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Salesforce Career Conversations #19: Megan Tuano

Episode 19: Salesforce Career Conversations Megan Tuano with ROD. Super talented Megan talks about her journey to becoming a Salesforce Consultant and her impact on the Salesforce ecosystem through her online media activity.

Lee: Hi, this is Lee Durrant here with another episode of RODcast where we dive into people’s Salesforce careers to find you, ideally, little nuggets of inspiration that might help you in your Salesforce career. I’m delighted to say that joining me today is Megan Tuano, who is a Salesforce consultant and content creator, among other things. Hi, Megan, thanks for joining me. 

Megan: Hi, I’m so excited to be here with you. 

Lee: This is fantastic. It’s the first time we’ve spoken, isn’t it? 

Megan: Yes. 

Lee: It’s nice to have you on. I was going to list everything you look like you’re doing, but I think content creator and consultant probably sums it up. Perhaps, if you don’t mind, give us a quick overview of what you’re doing now before we rewind time and walk through your career if it’s okay. 

Megan: Yes, absolutely. I’ve got quite a few things going on. For full-time, my employment, I’m a Salesforce Consultant at Slalom. For my part-time jobs, I am an expert author for Salesforce Ben. I create content for Focus on Force. I’m also the founder of Trailblazer Social, where people that are coming into the ecosystem can network with other people because community is absolutely essential. Then I also run a Discord channel, with about 750 members, catering to military members, military spouses but also people that are entering the Salesforce ecosystem. It’s just like another sort of a community which they could have when entering.  

It’s like Slack, but Discord has channels and then sub-channels. Really cool platform. It was originally designed for gamers, but since COVID and everything, everything’s really changed. This is more of like a professional platform. I have a community where people can come in and ask questions. They can find out about local events going on. 

Then my personal favourite; we have something called a rant channel. If you’re just needing help or you have open questions or you want to discuss something going on, where we just have all these different channels, which people feel, essentially, at the end of the day comfortable with. That’s the best platform. 

Lee: Did you mention Focus on Force, which is your other content that you produce? Cool. 

Megan: Yes. 

Lee: How did all this start? If we go back to, I suppose the beginning or maybe even prior to Salesforce, what were you doing before you got into Salesforce? What was your first job? 

Megan: That’s a great question. I had graduated and like many people, I was struggling to find a job. I had worked at my college days for the graduate admissions office. I was contacted by a company called 2U, that essentially run admissions schools in different master’s programs. I was called into work for Syracuse in Upstate New York for their master’s and data science program. That’s where I started breaking into tech. I was able to work with different people within data science. 

The real background behind that was that they were actually using Salesforce at the time. I started using it from a sales perspective, where I was selling admissions to students that were potentially interested in the master’s program. Then from there, I went to work for the University of California, Berkeley, the same master’s program, just a little bit more advanced for those professionals, but they were also using the Salesforce platform. 

That’s really how I got started. My uncle suggested– He worked at Capgemini at the time, another Salesforce consulting firm. He was just like, “Yes, you should check out Salesforce, you’re using it.” It just went from there. Hopped on Trailhead one day, and then now, a Salesforce consultant. 

Lee: Yes, among lots of other things by the sounds of it as well. In a way then, I appreciate your uncle tipped you off, but you also seem like you’re someone that fell into it a little bit by accident, again, with using it and getting a bit interested in it from a data science background. That’s pretty cool. What was your first real 100% Salesforce role then? Did it happen in a place that you were using it or did you have to then go out somewhere else to get that job? 

Megan: That’s a great question. I originally was so determined. I was so motivated by my students, both at Syracuse and UC Berkeley. I was like, “I’m going to do data science too.” It’s like the right field, but I just pivoted. I was like, “You know what? Never mind.” I actually looked for– I use LinkedIn. I’m a huge, huge, huge, proponent of LinkedIn. I found a non-profit in the area. 

