With hundreds of thousands of people expected, hundreds of parties, sessions and meeting invites, Dreamforce can be overwhelming for even the most seasoned conference attendee. We’ve compiled a few of the most important mistakes to avoid this year at Dreamforce, especially if you’ve never attended an event of its scale before. Hopefully with these tips and tricks, you’ll enter San Francisco next week like a pro:
- ‘Go big’ and you will ‘go home!’ – If you plan to party on the first night like it’s your last, you can guarantee it will be…your last good day at Dreamforce. While the parties are always a blast and great networking opportunities, remember that your sessions and meetings during the day are the main event. The parties should serve as the cherry on top of an educational and productive day/week.
- Don’t forget the basics – Comfy shoes, water bottle, business cards, eating lunch. These seem like obvious things but we’ve been to Dreamforce enough times to know that the most basic, self-care elements are always the first to go. You will have long days and nights, back-to-back meetings and hours on your feet so be sure to take care of yourself first and foremost.
- Prioritize – One big give away of a Dreamforce first-timer is the “overbooked calendar.” You don’t have to commit to everything and everyone. Take a step back from your schedule and pick out the sessions and meetings that matter the most to you and plan around those. Remember, session locations might not be next to each other so bake in time for travel, lunch breaks and recharging.