If it is true that, any thing that is worth doing is worth doing well (I’m sure you know that). Then it also very true that before you learn anything, it is good to know how to learn it.
Sometimes we learn sub-consciously, other times we learn deliberately. If you are reading this piece, then you are taking deliberate efforts to learn how to learn Power BI faster.
First off, what is Power BI?
The official Power BI website has these to say:
Power BI is a business analytics service that delivers insights to enable fast, informed decisions.
I have also written a simplified Introduction to Power BI that is easy for anyone looking to get started with this amazing product of Microsoft. Power BI has led the way in making Microsoft a clear leader in Gartner’s 2019 Magic Quadrant for BI and Analytics, ahead of Tableau. I don’t see them slowing down, Power BI, which is barely 4 years old has done so much and has much more coming.
So, if you plan to join the train or have already joined the train but wish to be really good at it in the shortest possible time period, (anything that is worth doing is worth doing well), then you will be glad to learn how to go about that here, and also find:
Before I go into the details of learning Power BI faster, let me answer some Frequently Asked Questions with my Frequent Answers.
Question 1: Is Power BI difficult to learn?
Answer: NO. Just learn principles, rules and concepts.
Question 2: Do I need to have a strong Mathematics/Statistics, Computer Science background?
Answer: No, you don’t. Having them may serve some advantages, Not having cannot be regarded as disadvantages.
Question 3: Is there a Power BI Certification?
Answer: Yes, there is. You can take the exams for certification once you have a strong foot on Power BI, not before. You don’t want to rush or prepare for it in a haste.
Question 4 : How long will it take me to learn?
Answer: Learning never stops. But if you mean to learn the core foundations, then it depends on you, the learning mode you employ and how many hours you put in. On the average, it should take you around 25 hours of tutoring and another 15 hours of self-practice to lay a solid foundation.
Question 5: How can I learn Power BI Fast?
Answer: Attend a live class!
Yes, there are numerous ways to learn anything. All with different degrees of results. But the fastest way you can learn Power BI is to start by attending a live class and I will let you answer the why for yourself.
An Introductory level to Essentials of Power BI can be taught in a live class for anything ranging between 2 to 5 days depending on your level of experience, the trainer and the course content. That is something between 16 to 40 hours.
How long will it take you to read a technical book of 250 pages with a reasonable level of assimilation?
How long will it take you to get the response to a question from an online course or a book you have been reading?
How likely are you to get distracted in a live class compared to you reading a book or watching a video?
The truth is, Power BI is all about concepts, rules and principles and the faster you are able to know them the better for you.
In a Power BI class, learning is reinforced. When other participants ask questions, you learn new stuff instantly or validate what you already know. If your trainer happens to create group activities, the merrier. You not only learn from others, you are also able to network better.
Attending a live class is your fastest way to learning Power BI. This is not to say everything starts from the live class. Before attending that class, make sure you have done the following to ensure maximum benefits.
A Power BI class is not an Excel class, it is not a normal class. You will be learning a lot of rules, principles, concepts and technical jargon. So, you need to pay proper attention in class. Everything becomes very easy once you pay attention. You will also want to do the following:
The class has laid a solid foundation for you. It is up to you to build yourself from there. Now is the time to enjoy the numerous free resources put together by the people I call the Power BI best, who are leaders in the industry. They have Blog posts, You Tube videos, articles, webinars and even free books to compliment what you have learnt in class and take your knowledge to advanced levels.
You will find the best value from these only after attending a live class.
Here is a list of the things you should also do after your class:
These are the leaders of Power BI. If you want to get serious about this Power BI, then you will follow all of them (They belong to the same network and are also following one another). Take your time, click on every link, bookmark all their websites, subscribe to all the You Tube channels, Follow all their social media accounts.
