7 Ways To Enhance Your Tableau Public Portfolio

1. Viz what you love

2. Participate in Community Initiatives

  • #MakeoverMonday is the premium design project for ease of use, activity, and frequency. There are years of cleaned and simple datasets published weekly. In addition, there are hundreds of participants each week and old data sets are organized well if you want to work on specific types of data. The data can come from anywhere. You have a base visualization that can use a makeover due to its design. Zen Master HOF Andy Kriebel (Twitter | Site) shares his viz process weekly and viz reviews are also shared.
  • Workout Wednesday provides a weekly viz puzzle to solve. Participating in this will not help your viz thought process while re-engineering a viz, but help you learn skills; it’s especially useful when new Tableau releases launch to help wrap your head around the feature(s). I would consider the complexity from intermediate to very challenging.
  • There are many monthly initiatives and here’s a summary of those (unranked)…
  • Topics: Various
  • Complexity: Open
  • Topic: Sports
  • Complexity: Intermediate to Advanced
  • Topics: Equity, Awareness, Diversity
  • Complexity: Beginner to Advanced
  • Topic: Health/health care
  • Complexity: Intermediate to Advanced
  • Topic: Sustainable Development Goals
  • Complexity: Intermediate to Advanced
  • Topic: Education
  • Complexity: Open
  • Topic: Business
  • Complexity: Intermediate to Advanced
  • Topic: Non-profit
  • Complexity: Beginner to Advanced
  • Topic: Various
  • Complexity: Open

3. Share on Twitter or LinkedIn

4. Accept and Learn from Feedback

6. Collaborate

7. Share Your Knowledge

A couple of parting tips

  • Consistency will expedite your growth and following. When beginning, commit to publishing a viz regularly. A reasonable goal is weekly. Once you get comfortable, find your viz voice, and want to pursue more challenging visualization (like the monthly challenges)… slowing down is fine, but try to share something monthly so your fans will keep engaged. Obviously, life events happen — this tip excludes that factor.
  • Don’t make your main purpose to be a Tableau Public Featured Author, a Viz of the Day recipient, a Tableau Ambassador, or Zen Master or recruited to get a job as a data viz consultant/designer. These are great goals to have in the background but are harmful to make that a primary motivation and will impact your desire to participate whether these things happen or don’t. Instead, think of how you can best contribute to the community. Doing that will only elevate you, your work, and make those rewards so much more impactful when they happen. When I began with the community, I had a background goal of being an ambassador but didn’t think or expect it to happen in years. I never thought it would happen in a little over a year (along with so many incredible honors that came my way). My primary motivation was to learn to improve as a designer and give back because I loved Tableau and wanted to be part of something more than me. Even though I had a couple of disappointments, overall, everything I got from Tableau since then felt like otherworldly and unexpected wins — it has changed my life both personally and professionally. You need to let yourself go a little bit to allow for the glory of recognition.

Adam Mico

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Adam Mico

Adam Mico

Principal, Data Visualization and CoE at Moderna | Data Leadership Collaborative Advisory Board Member | Tableau Visionary + Ambassador | Views are my own