Read, practice, ask questions, and have patience. This is my top advice after almost 70 days of training at The Information Lab Data School to anyone who wants to start or improve using Tableau, or even become an advanced user. In the Data School, we are all very fortunate to learn Tableau from some of the best users in the world, but even if you want to learn it on your own, these are the key points that I will recommend:
Read: There’s a big, really helpful community of Tableau users with lots of blogs, posts, and books (Ben Jones’s Communicating Data With Tableau, Daniel G. Murray’s Tableau Your Data! or Joshua N. Milligan’s Learning Tableau, for example) that will make it much easier to learn and understand how Tableau works, and help you to leverage your skills faster than you expected.
Practice: There’s no better way to really internalize those things you’re reading about. One of the main advantages of Tableau is that there are so many different ways to create anything. And practice will help you to find your own way of doing things.
Ask: This has a close relationship with reading. The Tableau Community is really helpful, and there are more people than you can imagine disposed to help others. If you are not sure about how to do something, just ask the community.
Have patience: This is not because Tableau is a difficult software; on the contrary, it has one of the most incredibly short learning curves that I have seen in my life. But as with anything new, it requires time and a bit of effort. You wouldn’t become a Zen Master in six months, but just like Ratatouille character Gusteau’s book, Anyone Can Cook, I can assure you that Tableau could use the motto “Anyone can analyze.”
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