What to do while everyone else is at Dreamforce (The 2016 version)
by Clicktools Customer & Guest Blogger, Scott Mortimer
It’s that time again. Dreamforce is upon us. My feed on LinkedIn has been bombarded with Dreamforce posts and I’ve been getting slews of emails from various Salesforce partners: Join us at our booth; Come to our happy hour; attend our special dinner, etc. The vendors I work with have all asked me in the last week or two if I’m going and if we can meet up.
Wouldn’t you know it, the week of Dreamforce is the same week that we at Royal Canin are having our All Associates Meeting and National Sales Meetings, in order to set us up for a great 2017. While this is great for the preparedness and success of our company, sadly it means that I am going to miss Dreamforce again this year and must decline all of your lovely offers to meet up.
But this got me to thinking. What are Salesforce professionals supposed to do if they cannot make it to Dreamforce? Sit around and sulk? No way! As I wrote last year in the 2015 version of what to do when everyone else is at Dreamforce, there are lots of great ways to spend your time this week. Catching up on The Walking Dead episodes and preparing to adopt a puppy didn’t make the 2016 list, but five other very worthwhile things did.
Here are my top picks for making the most of Dreamforce week 2016:
- Trailhead: What a great chance to pick up some new Salesforce skills or polish some you already have. I have been working towards the Reports and Dashboards Specialist Superbadge and have unlocked it finally. Maybe I’ll get a few hours together to get it done. Some other great choices are:
- The Build a Suggestion Box App
- Lightning Experience Basics
- Wave Analytics Basics
- The Admin Advanced Trail
- Update your Customer Feedback Program: I have realized recently that our feedback survey for IT Support is not doing what we want it to. It’s too long and the scale we are using is not really meaningful for us. I want to change it. This week is a perfect opportunity to dig in and get it updated.
- Do some Salesforce work for a Charity/Non-Profit: The boys and girls club I went to as a teenager has decided to implement Salesforce and I am going to work with them to get it all set up. This is a great chance for me to do something new and challenging and at the same time give a little back to my old neighbourhood.
- Watch Dreamforce videos and the Live Feed: Salesforce has posted videos that you can watch at https://www.salesforce.com/dreamforce/DF16/videos. These are videos on getting ready for #DF16, planning your week and past people’s experiences. There is also live feeds from Dreamforce at https://www.salesforce.com/blog/2016/09/watch-dreamforce-16-salesforce-live.html?d=70130000000tP4L&d=70130000000tP4G. Maybe not quite as good as being there, but much cheaper and from the comfort of your desk!
- Take a Salesforce break: Why not use this week to step back and recharge your batteries? Maybe not doing something Salesforce will help you get back into it next week with renewed vigor and excitement. Watch a movie, read some books, or just work on other projects if you are able.