Advice For Dreamforce Newbies From Conference Veterans
I have a confession to make: I have a problem. I’m addicted to reading, researching, talking about and planning for Dreamforce.
It’s my first time heading down to San Francisco for this conference, so I’ve been trying to absorb anything and everything about it since I found that I’m part of the team heading down to represent Influitive.
I know I’m not alone — there are more than 26,000 other people in the New to Dreamforce Chatter group.
That’s why I wanted to ask some Dreamforce veterans, both here at Influitive and elsewhere, for their tips and advice for first-timers like me.
Top 5 tips for first-time Dreamforce attendees
Influitive’s VP of Marketing, Jim Williams, recently shared his tips in a guest post featured on DocuSign’s blog: Top 5 Tips for First-Time Dreamforce Attendees. There he elaborates on these five pieces of advice:
- Be prepared, practical and patient
- Find your niche
- Build relationships
- Have fun (but not too much fun)
- Be an advocate for your favorite apps and companies
More useful Dreamforce advice for newbies
Here’s the advice that a few other Influvians shared with me:
“Want to feel like a rockstar? Bring a prospect to your favorite company’s booth and introduce them to a sales rep.” –Julie Weill Persofsky, Director of Customer Success
“Comfortable shoes are a must!” –Nadia Hogg, Advocacy Coach
“At some point, check out the rooftop bar at the Mariott, which has great views of the city.” –Aaron Rothschild, Director of Product and Customer Experience
I put out a call on Twitter as well to see what others might suggest. Thanks to everyone who shared their tips!
@cassandrajowett People keen on watching the keynote presentations should lineup early to avoid getting pushed overflow rooms.
— Brian Jackson (@brianjjackson) November 5, 2013
— Eric Dreshfield (@ericdresh) November 5, 2013
@cassandrajowett Be aware that sometimes the wireless networks get overloaded with so many people accessing them.
— Jane Isaac (@janeisaac) November 6, 2013
@cassandrajowett Try to limit the amount of sessions you take per day. Most are recorded. Time might be better spent networking with others.
— Maria S Belli (@JustAGirlyGeek) November 6, 2013
Dreamforce veterans: Share your tips for first-time attendees in the comments below!
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