ADM 211 Apprenticeship

This year I’ve had the pleasure of helping with the Certification Study Group that Deepa Patel (@dpcrmguru) runs in the Salesforce Community.

I first came across this study group back in 2015. I was super excited to see so many members in the community asking questions and helping each other to study for their Salesforce certifications. I already had my ADM 201, but it was nice to know this was available for so many community members.

When I made the decision to go for my ADM 211 certification, I knew just where to start! I was lucky enough to get in Tami Esling’s group. She was a wonderful session leader! She was helpful, inspiring and made a huge life long impression in my personal life.

We’ve completed 10 sessions so far! I know my members are learning so much from one another. The sessions are all run by Community members that are already certified. There are requirements to join a study group session. Trailhead badges and real world experience is necessary to keep up the the other members in the group.

Seeing members using their knowledge to assist others in the group to understand key principles that are needed to pass a certification is inspiring. In our last session I witnessed a member who had trouble with lightning explain perfectly how to use territory management to the member who explained lightning home components to him.

Sharing knowledge is power and this Certification Study Group has epic amounts!

Learn more about the Certification Study Group here: http://certstudygroup.com/

Destination Success, Destination Completed!

DST18_Group PhotoDestination Success was a wonderful success for me. I walked away with 2 brand new certifications and knowledge to get 2 more. What a whirlwind!

IMG_0139 Every morning there was a wellness walk with 30 of my best Salesforce friends. The first day we walked to the old school Las Vegas sign.

I enjoyed getting some fresh air and the blood pumping in my legs. I met all kinds of Salesforce groupies, from newly certified admins to veteran developers working on their architect certs.

We donated school supplies to the Las Vegas School District. I had to make room for all the SalesforceUniversity swag I was collecting. And the swag was flowing! Certified t-shirts, pins for your backpack, tech cord holders, mugs, Astros and the most coveted swag of all: a light book.

I went zip-lining down Fremont street! It was cold and windy but I beat out MsgsquaredMisty Jones and Melissa Linenberger.

2 of my rockstar admins from the Study Certification Group got their advanced admin and app builder certifications. Congrats to Donald Bohrisch and Genise Christianson!

 

I alsoIMG_0158 got to hang out with David Liu. He was handing out red SFDC99 shirts.  We were super jazzed to wear them on 

His session on “The Transition from Salesforce Administrator to Developer” was so inspiring to hear from someone that has been through the process. David shared some great advice on navigating the trail from admin to developer and on to architect.

I can’t wait to finish up my consulting clouds and start on my path to developer.

 

IMG_0168Every night I scheduled networking dinners for 8. We dined at different restaurants in the hotel.

We always had a full table of Salesforce nerds. It was so nice to meet so many people interested in the same topic but different paths to get to where they are.

I met a lady who passed 5 certification while at Destination Success. I have to say I was blown away at her knowledge! All time rockstar Michael Drzewiecki walked away with his 13th and 14th certifications!

 

When it was finally time to go home we played one last round of Wheel of Fortune!

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Until next year in Washington, D.C. Destination Success. Sign up here to be notified when registration opens.

Destination Success Roll Call! #DST17

Here’s the lowdown of Destination Success. #DS17 One full week in Vegas selecting your favorite track of awesomeness. 3 chances at certification tests. Monday before the training sessions start, Thursday after session complete and Friday morning before you leave.

This year I thought I would challenge myself. I’ve been studying the for the App Builder since Dreamforce. I’m taking the certification test on Monday morning, crossing my fingers for a win! For my sessions I signed myself up for the Developer track. I’m feeling a little overwhelmed but hopeful. I have no expectations for passing the Developer cert while I’m at #DS17. I do want to try my hand at the Sales Cloud certification. Added bonus: you can take any cert test you want.

This year Misty Jones (@MistyRaeJones), Monica Sanberg (@NotIsBlank) and I thought it would be awesome to network and meet others while we are there. Misty and Monica created Destination Success Roll Call for the community to start posting who they are, what they are interested in and the track they are taking. Everyone shares tips for studying and I started a google doc for dinner reservations. It never amazes me more than how quickly the Salesforce community jumps in to help one another.

I’m a self taught learner. I like the Salesforce training sessions as a kick start to learning. I do have realistic expectations when it comes to my learning style. #DS17 is going to be a whirlwind of a week! Learning, networking and certification galore! I can’t wait to see all of the community. Best of luck to us all!

 

MVP – Mom Vice President!

Being a Mom is hard, period. I had a mentor remind me of this last week. She also reminded me that I’m my own MVP. Some think this is Most Valuable Player, but I’m renaming it to be Mom Vice President!

Every Mom has different duties, wether you are a mom working in the home, working part-time or full time outside the home. I actually wrote out my schedule one day.

5:30 AM – Wake up, get moving lady. Dress, drink your breakfast while driving to the gym. Amazing Hubster stays home to man the kiddos

6:10 AM Get moving at the gym. Gotta get the sexy back!

7:20 AM Make sure the family is moving… (Hubster is awesome at getting this moving) Getting everyone ready for work, school. Also shower and make yourself somewhat presentable for the outside world.

7:45 AM Everyone out the door or you will be late!

8:00 AM  WORK, WOrk, work…. Lifecycle of a Salesforce Administrator

10 AM Meetings, meetings, meetings

Noon Did I eat lunch? Dang that was snack…

3 PM Almost made it through the day.

5:00 PM on Tuesdays – Teach ADM211 Study Certification Session otherwise get out of the office if you can!

