There were a few hiccups here and there where some words were switched around or just not right at all. However, the translations happened quickly, so you can keep up with who you’re talking or listening to.

I did like that the device stores up to four hours at a time and up to 226 hours total. So, you can keep quite a few transcriptions and translations on the device.

The Photo translation was hit or miss for me. Sometimes it would translate nearly perfectly. Other times, it was so far off it didn’t make any sense. It took several tries for the above to translate correctly. I even had a few times where it didn’t translate at all. I checked and I was using a supported language – Chinese. I did have better luck with Spanish and French, though, but it still wasn’t as accurate as the voice translation options.

Premium Features and Data Plan

If you want to access the premium features, you’ll need to subscribe to a monthly or annual plan. The Account option allows you to subscribe.

It’s important to note that you can download the Notta app for iOS or Android for free. It’s a translation app to use even if you don’t have the Langogo Summit Language Translator with you. You get 120 minutes of free voice transcription time and 20 hours of free cloud storage before you need to subscribe. You can also use this app to share and collaborate on translated files.

You get one free year when you activate your account on the Langogo device. The yearly plan is worth over $98. You can purchase more hours and storage if needed.

The global data plan price starts at $3.99/month. If you also want hotspot data, the cost varies based on the country and area. You don’t get much data, though, so don’t plan on using this as a major hotspot device for streaming or other heavy Internet use while traveling. For instance, one plan in the USA and Canada offers 300 MB/day for $4.80.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the Langogo Summit Language Translator is a valuable all-in-one translation tool for travelers and anyone wanting to communicate with people who don’t speak the same language. College students listening to lectures in other countries will love the transcription feature. Or, if you’re doing business in another country, the interpreter function is invaluable.

While translations aren’t 100 percent perfect, they were usually close enough (except for photos) to easily understand the meaning. Plus, with support for 104 languages, most languages you’d need are supported.

The only downside is needing a premium plan for many of the features. However, if you need translations often, it’s likely worth it. You can pick up the Langogo Summit Language Translator yourself for $349. If you use the code TECH10XM, you can save 10% until May 31, 2023.

Crystal Crowder

Crystal Crowder has spent over 15 years working in the tech industry, first as an IT technician and then as a writer. She works to help teach others how to get the most from their devices, systems, and apps. She stays on top of the latest trends and is always finding solutions to common tech problems.

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Instagram “Something Went Wrong, Please Try Again” (Fix)

When you open Instagram app on your phone, instead of seeing your usual Instagram feed, you receive an error pop up that says “We’re sorry, but something went wrong. Please try again later”. While the cause of the Instagram “something went wrong” issue can be vast and sometimes unknown, here’s a checklist of what you can do to figure out what went wrong and to fix the issue.

Fix: “Something went wrong, please try again” in Instagram

Let’s go with the basic fixes first. Since not having a proper internet connection would also cause Instagram to return the “something went wrong please try again” error, make sure your Android or iOS phone or tablet is connected to a working internet connection.

Check your WiFi settings or try to connect to a different WiFi network or use your cellular internet connection instead. You can confirm your internet connection by simply opening a browser app and visiting a webpage to see if it can be loaded.

Be sure to also check if you have accidentally turned on airplane mode on your device. Airplane mode restricts wireless signals in and out of the device, thus, restricting the internet connection required for apps such as Instagram.

The next thing to try would be to clear your Instagram app’s cache and data. Apps store data such as your login cookie, etc. as cache. When something goes wrong with an app, clearing the app’s cache and data will revert it to default as if you have just installed the app. This often fixes problems for the app especially login issues. Note that you will have to sign in to your Instagram app again once you have cleared its cache.

In the Instagram App info settings, tap “Clear data” or “Clear cache” at the bottom of the screen. Once the cache is cleared, retry launching Instagram app again.

If you can’t clear the cache or if clearing cache doesn’t help to resolve the Instagram “something went wrong” issue, try to uninstall the Instagram app and reinstall it. Uninstalling an app will remove all the app’s data and settings, while reinstalling it will be as if you are using the app for the first time. This often helps to fix random issues related to the app.

VPN is often the cause of many connection and login errors such as the Instagram “Something went wrong, please try again later” issue. Check your phone to see if it is currently connected to a VPN (or running any VPN app in the background).

If you have previously installed a VPN related app and have connected to one before, try to disconnect the VPN or uninstall the VPN app, and then retry launching Instagram app again to see if the error persists.

If your phone has a security app that can restrict apps from using your phone’s resources such as data or WiFi usage (internet connection), make sure Instagram is not blocked or restricted in any way. If Instagram is restricted by a security app, it may cause the “something went wrong, please try again later” error.

Ask your friends and see if they can login to their Instagram account. If they can’t login too, it likely means Instagram is undergoing a temporary outage. Check back in a couple of hours later.

To ensure the Instagram “something went wrong” issue is not due to your Instagram account, try to login to your Instagram account on a different phone, tablet or computer. Just try to login to your Instagram account through a web browser on a computer.

If you can’t login to your Instagram account on any device or PC, it may indicates that it is an account related issue. Here are what you can do.

Try to login to Instagram through Facebook. Since Facebook acquired Instagram, users can link their Facebook account with Instagram account.

Comment: Apple, Please Don’t Overthink Your Next External Display

Apple hasn’t made an affordable high quality external display since 2023 when they retired the final iteration of the Thunderbolt Display. The company has a long history of offering the best possible mass market monitors for notebooks and desktops, dating back to the late 90s or the early days of the Studio Display. Apple’s made a lot of weird decisions over the past decade and this certainly falls under that category. Now that the company has started to reboot the Mac and meet the needs of clamoring customers, it’s time for them to step up and make the display we actually need.