At this time, we were moving in Maryland before we moved to Texas. I had found a non-profit that needed help, and they were using Salesforce. It was a way for me to add it to my resume, get hands-on experience, work with this non-profit that was also working with high school students to teach them tech. It all just fit every criteria that I was looking for. I volunteered with them for a while. COVID hit. 

Then, thankfully, there is a lot of Facebook groups for Salesforce professionals, and a lot of times, people go in globally looking for people to volunteer. At that time, I found an organisation, actually, in London, Oxford area. They were looking for Salesforce consultants to volunteer. They hired a main consultant on but that consultant needed help, and essentially, that’s where myself and two other people stepped in. Then we were like a global team. We grew from there. Then that’s how I started. Very, very thankful to have two volunteer positions. 

Then a recruiter, after adding that experience to my LinkedIn, reached out. They were like, “Hey, we would love to talk.” Then that’s, essentially, how I landed my first actual position. 

Lee: Now, so you skimmed over that, but I think we need to probably congratulate you for the fact that you were willing to do that volunteer work because it’s no mean feat, is it? To say that I’m going to volunteer and put the work in to get something on my CV. It is a tip that we try and give a lot of people when they’re trying to break into the Salesforce space. It’s all well and good going and getting certified, but you need the real-world experience. It’s like a chicken and egg, isn’t it? How did you juggle that? How were you able to go, “Okay, I’m going to volunteer?” What was that like? 

Megan: That’s a great question. When I was working my full-time job, what I agreed upon when I took my first volunteer position, the one in Maryland in-person, thankfully, I would dedicate three nights and going there from like, let’s say, 6:00 to 9:00 or 6:00 to 10:00 depending on when the high school kids were there, because not only were they using Salesforce, they were a non-profit that relied completely on grants. 

I was motivated not by only the kids, but by the founder. He was doing this all alone. The motivation from the people was what kept me going, but also maintaining just a really tight schedule and committing to myself. When you start volunteering, you have to commit to that organisation too. That’s how I managed it. It was being happy about going, really. 

Lee: Fantastic. As I say, it’s a tip that we give to people to try and find things like that, where you can get some real-world experience and develop. What was that first project like then when you were working with them? Do you mind? You don’t have to go into too much detail, but what did they have you do? 

Megan: For the first position, it got cut a little short because of COVID, but we, essentially, started creating users. We started getting an idea of the kids were the show. They, basically, just separated themselves into departments. These are all kids in tech from, I would say, just high school grades. They would have a business team; they would have an engineering team. They would have a team focused on the drones because they did hackathons. 

The way they did hackathons, they had to get sponsored by tech companies in the area. We worked with colleges and universities and high schools that would, essentially, sponsor them and give them internships. I would have to divide it between here’s our campaigns that we’re sending out, here’s the marketing side that we’re going to be sending out, here’s how we tracked students that are potentially interested in the people, here are people that we could talk for grants about. Are we meeting our grant goals? Creating reports and dashboards. 

Essentially, the goal was to see the whole 360 version of the company and the non-profit itself but also get the kids involved. For them to be able to learn Salesforce was really cool too. They were like, “Oh, I’m building drones, and I’m doing all this hackathon stuff and all this tech stuff, but Salesforce is really cool, too”. It was really interesting to see how that shifted and really seeing their eyes light up almost. Then it did get cut, April. I guess, it was 2020 at that time when the pandemic really came down, so it then shut. I’ve been in contact; they’re doing great but definitely miss it. 

Lee: By the sounds of it, you putting up with the time now to go back and help them if they need you, but it must be nice to get something that complex. I’m not a Salesforce person by any means, but it obviously then helped you in your career, to get that on your CV to go, “Not only have I got Trailhead badges.” I’m guessing at that point, did you have any certifications, or did that come after you got that experience? 

