Hey everyone!

Yesterday, PK sent us an email asking for volunteers to give a presentation at Vizlt ANZ 2023 which will be held in October. As one of the speakers at the Sydney Tableau User Group last time, I want to share some of my experience that might be helpful if you’re considering giving it a go at Vizlt.

Because I’ve never given presentation to a big audience, I teamed up with my friend, Seema, who is from the same cohort DSAU18 as me and I think that was a great decision as it not only made me feel less nervous but also provided such a different style rather than a classic monotone presentation. We made our presentation very interactive and conversational, and if you don’t know, Data School has always been known for being different (and unique) 🙂

Now, you’re probably thinking what topic you should talk about. PK has some suggestions in the email but it is all up to your choice. Choose something that you find interesting to talk about, it can be some Tableau tricks, your experience with some of the features, or even some features that you want Tableau to add into their future releases. In my case, I was given an honour to experience with a beta version of the upcoming release, so my plan was to show some of the cool features in Tableau Desktop.

While exploring the version, I found multiple things that I would like Tableau to improve in their future release, for example, they added in the line patterns without adding the legend for them, or their enhancement of the image roles still has some bugs such as images are not showing, gif image is static, etc. So I decided to mention these points in the presentation, in a polite way. So don’t be afraid of saying something negative, It’s not what you say it, it’s how you say it! After the presentation, one of the organisers told me that I was giving Tableau developers a run for their money, and I take this as a compliment 😀

Last but not least, practice practice practice. Seema and I had so many rehearsals, between the two of us and also with other people to get feedbacks from them. I highly recommend you to ask PK to help you with this part because he’s such an expert with valuable feedbacks. Taking time to rehearse allows you to familiarise yourself with the content, structure and the flow of your presentation. Also, it helps you work on your timing (usually about 20-minute limit) and make necessary adjustments.

I hope you find my blog helpful. If you need further help or advice, don’t hesitate to contact with me. This will be a great experience for you and also an opportunity to brand yourself so go for it!

Sammy Do
Author: Sammy Do

Data Analytics Consultant who loves visualising data and driving meaningful insights