Rumors of a new display

Rumors have started to pick up about a new more affordable Apple display that could come this year. Just this morning, Mark Gurman at Bloomberg reported that the company is indeed planning to release a display in 2023 that’s half the price of the Pro Display XDR. But the Pro Display XDR is $6,000-$7,000 leaving this rumored display to be around $3,500 still. This product isn’t what most of us are looking for. It’s not even out yet and most customers in the market for an Apple display have been priced out.

I fear that Apple is overthinking their external display strategy. Not every Apple customer is making multi-million dollar movies or editing professional photography. I know that we’ve all been talking about this for years now, but the answer to this problem is staring us right in the face.

Strip the iMac down

Apple launched the new 24-inch iMac in April of 2023 and it’s proven to be a huge hit for the company. It revived an aging product line that desperately needed attention. It packs a gorgeous 24-inch 4.5K Retina display that has spectacular color reproduction and viewing angles. It also comes in an ultra thin beautiful package. It’s not too big and not too small. It’s arguably the perfect size.

Apple should take the same display that’s in the 24-inch iMac, remove the computer and the chin and ship it as a display. One change I’d make is to the foot, it should be able to move up and down just a bit to match the height of the iMac. The thin bezels make these a great candidate for sticking two together. There’d be very little space between them for your cursor to cross. Like the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, they could offer the display in both silver and space gray. The silver model could have the same light gray bezel as the iMac, while the space gray one could adopt a matching black bezel. You could pick the right color based on your working space or even to match your machine.

Affordable pricing

The iMac starts at just $1,299. That base model comes with a Magic Keyboard ($99) and a Magic Mouse ($79). Right off the bat, you can remove $180 off the price. Apple’s displays don’t need to come bundled with other accessories. Then remove the actual computer. I can’t really say what the computer inside of the iMac would cost, but it’s likely that the display itself is a more expensive component than anything on the motherboard. Apple could probably charge less, but to maintain a healthy margin they could sell their display for just $999. In fact, that’s the price of the last consumer display that was retired in 2023.

That price is the sweet spot and it means that more people could have an Apple-designed display on their desk. There are so many individuals and organizations that have Thunderbolt displays on their last legs, this isn’t a product category for the company to ignore. If Apple were to make a $999 display like this, they’d start to appear all over the place.

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2023 In Review And A Look Forward To 2023

Happy New Year to you all!

If 2023 was a year of huge change, then 2023 was more incremental, building on the foundations of 2023. I still tried lots of different things – different gigs, different projects, different tools – but I’ve found creating apps and solving data problems on the Google platform is my sweet spot of skills, experience and enjoyment.

2023 highlights: On this site

Investing so much time and effort into this site really started to pay off over the course of 2023.

Over 2,500 of you have subscribed to my email list and enjoyed a free copy of my ebook: Spice Up Your Sheet Life.

Midway through the year, I passed 100k pageviews, then 150k pageviews and am now close to 200k.

These have been the most popular posts of 2023:

In addition, this post about Google’s new data visualization and dashboard tool, Data Studio, was the most “viral” post of 2023, getting a huge (for me) number of shares and views on the day I published it:

In addition to those posts mentioned above, I also really enjoyed creating this animated data visualization of Washington D.C.’s temperatures since the 1980’s, using Google’s Visualization API:

Client highlights

Over the past year, I’ve specialized in providing G Suite and Apps Script services to clients, building dashboards, apps and tools to solve problems and save clients time. I’ve really enjoyed these projects and have worked with some great clients. I look forward to continuing into 2023 and focussing even further on custom Apps Script solutions.

In addition, I really enjoyed teaching two more data analytics courses for General Assembly in Washington, D.C.. The students were great in both groups and it’s a real privilege to teach them, and see such rapid progress in 10 weeks.

For private clients, I taught a number of data visualization workshops, focussing on Excel and Tableau, in Minnesota, Virginia and California.

I learnt a ton this year about running my own consulting business.

One of the biggest lessons was one client disappearing off the face of the earth when it came to settling their invoice. Despite repeated calls and emails, I’ve heard nothing. It wasn’t a huge amount of money, but it taught me a valuable lesson about trust, respect and how I price my services.

Want to work with me in 2023? Let me know and I’ll be in touch.

Goals for 2023

January is an exciting time of the year: a chance to set ambitious goals and a strategy for getting there.

The one big goal for last year that I failed to complete was releasing my digital course on building dashboards with Google Sheets and Data Studio. However, I’ve not stopped working on it, and it’ll be even better when I do release it. I’ve now recorded enough material that I’m confident of a launch in Q1 of 2023. Sign up to my email list for news and an early-bird offer when it launches.

Specifically, my goals for 2023:

Launch my Google Sheets & Data Studio dashboard course

Launch Edition 2 of my free ebook: Spice Up Your Sheet Life, with more interesting tips and tricks for working with Google Sheets

Launch two other digital products

Make a huge push with Apps Script, to deepen my knowledge & experience, and create detailed articles for this site. One quick way to measure this is to see what my GitHub profile looks like by the year-end, hopefully something more like this:

Continue to create in-depth articles and tutorials for this site, aiming for 1 – 2 posts a week

Continue to provide great service and solutions for my clients, in the G Suite & Apps Script ecosystem

It’s going to take hard work, focus and dedication to achieve all of these goals, but it’s as easy as ABC*

*Always Be Coding

By this, I mean being productive and efficient, always moving forwards and minimizing distractions (beware the Shiny Object Syndrome!). It’s crucial as a freelancer to create efficient workflows and systems, and to stay organized.

Well, that should do it. I better get back to work 😉

Happy New Year and all the best for 2023!


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