Megan: You know what? That’s another good question. I actually didn’t know or understand the value of certifications at that time. I was so focused on, “Oh, the Trailhead is so much fun.” When I started, I didn’t fully understand the path that one needed to take when starting Salesforce. I was like, “Okay, well, I’ll study.” I know that I had to sit for a cert, but I didn’t understand how essential that was to be able to get the job. It’s funny because I worked with students every day that needed Python or Java or certifications to be able to even get admitted into a program. I will say when I started out three and a half years ago, almost four now, I didn’t understand. 

That’s why I pivoted to create all of these platforms and spaces where people could see like, “Okay, well, I need to start Salesforce, I need to get on Trailhead, I need to perhaps find a volunteer spot where I can stay with them for a while and work and benefit on both ends and then I can take my cert.” Just present some timeline because that’s something that I definitely didn’t understand when I first started. 

Lee: I think that’s true of a lot of people that I speak to. I know Trailhead is really, really good, but it gives you these badges, and it gets addictive and everything, but sometimes it’s nice to understand what pathway your particular skill outside of Salesforce would lend well to if you don’t want to go down the road of being a developer; if you are really a people person and you want to be a consultant. 

Obviously, that’d bring us forward to what you’re up to at the moment, but I’m still curious to find out about what was your first paid gig then? By doing that, and I appreciate you did it to give back as well as to get something in your CV or resume as you would call it. What was it like then to go, “I think I’m ready now, to get that first paid job?” 

Megan: It was very nerve-wracking. I had put up all of my volunteer experience on LinkedIn. I had started getting recruiters to actually reach out to me. The first company that had reached out, it’s called Torrent Consulting. I absolutely fell in love with them. They were about culture, they were about people first, and they also had an office in Guatemala and myself being adopted in Costa Rica, they have a heavy focus on teaching locations that don’t have access to Salesforce or technology. 

They like bringing the technology there because they believe that at the end of the day, talent is everywhere, but opportunities are not sometimes. It was just awesome working with an office in Guatemala. The people that I actually started working with, I eventually took the position with them. They had a killer interview process that I could not say no to. 

Lee: Oh, we’ll come back to that.  

Megan: It was so much fun. Yes. The lead that I was actually working with, I came in as a Salesforce business analyst, which just means I was shadowing and helping the lead essentially at the time creating documentation and stuff, but she was located in Guatemala and just having such an inspiring partner and woman working next to her, Torrent was just one of the best companies that I’ve by far worked with. 

After about nine to 10 months, just as COVID was really hitting and I just needed to take a step back to regroup my thoughts. My husband also was leaving the military at that time. He served in the US Air Force here. He had a lot going on. I had to step back, took a few months, and then started at the new position as a Salesforce consultant. 

Lee: Right. Okay. Again, to rewind a little bit, I’m quite interested in the kind of thing you said there. First things first, though, it’s interesting, isn’t it? That even if you might think it’s just volunteering, and this is advice that goes to anyone listening to this, where they might hear, you got to get something on your CV, the fact that you updated your LinkedIn profile to say what you’ve done volunteering, all of a sudden were you being inundated with recruiters as you get a lot of messages saying, “Oh, you’re looking?” has that felt like you turned the tap on? 

Megan: Yes. Since I had worked in data science, I really knew how to sell my students in order to get into the program, so I learned how to sell myself. From that, I was able to make my LinkedIn profile, which I think is almost more important than a resume nowadays. It’s important to have a resume, but people and recruiters essentially find you first when it comes to LinkedIn. 

I was able to update it and put everything that I was doing in my volunteer positions and putting these keywords in there where recruiters could find me easier. Yes, that definitely helped. I would say a lot of recruiters definitely came into contact after but what also really helped was that I was reaching out to recruiters too. I had to make it a two-way process. If you can’t see me, I’m going to make you see me somehow. That really helped. 

Lee: I love that. I think you’re right actually, obviously as a silver-haired recruiter, I’ve been around the block a bit. Yes, LinkedIn, if someone approaches you now with a CV, or resume, sorry, pretty much the first thing you do is go on LinkedIn. I don’t know why, but it’s just a habit we’ve gotten into now, straight on LinkedIn to kind of see what they do on LinkedIn, where they’ve got any recommendations, and just how active they are in there. 

