Some call it Dreamforce Fog, Dreamforce Exhaustion or even Post-Dreamforce Syndrome (#PDFS). Regardless of what the name should be, many of us are still living in it. I know this, because we’re three business days post-Dreamforce, and fellow sponsors continue to tell me stories that show just how tired you can get from working the world’s largest software conference.
I’m going to share the best stories I’ve heard over the last 72 hours. I promised to keep each anonymous, but I can tell you that they all come from sponsors. Enjoy.
Confessions of Dreamforce Sponsors:
1. “[During Dreamforce] I hid under the boxes on the floor in our storage cupboard, using a pile of t-shirts as a pillow to lay down and [get some] shut-eye for just a few minutes.”
2. “I just asked my boyfriend if I did anything funny [this weekend] and he goes, ‘You were just all swagged out wearing all your new Dreamforce clothes. When anyone asked you about your week you were ready to give your booth demo.’ “
4. “When I got back Saturday around 2, I slept until 9 and then woke up and had absolutely no idea what time it was. Completely disoriented. I thought it was Monday morning and I had to get ready for work.”
5. “On Sunday, I went to grocery store and purchased bagged lettuce for salads – placed both bags in my freezer. Had to throw it all away.”
7. “I was headed out for my birthday this weekend and actually ran back to my room to grab business cards from my suitcase, so I could load up my back pocket.”
8. “I took a nap when I got home, and my wife says when she tried to wake me up I started screaming, ‘NOO!’ ”
9. “We had heard rumors that UberX was live in [our city]…..When I got off the plane I ordered an Uber. However, I didn’t check because of exhaustion and it ended up being a black car. Needless to say, I turned a $15 cab ride into a $60 ride home.”
10. “The only method of survival [during Dreamforce] was heading to one of the lounges every morning and using one of the coffee cups to disguise a bloody mary.”
11. “My colleague got into her hotel elevator right after the show, and sat in it for 5 minutes before realizing that she needed to select her floor in order for it to go anywhere.”
12. “Last year, a teammate and I tried to take an Uber to like 10 hotels after the show had just ended, to secure rooms for 2015. It was only after waiting in bumper-to-bumper traffic for 45 mins in a panic, that we realized we could just call the hotels for availability.”
Have you had a similar moment? If so, please share below. Also, take pride in the fact that your Dreamforce Fog / Dreamforce Exhaustion / #PDFS reflects how much work you put into the show, so nice job on that.