Tableau LiveLessons

Video description

4+ Hours of Video Instruction

Put learning into practice with Tableau LiveLessons for the aspiring visual data storyteller.

There is a data revolution happening across the globe. From academics to politics and everywhere in between, the world’s stories are being told through their data points. Although telling stories about data isn’t new, we are now telling them in ways that are more meaningful and impactful than ever before as an emerging new class of visualizations attempts to tell the world’s stories through the power of data visualization. However, visual data storytelling is not an inherent skill, and data stories differ from traditional storytelling in many ways. Further, while robust visualization tools support rich and diverse forms of visual data storytelling capabilities, crafting a compelling data narrative is not a process that we can rely on a tool to do for us.

These lessons provide a hands-on foundation for users to learn how to craft visual data narratives using the most appropriate visualizations, apply visual design to engage their audience, and purposefully structure a narrative framework to deliver a compelling, actionable data story that invites discovery, solicits new questions, or offers alternative explanations–all using one of the most powerful and ubiquitous visualization tools on the market today, Tableau.

Skill Level


Learn How To-

Tell visual stories that communicate insights and make an impact

Leverage questions to design logical and fruitful data collection and analysis

Create important graphs in Tableau and know which chart to use

Utilize concepts of design in data visualization and storytelling

Storyboard your story for your message based on your audience

Direct your audience's attention to the most important parts of your data story

Design effective business presentations to showcase your data story with Tableau

Who Should Take This Course

Analysts sharing the results of their data discovery or analysis

Students communicating data for reports or presentations

Teachers helping learners (of any age) to cultivate visual data literacy

Executives and business managers reporting data-driven results or metrics

Journalists giving data the starring role in their editorials

Course Requirements

A willingness to learn how to tell stories through data

Access to Tableau Desktop (Windows or Mac), version 10 or higher

Related Files

The supplemental content for this LiveLesson can be downloaded from Githuub at:

Table of contents

  1. Introduction
    1. Tableau LiveLessons: Introduction 00:05:40
  2. Lesson 1: Storytelling in a Digital Era
    1. Topics 00:00:53
    2. 1.1 Be Part of the Visual Revolution 00:04:02
    3. 1.2 Know the Difference 00:02:24
    4. 1.3 Plan the Process 00:03:00
    5. 1.4 Bridge the Gap 00:03:59
  3. Lesson 2: The Power of Visual Data Stories
    1. Topics 00:00:34
    2. 2.1 Learn the Science of Storytelling 00:06:20
    3. 2.2 The Power of Visual Data Stories 00:11:28
  4. Lesson 3: Getting Started with Tableaue
    1. Topics 00:00:43
    2. 3.1 Understanding and Using Tableau 00:03:44
    3. 3.2 Connecting to Data 00:04:19
    4. 3.3 Basic Data Prep 00:02:06
    5. 3.4 Navigating the Tableau Interface 00:05:03
    6. 3.5 Understanding Dimensions and Measures 00:02:16
  5. Lesson 4: Importance of Context in Storytelling
    1. Topics 00:00:52
    2. 4.1 Seeing Context in Action 00:04:53
    3. 4.2 Understanding Exploratory versus Explanatory Analysis 00:02:51
    4. 4.3 Structuring Stories 00:02:43
    5. 4.4 Analyzing Your Audience for Storytelling 00:08:42
  6. Lesson 5: Choosing the Right Visual
    1. Topics 00:00:50
    2. 5.1 Building Basic Charts and Graphs 00:12:31
    3. 5.2 Using Geographic Data to Build Maps 00:07:08
  7. Lesson 6: Curating Visuals for Your Audience
    1. Topics 00:00:34
    2. 6.1 Our Visual Horsepower 00:03:04
    3. 6.2 Learning the Visual Design Building Blocks 00:11:58
  8. Lesson 7: Preparing Data for Storytelling
    1. Topics 00:00:42
    2. 7.1 Prepping Data with Data Interpreter 00:02:56
    3. 7.2 Handling Nulls in Tableau 00:00:48
    4. 7.3 Reshaping Survey Data with Tableau 101 00:11:21
  9. Lesson 8: Storyboarding Frame by Frame
    1. Topics 00:00:38
    2. 8.1 Understanding Stories in Tableau 00:07:37
    3. 8.2 Storyboarding Your Data Story 00:03:18
  10. Lesson 9: Advanced Storytelling Charts
    1. Topics 00:00:40
    2. 9.1 Creating Advanced Charts, Part 1 00:09:59
    3. 9.2 Creating Advanced Charts, Part 2 00:18:21
  11. Summary
    1. Summary 00:00:44

Product information

  • Title: Tableau LiveLessons
  • Author(s): Lindy Ryan
  • Release date: February 2019
  • Publisher(s): Addison-Wesley Professional
  • ISBN: 0135225795