Do you want your analysts to reach their full potential?

Sophic’s unique data analyst training courses can give your analysts the essential soft skills that they need to improve their impact, reputation and productivity.  Ready to find out more about our data analyst courses?

FREE  WEBINAR
with Steve Hulmes, Founder, Sophic

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Previous participants in Sophic's offline and online data analysis courses

What Clients Say

 

"I've used Steve repeatedly over a number of years to upskill my analytical teams. I would recommend Sophic's workshops to any business who needed to develop their analytical capability and impact."

Martin Squires

Director of Advanced Analytics

Pets At Home

(DataIQ 100 Most Influential People in Data)

 

"Having attended one of Steve's workshops in the mid 2000s I've subsequently used Sophic to upskill my own teams and will continue to recommended them to other teams looking for practical ways to improve their impact and reputation within the organisation."

Victoria Hardcastle

Data Strategy & Innovation Manager

Studio Retail

 

Steve Hulmes, owner, Sophic

Why use Sophic?

Sophic was founded by Steve Hulmes, an experienced analytical manager and coach who has developed and refined our offline and online data analysis courses since 2006. Over the last 15 years, Steve has trained and coached over 1,600 analysts from the UK's largest organisations. His online workshops are rated highly, with 97% of participants recommending the workshops to others. (Based on feedback from July 2020- July 2021).

"The best analysts I have worked with have a blend of technical and soft skills, enabling them to interact effectively with the rest of the business, improving their influence, and bringing greater value to the organisation." - Steve Hulmes
 

Why is stakeholder engagement important?

If you sit down with any analytical team and thrash out their frustrations and challenges, you will find that they are centred around stakeholder interactions.  Here are just some common problems they tend to mention:


•    "We don't feel 'in the loop’"
•    "Stakeholders are vague or ambiguous with their requests"
•    "We don't have time to 'add value'"
•    "We don't feel listened to"
•    "We don't see the fruits of our labours"
•    "Requests are often made last minute"
•    "Stakeholders don't know what they want"


If any of these ring true for your team, we can help. Many data analysis training providers focus on developing your technical skills however, our training focuses on the essential skills
data analysts need to be more effective. In addition to data analyst’s technical skills, these complementary softs skills will help analysts overcome the common frustrations and challenges they will experience, especially in the area of stakeholder engagement.  The workshops offer analysts the following:- 

  • Practical tips and techniques to build trust and engage with stakeholders 

  • Practices that will reduce re-work and increase job satisfaction.

  • Strategies to overcome the common frustrations and challenges many analytics teams face.


 

The importance of soft skills for Data Analysts

Everyone knows that data analysts need to have excellent technical skills but in order to be effective they also need some essential, non-technical skills. Some of the essential skills that data analysts need include effective communication, business sense, and skills in data visualisation and critical thinking. At Sophic we specialise in delivering soft skills training for data analysts and providing them with the help they need to deliver a real impact.


We have created a range of online training courses and workshops for data analysts looking to progress in their careers.  Focussing on building trust and credibility with stakeholders and colleagues, the workshops cover the entire analytical process, from initial briefing through to  the final delivery of reports and analyses. Our portfolio of workshops will provide the foundations that all  data analysts need to be effective in their role.

Working Consultatively
Managing Workloads and Stakeholder Expectations
Impactful Reporting
Data Visualisation