Are you one of the lucky 170,000+ Salesforce users who will get to go to Dreamforce this year? Then, read on to benefit from our tips to make the most of this now officially ‘overwhelming’ event.
As with everything that has a tendency to ‘overwhelm’, my first tip is to break it down and simply.
1. Break it down
Decide beforehand what you are going to see and map a route to go from A to B to C, etc. Here are lots of planning resources at Salesforce.com.
2. Time yourself
This event now takes over San Francisco city and there is some serious walking involved to go from venue A to venue B. Set up a tool like Calently to book your time during the event. Allow some breaks, be sure to have some time slots for new contacts to book an appt with you. Pop on 1 hr of ‘must attend to’ regular work/emails to keep things going back in the office.
3. Pace yourself
It’s 4 days straight, days and eves. Unless you are super-fit, you’ll be exhausted by the sheer number of people and energy of it all. Allow yourself an hour of zen time each day to recoup.
Only attend to what’s important to you. Be the boss of your time!!! By being laser focused on what you came to do, you won’t be as tired. As well, block out any non-essential input / requirements from the office for these 4 days.
5. Prepare follow-ups
This is our last tip to Get the Most out of Dreamforce: Following up with your new connections, discovered opportunities and new learnings to implement – it can be huge! The most efficient ways to doing follow-ups is either executing or planning that follow-up right there and then, and bring in some automations. Download a business card scanner app on your phone and scan in those contact details. Bring new people in as leads or partners into your Salesforce org. Prep a campaign with few follow-up activities ahead of time, for easy execution. Then, have a useful ‘nice to meet you’ email or ‘welcome journey’- email series ready to send to everyone you meet. If you’re an Asana user, plan new and nifty implementation projects with a target due date.
That’s it for our tips to Get the Most out of Dreamforce, folks. Beyond this, just have fun!