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Designing Impactful Reports with Power BI

  • On Demand
  • Coached
Author: Reid Havens
Power BI Desktop has a host of features available to build impactful reports. This demo-driven course will show you how to really make your reports shine by adding elements such as: drillthrough, bookmarks, report page tooltips, conditional formatting, custom visuals, and more.

Designing Impactful Reports with Power BI

$199 Renews at $29 per year
(All prices in USD)
This Course contains:
3h 30m of training content
11 Content Modules
Downloadable files and Handouts
Support and Discussion groups
Certificate of completion
3h 30m
Power BI
Data Visualization

What you'll learn?

A brief introduction to Power BI Reporting and Power BI Desktop
The best ways to create new reports and report pages
Best ways to apply filters and slicers for a positive user experience
Adding and configuring report elements such as cards, charts, maps, and more
The importance of using themes and formats, and how to create them
Reviewing the end-user experience and the importance of configuring settings for published reports
Applying conditional formatting to different types of visualizations
Using drillthrough between report pages, visual cross-filtering, and syncing slicers between report pages
Adding native tooltips, report tooltips, and visual header tooltips
How to use (and add value using) bookmarks and buttons
Exploring the custom visual marketplace, and the pros and cons of using custom visuals

Course Overview

Course Description

This training is developed and delivered by Microsoft MVP Reid Havens, where he demonstrates many essential design principles (and how to apply them) to build impactful reports in Power BI Desktop. Students will learn about how to enhance report design by adding elements such as: drillthrough, bookmarks, report page tooltips, conditional formatting, custom visuals, and more.

There is coverage on best practices and recommendations that build upon the functions and features available in Power BI Desktop. The theory covered in the course will provide you with a strong design foundation upon which you can create your reports.

This course benefits both those new to Power BI and report design and those already familiar with Power BI. If you have a basic working knowledge of Power BI, this training will help fill in any gaps in your knowledge so you have a more complete set of skills.

Regardless of your experience in building visually attractive reports, this course will show you what a stunning Power BI report looks like. Reid will share the many things he does to make his reports stand out from the crowd.

When you apply what you learn to your own reports, you and your users are going to love the results.

Completed Report & Features Showcase

Curious what kinds of things you are going to learn in this course? Embedded below is a fully interactive sample of the completed report you’ll be building. 

As you watch the lessons, you’ll learn about different ways to visualize data, and how to combine and configure these elements into a clean and attractive report. You’ll also learn how to make your reports more engaging and useful, by creating interactive features that allow the end user to filter or drill down into the data to focus on certain aspects. 

Try it out for yourself by playing around with the various features!

Who this course is for?

  • Anyone who is new to Power BI and report design.
  • Anyone who has taken our Power BI for the Business Analyst course (or already has experience using Power BI) and wants to take their report building skills to the next level. Note:  Power BI for the Business Analyst is not a pre-requisite.
  • Anyone who wants to create more impactful Power BI reports.

Course Update Log

First release of the course.

Course Formats

On Demand
This is a on-demand course, delivered via pre-recorded video modules that you can consume at your own pace. It includes all required sample files, practice sets, and Q&A tests to validate your knowledge.
This course includes live online coaching with our trainer, where you can ask your questions directly during monthly Q&A calls.

