Online Tableau Training: Telling stories with data

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Date: Three Thursdays in a row: Sept. 14, 21 and 28, 2017
Time: 9am - 1pm Pacific time each day (12pm-4pm Eastern) with occasional breaks
Where: Online, using the join.me app
Price: $569 Canadian + GST (about $460 USD)

This live, hands-on online workshop with award-winning data journalist Chad Skelton will teach you the fundamentals of Tableau, the world's leading data visualization software, as well as the principles of data storytelling.

You'll learn the technical skills you need to use Tableau effectively to analyze and visualize your data. And you'll also learn the art of telling stories with data — from how to choose the right chart type to designing engaging Dashboards — from someone with years of experience building popular interactive maps and charts.

The workshop is open to anyone with an interest in data. Past participants have come from fields as diverse as business, government, journalism and unions.

Attendance is capped at 12 participants.

NOTE: You must have Tableau Public already installed on your computer before the session begins (more details below).

If you're not able to attend this workshop but would like to be alerted when the next one is scheduled, just add your name here.

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In this intensive, live hands-on workshop you'll learn the fundamentals of how to use Tableau to analyze and visualize your data, including:

  • How to ask questions of your data
  • Data visualization best practices
  • How to make static charts in Tableau
  • How to make interactive Dashboards in Tableau
  • How saving and publishing works in Tableau
  • How to make interactive point maps and shape maps in Tableau
  • How to construct various chart types including Stacked Bar Charts, Scatterplots and Highlight Tables
  • How to add Reference Lines and Annotations to your charts
  • How to create a "Data Story" in Tableau using a series of charts in sequence

At each stage of the training, you'll learn both the technical skills required to complete the task in Tableau as well as how to decide which tool to use for the job and how to make your charts as engaging as possible.

Detailed PDF handouts, with screengrabs, will be provided for every topic covered, so you'll have something to refer back to after the workshop is over. There are more than 200 pages of handouts in total, essentially providing you with a Tableau training manual that is yours to keep.

Participants will also receive a PDF Certificate of Completion at the conclusion of the workshop.

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Here is what some of the participants in Chad's past Tableau training workshops had to say about the experience:

“If you've ever considered using Tableau but don't know where to begin, this workshop is excellent. Chad goes over the basic skills you need to visualize your data effectively.”
Sarah Johnstone, GIS Analyst / Research Assistant, Spatial Vision Consulting

“Chad’s workshop was a great blend of data visualization fundamentals and learning how to use Tableau. I'm now confident in being able to quickly and easily load datasets, do comparisons and tell stories through data visualization.”
Ian Staunton, Project Manager, KORE Software

"Chad is great at hitting all the high points of Tableau without getting mired in technical details. After taking this course, I'm able to make better, cleaner, and easier-to-use visualizations for our clients and the public.”
Kevin Whitlock, Project Manager, Landcor Data Corporation

“I recommend anyone who works with data to take Chad Skelton’s workshop. I'm now armed with new tools and a new perspective.”
Grace Hon, FleishmanHillard

“This workshop is very good at giving you hands-on experience and practical examples of using visualization tools and making engaging graphics. Because of the workshop I am now comfortable using Tableau for visual analysis of data.”
Lucas Parker, Project Analyst - Evaluation, Doctors of BC

Chad Skelton

Chad Skelton, an award-winning data journalist, is a consultant and trainer based in Vancouver.

Chad worked as a data journalist at The Vancouver Sun until 2015. In 2014, Chad won an international Data Journalism Award for his portfolio of work in the previous year. He has also received the Jack Webster Award, British Columbia's top journalism prize, six times.

Chad has years of experience creating engaging, beautiful dashboards using Tableau. His Tableau Public visualizations have been viewed more than 1.5 million times. Examples of Chad's Tableau work can be seen here.

Chad has taught at Kwantlen Polytechnic University since 2005, where he teaches the popular Citizen Journalism and Data Visualization courses. He receives consistently high marks from his students.

Chad also teaches an online course in Data Storytelling and Visualization at the University of Florida as part of its Master's program in Audience Analytics.

Chad has given several talks on data and storytelling, including at the 2015 Tapestry Conference sponsored by Tableau Software and at Simon Fraser University's Dream Colloquium on Engaging Big Data.


This workshop is designed for beginner to intermediate users of Tableau and starts with the basics (how to connect to data in Tableau and make basic charts). If you've got some prior experience with Tableau, that's great. But if you've never used Tableau before, that's fine, too.


  • A reasonably fast Internet connection (2Mbs+). Most broadband cable/DSL connections should be fine.
  • Tableau Public installed on your computer. I recommend installing Tableau Public before registering to make sure it works on your machine, especially if you have a Mac (Tableau doesn't work with some early versions of OS X). You can find detailed installation instructions here.
  • The free join.me app installed on your computer (for those unable to install the app, you can join through the Chrome web browser but you won't be able to share your screen).


  • Cancellations by You: If you cancel a month or more before the workshop begins, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel 2-4 weeks before the workshop begins, you will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be provided for cancellations made less than two weeks before the start of the workshop, however you may transfer your ticket to someone else as long as you notify Chad by email.
  • Cancellations by Me: If this workshop is cancelled due to insufficient demand, or any other reason, participants will be entitled to a full refund. The organizer is not responsible for other costs incurred by participants, such as travel costs.
  • This workshop is being run personally by Chad Skelton and is not affiliated in any way with Kwantlen Polytechnic University or Tableau Software.
  • This workshop will use Tableau Public, the free version of Tableau's data visualization software, which is designed for making interactive charts for the web. Tableau Desktop, the paid version, allows you to share charts privately within your organization. The two programs are nearly identical, so the chart-making skills you learn on Tableau Public will be applicable to both programs. If you already have a paid Tableau Desktop license, you can use it for this training instead of Tableau Public. However, I do not recommend using the 14-day trial of Tableau Desktop for this training as it may expire before the training is over.

Questions? Please email me at cskeltondata@gmail.com.

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