Ah, that space in between. You know what I mean: that time after your current bingeworthy series ends and the next one begins. You might already have your eyes on the next show – Allen Hillery has a great suggestion post-Loki – but what to do in the meantime?
IronViz has that space in between. We’re in it right now! Now that Qualifiers are over (check Will Sutton’s amazing IronViz gallery to see how submissions played out), what do we do with ourselves, #datafam?!
I got it: why not nominate a Tableau Ambassador?
No, seriously: if you haven’t, why not? Looking for a reason? I got five great reasons to nominate someone as a Tableau Ambassador. You are welcome to take one! Or all of them. Like I said, they’re great!
Reason #1: Tableau Ambassadors make talking about dataviz fun!
We’ve got some great personalities in the 2020 Tableau Ambassadors cohort. We laughed, we cried – OK, most of the crying comes from me, especially when I can’t get floating tiles in my dashboards to behave, – but all-in-all, Ambassadors have made talking about dataviz online fun and welcoming.
Reason #2: Tableau Ambassadors make for deeper, more inclusive, and empowering dataviz conversation
Amazing moments for me include:
- The September 2020 Data + Diversity Tableau talk facilitated by Renee MacLeod, where Tableau Public Ambassador and person who gets many things done before I even wake up Chantilly Jaggernauth (@chanjagg) had a fireside chat with Kimberly Bryant, CEO & Founder of Black Girls Code. I was so moved to see two giants in data speak so candidly about their experiences in enabling positive change for women and young people of colour within the datasphere. Also: Chantilly is the master of segues. Watch the video and you’ll see what I mean.
- The February 2021 Data + Diversity Tableau talk facilitated by Tableau Social Media Ambassador and person whose Disney Plus Queue is a public service, Allen Hillery (@AlDatavizguy), where Jason Forrest and Anthony Starks walked us through African American sociologist W. E. B. DuBois’ seminal graphic visualizations from the early 1900s. Nightingale article forthcoming on this one – check back later! Spoilers: I cry a lot in it.
Reason #3: Tableau Ambassadors make it easier to learn new things
Tableau Ambassadors support, they teach, and most of all, they share knowledge. Amazing moments in sharing include:
- #IronViz 2021 Office Hours, held and driven by a veritable cavalcade of Tableau superstars, as highlighted by Tableau Ambassador herself, Sarah Bartlett.
- Literally anything Tableau Social Media Ambassador and YouTube superstar Tim Ngwena says. Though I feel like Tim’s little red cursor highlighter keeps stealing the show. Get your own channel, red circle thing! Or at least tell me where I can buy another one of you for myself!
Reason #4: Tableau Ambassadors are friendly!
The Tableau Ambassadors have made talking openly about dataviz on the internet a positive experience. I will never forget the day Tableau Social Media Ambassador and all-around nice person, Thi Ho (@minttea102), followed me on Twitter to say thanks for declaring her (officially I might add) an IronViz winner.
Data gets a bum wrap for being cold and impersonal. Tableau Ambassadors are changing that narrative, making it something personal, something human. Something to be friendly over, even.
Reason #5: Tableau Ambassadors make the #datafam community stronger – which feeds even more goodness into Reasons 1 – 4!
And everybody knows a feedback loop is definitely good and not dangerous at all.
Seriously, though, I feel Tableau Ambassadors play a big part in keeping the #datafam together. I honestly feel like if it weren’t for the community that surrounds Tableau, this blog would have only one entry. Probably about my cat. And I definitely wouldn’t be thinking of increasing my dataviz skills or being part of a network of like-minded professionals – both of which I’m doing now.
And now think of all the other people who might be saying that to themselves right now. And maybe a few of them might say what I’m about to say: I promise to share what I learn along the way because that’s what I learned works best – and I learned that from so many Tableau Ambassadors. We’re only going to get smarter if we stick together!
How to Nominate a Tableau Ambassador Today!
So, what do you think, good enough reasons to nominate someone today? Good! Here’s the lowdown on how to do it:
- Nominations are till July 22, 2021.
- Here’s how to nominate and the form to do it in
- Here’s Tableau Ambassador Adam Mico’s excellent nomination form template, if you need space to ponder
- Here are the current ambassadors
Finally, shoutouts to Thi Ho and Allen Hillery – I’ve nominated you two, since you’ve both been pivotal in my sticking around. Thank you so much!