Course Content

Welcome to the Course!
2 Lessons
Getting Started
Q&A Call Schedule
Introduction to Power BI
4 Lessons
About the Trainer
Introduction to Power BI Reporting
Introduction to Power BI Desktop
Data and Fields Pane
Developing Reports
1 Lesson
Report Lifecycle & Creating New Reports
Report Filters
2 Lessons
Filters Pane and Slicers
Filters and Slicers Demo
Report Elements
7 Lessons
Adding Report Elements
Single Value Cards Demo
Charts and Top N Filters Demo
Combo and Line Charts Demo
Editing Visual Interactions Demo
Heat and Geography Map Demo
Analytics Pane Demo
Theme and Formatting
4 Lessons
Configure Theme and Formatting
Title Section Demo
Page 1 Formatting Demo
Page 2 Formatting Demo
User Experience
3 Lessons
User Experience – Introduction
Reviewing User Interactions
Recommended Practices
Conditional Formatting
2 Lessons
Conditional Formatting – Introduction
Conditional Formatting – Demo
Drillthrough & Slicer Configurations
2 Lessons
Drillthrough & Slicer Configurations – Introduction
Drillthrough & Slicer Configurations – Demo
Advanced Tooltips
3 Lessons
Advanced Tooltips – Introduction
Report Tooltips Demo
Visual Header Tooltips Demo
3 Lessons
Bookmarks – Introduction
Bookmarks – Button States Demo
Bookmarks – Demo
Custom Visuals
2 Lessons
Custom Visuals – Introduction
Custom Visuals – Demo
Rate the Course
1 Lesson
Course Feedback

How subscription works?

This course is built on an annual subscription format. Your registration comes with 12 months of access to the course materials, so you can refer back to the videos and example files whenever you like. Your subscription also gives you access to our private Discussion Forum, where you can ask questions related to the course materials, as well as how to apply those teachings to your own work. This forum is an invaluable resource that also allows students to practice their own learnings by helping others with those questions.

On your annual renewal date, your subscription will be automatically renewed with the credit card information on file, unless you cancel your subscription beforehand. You will be emailed a renewal reminder about one month before the renewal date. Please see the FAQs below for information about subscription renewals and cancellations.

About the author

Reid Havens

Microsoft MVP
Reid Havens is the founder of Havens Consulting Inc. and is a Microsoft MVP. He has an extensive background in technology and organizational management, and a Master's Degree in Organizational Development and Business Analytics. Reid has experience as a consultant, content developer, and teacher in Business Intelligence, reporting, and data visualization.


How do I access the course materials? Are they downloadable?
The videos are streamed on-demand and may be watched as often as you like. However, they are not downloadable. The example files and handouts for each lesson are downloadable.
Where are the course videos hosted?
All the videos for the course are hosted on Vimeo. Please note that some networks block access to Vimeo, in which case the videos will not be watchable. You may want to double-check that your network allows access to Vimeo before registering in the Academy, to ensure that you will be able to see the videos.
How do I access the live Q&A calls?
We will email you a couple of days before each month's call with a Teams Meeting link that you can use the day of the call to join. The email will also provide details on how to pre-submit your questions so the trainer may answer them during the call.
Aside from the Q&A calls, what other support is included with the course? How do I ask questions?
All users with a current course subscription receive access to our private Discussion Forum, where they can ask questions related to the course materials, as well as how to apply those teachings to their own work. This forum is also intended to act as a place for students to practice their own learnings by helping others with those questions. While the focus of this forum is primarily aimed at allowing students to learn by helping each other, they are monitored by our course authors as well. For technical issues related to the site, course access, or other questions regarding your account, please get in touch through our Contact Us page.
How do I renew my subscription?
If you subscription is set to auto-renew, our system will automatically renew your subscription for another year on your renewal date using the billing information on file. If you subscription is set to manual renewal, our system will generate a manual invoice and email it to you on the renewal date. About a month (4 weeks) before your next renewal date, you will receive an email from us reminding you that the renewal is coming up and to confirm your billing details so your access is uninterrupted.
How do I cancel my subscription?
You may cancel your subscription at any time, and you will continue to have access to all of your course materials until your expiry date. To cancel your subscription, go to the Billing page from your Account Dashboard and select the subscription to cancel from the My Subscriptions area. Once in the Subscription Details page, you can then choose to cancel your subscription from the Actions field. After your subscription expires, you will not longer have access to the course materials.
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What is your refund policy for this course?
We think you will love our training; however, if you are unsatisfied with the training for any reason, we offer a 14-day 100% money-back guarantee, as long as you have completed less than 25% of the course. All we ask in return is that you tell us why you were unsatisfied with the training. We do not offer refunds if you have completed over 25% of the course and/or it is more than 14 days after the purchase date.
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Designing Impactful Reports with Power BI

(15 Reviews)

15 reviews for Designing Impactful Reports with Power BI

  1. Normand (verified owner)

    Not of the same quality as other trainings by your group; I have seen and read several of Reid Havens’ creations and was excited to start I have completed 54% to date and quite frankly I am having difficulty motivating myself to continue. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to speak.

