Do you dream of one day becoming a Salesforce MVP?
True story: years ago, when my career just began, I sent an email to Marc Benioff and begged him for a free ticket to Dreamforce. I promised him I’d one day do great things in his community. To my great surprise, he replied, took me up on my offer, and gave me a free ticket!
That moment began my fanatic pursuit to hold my end of the bargain and win the Salesforce MVP.
Now that I’ve won the award a few times, I’d like to share with you a few tips to help you win too:
MVP Tip #1: Find an MVP mentor
Everything changed when I met Syed Talha, my Salesforce MVP mentor. Yes, he taught me the daily habits of Salesforce MVP winners, but most importantly, he taught me how to respect the responsibility and not treat it like a game.
It’s nearly impossible to win the MVP award without knowing at least a few MVPs. Having an MVP mentor will give you the confidence to know you’re on the right path – it can be incredibly suspenseful seeing all the MVP announcements without knowing if you’re getting warmer or colder.
MVP Tip #2: Be active in the Success Community
This is one of the most reliable ways of becoming an MVP. The Success Community is the heart and soul of the overall Salesforce community, and a good standing there means you’re making a meaningful and measurable impact in the Salesforce world.
Take a look at the top contributors – most of them are MVPs!
MVP Tip #3: Make a Twitter account
So many Salesforce conversations are happening every second in Twitter, it is mind-boggling! The Salesforce Twitter community is even more active than the Success Community, however, many of the conversations going on are less public.
Regardless, if you don’t have a Twitter account and you’re not actively Tweeting with Salesforce, community members, #AskForce, etc, you’re isolating yourself from the Salesforce world!
So hurry up, create your Twitter account, and follow me!
MVP Tip #4: Start a Salesforce user group
This is the #1 most common way people become MVPs. Pick any MVP out there, and chances are that person started a User Group.
There are many different kinds of user groups and many ways you can be involved. Start a user group for your city. Start a user group for your industry. Start a user group for a product. Heck, start a user group for whatever community you identify with (like Women in Tech!)
Already have plenty of groups around you? Co-lead one or just help out!
MVP Tip #5: Make a name for yourself
Remember, you must be nominated to become a Salesforce MVP.
The more recognized your name is, the more likely you’ll be nominated. While a nomination by no means guarantees you’ll win, it’s hard to ignore many nominations from many different people.
While it’s awesome if you can make a big difference to a few people close to you, if you want to be an MVP, you need to make a big difference to many people around you!
MVP Tip #6: Get to know current MVPs
Once you get nominated, all MVPs vote for the nominees they believe make the cut. Simply put – if you don’t know any MVPs, chances are they don’t know much about you too and you won’t get strong votes!
Not saying you should be brown-nosing MVPs! But if your current community involvements don’t involve MVPs, chances are you might not be as involved as you should be!
MVP Tip #7: Stay active for the long run
Strive to be an MVP for the right reasons. It is obvious when someone is trying to quickly become an MVP for short-term personal gain.
Don’t expect to become an MVP after just one year of strong community involvement. Respect the community, help everyone out for the right reasons, and over time the community would have to be crazy not to present you the award!
Finally, you must believe that YOU can actually become an MVP. Anyone in the world can become an MVP no matter what their background is – just like coding. Do things the right way and pour your heart into it and you will achieve your goal!
These are my personal tips to becoming a Salesforce MVP – make sure to check out the official Salesforce blog post too!