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October 14, 2015

Recommended Sessions for the Tableau Conference

As I sit in the Virgin lounge at Heathrow airport, I thought I’d quickly share my recommended sessions for the Tableau Conference. If this is your first Tableau Conference, you’re in for quite a treat. It’ll be an amazing experience and it will feel overwhelming. With a little planning you’ll be fine.

My best advice:
  • Choose at least 2 sessions per time slot (in case you don’t get in your first choice)
  • If a session sucks, get up, walk out and go to another session. Don’t worry about hurting the speaker’s feelings. They’re the reason you’re leaving in the first place. After all, you paid to be there, so you need to get the most out of it.
  • All sessions that are led by Tableau employees are recorded, so if there’s a conflict, that could help you decide which one to skip.
  • Absolutely DO NOT MISS the IronViz! It’s far and away my favorite session.
  • Get to sessions early so you can get a seat, then go out and get a drink and use the facilities.
  • Drink lots of water. These will be long, exhausting days (and nights) and the last thing you need is to be dehydrated in the desert.
  • Meet as many people as you can. Find the people you follow on Twitter and say hi to them. I love it when I meet new people.

Here are the sessions I plan to attend. Note, the #RunData15 events are early on Tues/Thurs and we’ll leave from the MGM lobby promptly at 5:15am.