Wednesday I received the feedback from my session/presentation at the 4th Tableau Customer Conference. I had a blast presenting my case studies (The Holy Grail of Strategic Decision Making) and the interaction from the audience made it a wonderful experience. I presented three case studies:
- Collaborating for Value – An era of winning (this was an interactive analysis of retail prices by store by price point)
- Customer Segmentation – Planning for growth and identifying opportunities
- Penetration & Voids – Growing the business by finding the gaps
As has been my experience with presenting this same material both internally to our customer teams and externally to our buyers, the audience was able to gleam insights by “seeing” the data. It’s a pretty cool experience when the data and the tool tell the story without you having to say a word. Tableau makes it oh so easy.
What surprised me most about many of the customer presentations I attended was the lack of using Tableau live to show off their work. Maybe my material lends itself more to that type of interactivity, but I would highly encourage anyone presenting findings from Tableau to use the tool live; you’ll get immediate feedback and you’ll be able to answer questions on the fly.
So how’d I do? First up is a chart from Tableau that ranks all of the presentations, not only the customer presentations. I’m the circle that the red line points to. According to Tableau, this placed me in the top 3 of the customer presentations.
But how about the feedback on my presentation? The response was overwhelmingly positive. I always get anxious waiting for the feedback!
I asked someone that was drinking a Pepsi to leave, jokingly of course, but I wonder if he gave me the “poor” ranking. I tend to be a bit too directly and sarcastic and sometimes it’s taken the wrong way. Or maybe it was someone that didn’t win the t-shirt I gave away.
Anyway, thanks to all of you that attended my session. It was an awesome dialogue with the 75+ of you. Hopefully we’ll catch up again in Europe.