Dreamforce Preparation

Just over a month from now, the 2017 edition of Dreamforce kicks off. This will be my sixth time, all in a row. Over the years I have learned a few things to maximize my experience, which I have summarized below in 15 tips to help you improve yours.

Plan Ahead

  • Make a packing list. Preferably well in advance of the night before or morning of!
  • Keep an eye on Agenda Builder. Favorite sessions you want to track
  • Don’t overbook…anything. This is a marathon, not a sprint
  • Plan your travel logistics. Budget extra time getting to/from airports, parking, public transportation, anything where your plans are affected by others
  • If want to connect with someone face to face, book ahead. Time flies at Dreamforce!
  • Make sure you have all your travel documents in order and secure throughout
  • Consider utilizing various travel programs that allow you to bypass lines or at least gets you access to expedited services. Especially, at congested airports!

Once There

  • Remember your session agenda? Be prepared to modify and adapt as your week unfolds. You will meet new people, hear about something new (to you) that will force you to adjust your schedule. This is okay. Flexibility is your friend.
  • Repeating the obvious, meet new people, learn something new, share with others
  • Try local restaurants. There are many great coffee shops that aren’t green and likely less crowded. If you know someone local, ask them
  • Pace yourself throughout the week. Make sure you drink enough water, don’t skip (too many) meals, don’t try to hit every party (there are too many to cover)
  • Many people will go home exhausted. Many also go home with “Dreamflu” after running around for close to week with 200,000 people. Whatever you do stay healthy and keep the germs at bay, do it (avoiding people doesn’t count)!

After it’s all Over

  • Follow-up with new contacts within a week or at the most two max. Whether you reach out via email or a social platform, it is helpful to include a personal message with some context of how you met and/or why your contacting them to improve the odds of the person remembering you and why they should respond
  • Practice what you learned, preferably in a sandbox or developer org. Your production org will be happier and still fully functional if you do!
  • Take it easy over the weekend. Jet lag + Dream lag = tired bodies and minds. Recharge once you come down from the excitement you left behind

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Author: chriszullo

Boston born and bred sports geek with a twist. Unabashed sports nut and technology enthusiast. Living in the cloud literally and figuratively as a SaaS (Software as a Service) advocate that wants to see as much of the world in person as manageable.

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