I just had an amazing weekend with some amazing people from all walks of life. I was told to take fifteen minutes of my day to pour out the thoughts in my head on this blog. For the unwary reader who has never heard of me or known me, this can be a dangerous adventure because my thought processes works in a way I don’t fully understand.
Anywho, I have fifteen minutes before I leave the house for work and decided I would attempt this old cathartic friend of mine called “writing”.
So to start, let’s talk about what I did this weekend.
On Thursday, I attended a little something called Midwest Dreamin’ at Navy Pier in Chicago. This is a regional conference held by regional Salesforce User Groups combined. Now if you have no idea what Salesforce is about, feel free to keep reading this blog because at some point in time I will give you hints and pieces about this kool-aid I now make pitchers of called Salesforce.
My role in Midwest Dreamin’ was as a first time volunteer, second time attendee. As a co-leader of the Salesforce Chicago Suburban User Group, I found myself motivated to pitch in with the work. A potential new Salesforce admin/developer asked me what the user groups were all about and I gave her this analogy.
Have you ever joined a church or support group or attended something similar? Well I joined a church once upon a time and in that process you are asked to stand up to be recognized as a new or visiting member. During/after that time the church had a moment where you turned to your neighbor on either side and hugged or shook hands.
Joining a Salesforce User Group is similar to this analogy, but in a professional environment. We meet to talk about our work, trouble, frustrations and successes using Salesforce. It is a social network, but one unlike any I have ever joined before. I asked questions that were probably silly to an experienced admin or developer, but they still went out of their way to answer it on the community.
I felt unsure about my professional development and path, but I met some amazing people who would text me at any hour to tell me what I needed to hear to plunge into the great blue beyond.
This is the world I have joined and to the many new people I met over the weekend, this is what I would tell them about this world.
Earlier, I mentioned a pitcher of “kool-aid” I now make. A family member I love told me I was now “indoctrinated” into the Salesforce cult. I think of it as, having a choice to choose between the blue pill and the red pill. Keyword is choice because an indoctrination does not allow you to question the belief; however, this crazy community I joined is all about questions.
Questioning the application, questioning the roles of admins in organizations, questioning the creators of Salesforce on why they made it this way or that way and more often than not we question ourselves.
This is why I now make the pitcher of the kool-aid share with others. I can offer, but they must make the decision to drink and that ends my fifteen minutes for the day.