  2. Klas Nørskov (verified owner)

    Reid is good at teaching and explaining how to do things. And then he is good at making neat and good reports. So I learned a lot from this course and was reminded of things that I had forgotten to take into account. So in the future, my reports are even better for the benefit of my users, so really it is they who thank me for taking this course.

  3. Patrick McMonagle (verified owner)

    This is a fantastic resource for creating visually appealing and impactful reports, crucial our end users and their engagement. Power BI feels a bit rigid in its visual capabilities, so every best practice, tip, trick, hack is so welcome….and from a master of data viz. Looking forward to any course updates as hopefully Microsoft push more functionality to the product!

  4. Judith (verified owner)

    Awesome training. I truly learned a lot. Just one small thing–the pace was really very fast for someone who knows little about the visualization options and tools that are available. I will likely have to review again and again to really capture what I need since I have a one year subscription to this course.

  5. Martin (verified owner)

    Designing Impactful Reports course has helped me a lot with additional elements for my visuals. I can recommend the course as a good extension to the existing Skillwave courses for Power BI basic skills.

  6. Caroline (verified owner)

    Sometimes the pace of the videos is a little quick, but overall a lot of very useful information and ideas. I really like the best practice guidance because sometimes, once the data model is built, it’s difficult to see the forest through the trees and consider the perspective of the users and what they will want to see. This course provides a lot of structure in terms of the approach that should be taken.

  7. David (verified owner)

    Really enjoyable course from Reid. Great structure, fast paced and covers a fantastic amount of content. More content is available through links provided. You can’t not like this course or learn lots from it.

  8. Gary (verified owner)

    I felt that the course had a slow start, but once the demonstrations started showing the techniques involved in building a Power BI dashboard, I began to see the value in purchasing the course. It’s not as interactive as some of the other Skillwave Training courses, which is why I have rated it 4 stars instead of 5, however I think many users will gain some useful tips from this course.

  9. Randall (verified owner)

    Reid’s rich course content is jam-packed with excellent Power BI report building design and development concepts as well as robust instructor-led demos to take anyone from beginner to advanced report building/visualization capabilities. I will likely be keeping this, along with several other courses purchased through Skillwave Training, in my arsenal for the foreseeable future.

  10. Carlos (verified owner)

    This course has guided me step-by-step in a very clear way to, not just build Power BI reports, but really impactful ones (the catchy name of the course is truthful). For me, the best was that it showed me the tricks to improve the user experience and highlight the key messages. I feel that with this new knowledge, I can truly make an impact on the business.

  11. Robert Wolf (verified owner)

    Great Course. I implemented a number of Reid’s suggestions and Techniques immediately in my reports. The Grouping cards technique is great!! I used it for a new report I created and it adds a clean and professional look to the report. I also used the Button Bookmark technique. Came in very handy for a report I created for my company.

    With Reid’s help I realized you don’t have to be a graphic designer to create very well designed reports. Thank You Reid!

  12. Lannie (verified owner)

    I appreciate Reid for the step by step guidance in designing visually appealing reports. I like the recommendation of best practices and advise on enhancing users’ experience. I hope Reid will continue to add updated contents. I highly recommend this course!

  13. Steffen (verified owner)

    The course talks more about theory rather than demonstrating with practical examples. I really wish it had more practical examples like the other courses on Skillwave.

  14. Lisa (verified owner)

    I liked that the format of the videos was consistent and I liked the explanation and then the demo.

  15. Kevin Taylor (verified owner)

    I liked that the examples and demos were clear and easy to follow. The presenter did a good job but I feel could have gone deeper into some of the topics.

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