It’s strange, isn’t it? That’s just the habit now. I think recruiters, by and large, live on LinkedIn now. That’s the tip for anybody really. Keep your LinkedIn profile up to date and every time you do something in Salesforce, any sort of new project, any sort of new technology, new cert or whatever, update it because opportunity is sniffing around if you want it. Obviously, if you don’t want it, then you just ignore it but that’s good. You mentioned about the killer interview process at Torrent. Do you mind sharing what that was? 

Megan: Yes. The difference I’ve seen with Salesforce companies versus where I’ve applied to before is that Salesforce companies make it about who you are as a person, especially when you’re starting Salesforce, you have to have the cert that looks really good, you have to have experience, that looks terrific too. Really it’s the soft skills that a lot of these companies focus on. What I liked about the first interview that I had, which was with Torrent Consulting, was that the first was with two people. 

We essentially just talked about the apps I created and why the passion was there for Salesforce. It felt very natural. It didn’t feel like I was sweating and saying like, “Oh my gosh, are they interested in my answers? Am I talking too long? Am I rambling?” They made it very easy and flowing. There was a total of three interviews. The second interview was, oh, definitely more technical, but it was also very enjoyable. 

They asked questions in terms of what have you done with Salesforce so far? Where do you see Salesforce going? Are you excited about it? What features are you looking towards? What clouds are you interested in? They really looked at your process along the road like where you see yourself eventually. It showed me that they were interested in growth. Now the final interview was with the CEO. 

The fact that the CEO with a company of 200 people at that time was willing to sit down and talk and ask questions, that felt more like he was willing to put the time in to hear you and see you. That was the icing on the cake. I was like, “Oh, this is awesome.” He’s actually living in Guatemala right now. When he opened the Guatemala office, he moved down there and it was just so much fun. You had a part serious interview, but you also had more of a personal interview, which was really, really cool. 

Lee: I think that makes sense. To be fair, so many companies just ask you the Salesforce questions, what search you got on, and they fire load of technical questions at you and that’s it that. You’ve got to get to know the person, especially if it’s a consulting, client-facing kind of role. I think that’s important. Yes, carry on then. I interrupted you. I think you were talking about the journey from that point then to where you are now. Correct me if I’m wrong, but did you then go because of COVID and you had to move on and everything? Did you then move to Slalom from that point of view or have I missed a step? 

Megan: Yes. I went from Torrent Consulting for 10 months, and then I went to another company called Cloud Performer. That was going to pivot me more towards a Salesforce architect position. Yes, it went from a medium-size company with Torrent to definitely a smaller, this company Cloud Performer had around 20 people and it was more intense. After six months definitely realised that the architect path was not for me and that’s the way that the company went. 

I had to have a serious conversation with not only myself but also the manager and tell them where my thoughts were going. They were super supportive. I enjoyed the time there. I was also working as a consultant. I was helping the main architect and really shadowing. It was a great opportunity. I think that’s the most important part when it comes to Salesforce and just tech in general, I guess, life even. You don’t really know what you want until you do it. That was one of my experiences that I learned. 

After Cloud Performer, I stepped back from Salesforce. I knew I wanted to do Salesforce, but I knew I wanted to mix it with education as well. In September 2021 I left Cloud Performer after staying there for six months and I had decided to go full-time with my content creation for Salesforce. That’s when I started my YouTube channel which is called Salesforce with Megan, and essentially I help people that are new to the ecosystem. Essentially carry them throughout the journey and show them here’s study material that you can use, this is how specifically you use it so you can maximise your purchase. Here’s a career Salesforce transition journey story. Here’s how you can get portfolio ideas, resume ideas, LinkedIn branding, stuff like that so really it’s everywhere. 