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Power BI Guru Website You Tube Blog Books Tristan Malherbe https://twitter.com/Datatouille https://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/PublicProfile/5002842?fullName=Tristan%20%20Malherbe Imke Feldmann https://twitter.com/TheBIccountant https://www.thebiccountant.com/ https://www.thebiccountant.com/ Fernando Augusto Garcia Martins https://twitter.com/PlanilheirosBra https://www.youtube.com/planilheirosbrasil Oz du Soleil https://twitter.com/OzExcel https://www.youtube.com/c/OzduSoleilDATA http://ozdusoleil.com https://www.amazon.com/Guerrilla-Analysis-Using-Microsoft-Excel/dp/1615470336 https://www.lynda.com/Oz-du-Soleil/1907287-1.html Gilbert Quevauvilliers https://twitter.com/gilbertque https://www.fourmoo.com https://www.fourmoo.com/blog Daniil Maslyuk https://twitter.com/DMaslyuk https://xxlbi.com/ https://xxlbi.com/ https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/store/exam-ref-70-778-analyzing-and-visualizing-data-by-using-9781509307029 Matt Allington https://twitter.com/ExceleratorBI https://exceleratorbi.com.au https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJIC_Bi1VNsf2QTLOlcTrzA https://exceleratorbi.com.au/blog https://exceleratorbi.com.au/shop/ https://www.mrexcel.com/store/ https://www.amazon.com/Supercharge-Power-BI-Better-Learn/dp/1615470522 https://www.amazon.com/Supercharge-Excel-learn-Write-Power/dp/1615470530 Miguel Escobar https://twitter.com/escobarmiguel90 https://www.poweredsolutions.co https://youtube.com/thepoweruser https://www.poweredsolutions.co/blog https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017QL64A0/ John Otto Knoke https://twitter.com/chapin4u http://oknoke.com Mike Girvin https://twitter.com/excelisfun https://www.youtube.com/user/excelisfun Chris Webb https://twitter.com/cwebb_bi https://www.crossjoin.co.uk/ https://blog.crossjoin.co.uk/ Dustin Ryan https://twitter.com/SQLDusty https://sqldusty.com/ https://www.youtube.com/dustinryan https://sqldusty.com/ http://www.amazon.com/Applied-Microsoft-Business-Intelligence-Patrick/dp/1118961773/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8 http://www.amazon.com/Professional-Microsoft-Server-Analysis-Services/dp/1118101103/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 http://www.amazon.com/Knights-24-Hour-Trainer-Microsoft-Integration/dp/0470496924/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 Ken Puls https://excelguru.ca/ https://twitter.com/kpuls Marco Russo https://www.sqlbi.com/ https://twitter.com/marcorus Ruth Pozuelo https://curbal.com/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ7UhloHSA4wAqPzyi6TOkw https://twitter.com/ruthpozuelo Will Thompson https://twitter.com/Will_MI77 Avi Singh https://twitter.com/powerbipro http://www.learnpowerbi.com https://www.youtube.com/PowerBIPro https://www.amazon.com/Power-Pivot-BI-Excel-2010-2016/dp/1615470395 Reza Rad https://twitter.com/Rad_Reza http://radacad.com/ Gil Raviv https://twitter.com/gilra Jen Stirrup https://twitter.com/jenstirrup Marc Reguerra https://twitter.com/marcreguera Guy In A Cube https://twitter.com/GuyInACube Wyn Hopkins https://twitter.com/wynhopkins https://accessanalytic.com.au https://accessanalytic.com.au/blog/ Leila Etaati https://twitter.com/leila_etaati http://radacad.com/ Alberto Ferrari https://twitter.com/FerrariAlberto https://www.sqlbi.com/ http://www.learnpowerbi.com Rob Collie https://twitter.com/robcolli3 https://powerpivotpro.com/
What is worth doing is worth doing well! You stand a better chance to learn faster when you attend a live class. However, you should take certain measures before going to class. Such as visiting the official Power BI website.
You should also ensure to be very attentive in class so you can easily commit the concepts, rules and principles to memory.
After the class, create time to practice, follow thought leaders, who I refer to as the gurus, some of who are already in my list above. Create the time to follow them all, at least on one channel. It is one of your best investments and it’s 100% free.
I wish you well in your Power BI journey. Have you followed all the Gurus?