5:30 PM All other days: Collect toddler from daycare, mental note on dinner, hopefully the dinner genie made something good.

6:00 PM EAT or multitask eating with reviewing the day with family

6:15 PM Assist teenager with homework, occupy the toddler, fold laundry that didn’t get done, study flash cards for next cert test.

7:00 PM Bath time, everyone get in their PJs. (i.e. Mom balances laptop/iPad on knees while toddler plays in the tub. Yes, I have picture that my hubby blackmails me with)

8:00 PM First round of bedtime with toddler…

8:10 PM Second round of bedtime with toddler…

8:3o PM Touch base with teenager on next day and what time he will be heading to bed.

9:00 PM Trailhead and cert study time

10:00 PM I think I feel asleep with my laptop… Kiss the Hubster goodnight.

When I look back 10 years ago it was most of the same stuff. I was still a mom, just single. Raising a little boy with a learning disability, working full time and putting myself through college. Now is not better or worse, just different. I identify with single moms, working from home moms, working outside of the house moms and even moms that don’t have human children. Just think of the example as a mom you are setting for your children. Showing them how strong moms can be. Go be your MVP!

 

Realm In Review

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Looking back at the Salesforce Princess realm in review, 2016 was a year of change.

To kick off the year I passed my Advanced Admin Certification. This gave me such a rush to hit the ground running for 2016. Getting this certification solidified for me that I am in deed a princess of power!

I moved to a new company. LifeLock feels like home. I’ve only been here since August, but I feels like it’s been years. I love the culture and I’m no longer a solo admin. It was so nice to take a couple days of vacation and not worry about the realm while I was away. I’m sure there will always be exciting opportunities and more changes to come in 2017.

Dreamforce 2016 was a totally different experience for me. It was the first time I didn’t have an agenda packed with sessions and HOTs. I spent my time with other Salesforce rockstars this year. I enjoyed cheering on my follow Phoenicians in their speaking sessions, volunteering at the admin meadow, and attending some amazing meetups with other user group leaders and MVPs.  It was nice to connect with community members that I chat with online and meet new fast friends. Don’t forget seeing U2 with 100,000 of my closest friends.

I finally became a Trailblazer with getting over 100 Trailhead badges! I loved refreshing my memory and challenging myself with some of the beginner developer badges. I learned tips and tricks to help with the Phoenix Women In Tech user group, career planning and story telling.

We added a co-leader to the Phoenix Women In Tech user group. Gloria Gutierrez @Msgsquared joined me to help with the group. As we plan meetings for the group, it is so exciting to have her perspective.

I spoke on my first customer panel for Salesforce this year. Sharing my story of career path with a live audience allowed me to check off an item on my bucket list. I plan to push myself further outside my comfort zone and come up with a topic to submit to Dreamforce 2017.

Salesforce goals for 2017:

  • Add certifications to my bag of tricks (Join me at Destination Success in March. Vegas Baby!)
  • Continue to grow the Phoenix WIT user group
  • Get more Trailhead badges
  • Continue to push myself to connect more with the Salesforce Community
  • Help rock the 1st WITness Success conference with all the amazing Women in Tech.

 

 

 

TrailBlazer!

I got 99 problems but @Trailhead badges aren’t one! I finally did it; 100 badges on Salesforce Trailhead.

My favorite badge

impact-of-unconscious-biasImpact of Unconscious Bias – Recognize unconscious bias at work and its impact on employee performance. I share this badge with all who walk my path. It is so important now more than ever to address bias not only in the work place but for the greater good of all humans that live on this earth.

Other badges that make my heart sing:

trailhead_module_organizational_alignment_v2momOrganizational Alignment (V2MOM) – Use the V2MOM process to get aligned on goals and strategies across the company. This badge helped me to organize myself with my own company and the user groups I’m part of.

trailhead_module_storytellingStorytelling – See how stories make your meetings, presentations, and communications more compelling. This badge helped me to inspire my Salesforce users with best business practices. Storytelling is also super helpful in my presentations as Women In Tech leader.

trailhead_module_innovation_basicsInnovation Basics – Cultivate the right behaviors and team to ignite innovation in your organization. I love this badge because it reminds me of the underwater world that we still haven’t explored! Plus it’s a groovy way to squash the “well this is the way we’ve always done things” kind of mindset.

trailhead_module_salesforce_ohana_cultureSalesforce Ohana Culture – Learn how Salesforce lives our Ohana values every day. Finally the Salesforce #Ohana badge. I just love the way that Salesforce Culture has been extended to the MVPs, User Group Leaders and Customers.

Astro I hope I made you proud.

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Now back to Trailhead… more badges!

Struck by Lightning!

Salesforce announced the Admin #LightningChallenge!

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What is this #LightningChallenge you ask? Complete 10 challenges, 1 everyday and win AMAZING SWAG! Plus you will learn just some of the sweetness that is Salesforce Lightning.

I’ve always been skeptical of Lightning from the beginning. Honestly Lightning shakes up my realm. I’m on day 7 of the challenge. I can say that I may have not learned anything new just yet, but it was eye opening on how much customization lightning really gives an #awesomeadmin.

Being able to customize a home tab for any of my users profiles is awesomesauce. Lightning components are pretty handy too for a declarative admin. Some of the FREE components that I love are:

USA Heatmap Visualize your data on a state by state basis

What’s the Weather? Get real-time weather information in a flash

Hierarchy  Interactive visualization of your hierarchical data.

Come join me over at the Admin #LightningChallenge!