Dreamforce Advice: Get a Room!

There will be lots of clouds and hopefully no rain on Monday when Dreamforce 2010 finally gets underway. For those of us in the SaaS/Salesforce world, it truly is the cloud computing event of the year. JP Seabury (aka Force Monkey) wrote a great post this week summarizing his Dreamforce: Tips for First Year Attendees.

They are:

  1. Check-in early.
  2. Explore the Moscone on the day before.
  3. Arrive early and get a good seat.
  4. Don’t be shy.
  5. Bring lots of business cards.
  6. Have a plan .
  7. Make arrangements in advance!
  8. Put the mobile device down. Connect. Engage. Interact.
  9. Introduce people you meet to other people who are joining your group late.
  10. Dreamforce is like Disney, don’t try to see it al in one visit.
  11. Explore every booth at Cloud Expo.
  12. Have fun. Leave the office behind, it’s just 4 days.

It’s a great list, with more details about his experiences on his blog. He goes on to summarize some additional tips from some of the biggest Salesforce gurus.

My main advice is for people who live in the Bay Area, but not in San Francisco. Get a room! So much of the Dreamforce networking happens at night and coming and going means you wont’ be connected…and you won’t have as much fun. Trust me, I’ve had to do it in the past and didn’t get as much out of the conference. I also missed the Foo Fighters! (Although I’m pretty sure my wife and newborn child appreciated the effort.)

Here are a few other posts with some good Dreamforce advice:

See you on Monday!

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