10 August 2015

First Time at Dreamforce? Me Too, Let's Connect!

It's that time of the year... That time that gets over 150,000 people excited about the one of a kind event - Dreamforce '15!

For a few years in a row I have been missing out on all of the awesomeness that everyone is talking about, the stories that I keep hearing over and over again from colleagues and friends, the photos, the videos, the blog posts about the amazing time at Dreamforce... And I have to admit, it's all my fault. I have been hoping that the companies that I worked for will eventually add me to the Dreamforce contingent. Unfortunately that did not happen.

Last year I promised that the worst case scenario is that I will be sponsoring myself and will not miss out Dreamforce '15, not matter what! So, here we are, ready to rock!

As a first-timer, I feel a bit overwhelmed with all the information coming from every side and I'm trying to filter as much as I can. Over the years I've been taking tips from others on how to get the most out of it. All agree that the key is to develop a strategy.

But where do you start developing the strategy? There is so much information out there!

As I mentioned before I think the best starting point is to have a chat with someone else that has attended Dreamforce before (preferably multiple times) and pick their brains. But even better, this year there is something that has helped me develop my strategy, something that has made me a lot more comfortable around planning the whole event - it's called Trailhead.

In one of my previous blog posts I mentioned Trailhead as a great tool to get you started if you're new to the platform and want a quick hands-on start on the platform. Ever since, Trailhead has grown big time. I can't even keep track of how many trails and modules are available, but I strongly encourage you to get on it right now, seriously!

One of the trails is the "Dreamforce Trail", which helped me (and I'm sure will help you as a first-timer) to find all the resources you'll need to get the most out of your experience. It will take you around 30 minutes to complete the modules and most of your questions will be answered. At the end you will end up with some videos and blog posts to check out, but this will definitely eliminate all the noise. Once you have your key goals set and your big questions answered, it's easy to fill in the gaps.

I'm still working on my final plan, but these are the few things that I'm sure I'll be doing at Dreamforce '15:

  • Spend most of the time at the DevZone
  • Connect with as many cool people as I can (MVPs, Evangelists, Admins, Developers)
  • Don't overbook myself with sessions
  • Check out the Dreamboat
  • Hydrate
  • Attend parties

I've seen the Foo Fighters a few times, and they're awesome! Make sure you don't miss that one out!

So, If you spot my melon in the crowd and would like to connect, please approach me! I'm really looking forward to it!

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