I really enjoyed that. I took about four months, taking my time finding the next Salesforce position. That itself was very crucial for me. I had to make sure that I found a company that fit me in the long run. I build my brand essentially and really got out there and I believe because it was a mix of knowing how to utilise LinkedIn and also growing the brand that I had Slalom reach out to me, which is a terrific, terrific, terrific Salesforce consulting partner and I started there. Then before I even started at Slalom, I started creating these videos and I made a specific video about Focus on Force on how to use a platform. 

Martin Gessner the CEO of Focus on Force, we had got in contact, and we set up a time to meet. He offered a part-time contract job where I would be creating platform content on how to Focus on Force essentially, and it just grew from there. I had so much fun and then next Salesforce Ben contacted me to be an expert author where I create monthly posts for them on how to learn Salesforce. I’m also doing an upcoming webinar on resumes, that’s in the making soon. 

Lee: That’s good. 

Megan: It just went from there. 

Lee: Again, I’m going to rewind a bit if you don’t mind? 

Megan: Yes. 

Lee: I’m interested in what you said at the beginning of that about going down an architect route and then realising it’s not for you. Of course, the reason you are doing what you’re doing is because you don’t want others to go down a road they don’t want to go down, but in Salesforce that can easily happen. Especially I imagine that once you’ve got that first, two or three jobs under your belt, you’re starting to look like a consultant, maybe an architect, you’ve got hundreds of recruiters messaging you every day saying, oh, this opportunity or that opportunity. 

You sometimes can be like a kid in a sweet shop, not really knowing what you want. The next thing you know you are halfway up a ladder you really don’t want to be climbing. This sounds like a silly question, but how did you know that being an architect wasn’t for you? Because it’d be interesting to some people that maybe don’t even know the difference and hey, I’m probably included in this, the fine line between being a consultant and then being an architect. What makes that pathway different, and why is it right for you? 

Megan: That’s a great question. That’s a question that I had to ask myself too. I had really enjoyed working at Torrent. I loved being in front of the people, creating documentation, creating training videos, working on essentially integrations, and implementations. Then I think it also depends on the firm too; it’s something that I realise along the way. Even if they are a consulting firm, it doesn’t mean that essentially you’re going to be doing the same thing every time. 

It completely changed when I got to my next position and I wasn’t doing any of the things that I really enjoyed. I thought I was going to, but I wasn’t happy, essentially. I wasn’t fulfilled in my Salesforce job the way I was at my first position. That’s how I quickly realised that when I went that route of trying to become an architect, I wasn’t happy. I was actually unemployed after four months looking for a specific job and that helped me because of the two positions that I had within the two years. It helped me ask better questions when it came to interviews, like will I be doing training? Will I be doing this? What level of flow requirements do you need? 

That’s how I essentially realised it was that I was not happy and I know that you’re not always going to do things that you’re not happy with in your job. Essentially feeling that for a long time and with COVID going on, I had to say to myself, you got to step back, you got to figure out what’s right for you, and thankfully with Salesforce, you can do that. 

Lee: That’s where some career coaching can always come in handy, can’t it? Because you can just end up jumping from Salesforce job to Salesforce job, not ever knowing where you’re going. I think that’s a really good tip that you’ve just given, again, anyone listening that is thinking of looking around. Interviews are a two-way thing, aren’t they? It’s also well and good then find questions about what you can do with Salesforce, specifically, what am I going to be doing every day in this job? A lot of people jump from one job to another and then three months later they’re looking again because it’s not what they thought it was going to be. 

Megan: Exactly. 

Lee: Did you have a list of particular questions to ask about the role in the company?  

Megan: Oh, yes. I use a platform called Notion, it’s a workspace where you can just write out everything. You can go crazy with it, I love it. Over time I was doing all these interviews. There were a lot of them and I wasn’t tracking anything. I was very disorganised. I was not tracking the interviews, I didn’t know what stage I was in. Thankfully, we are in Salesforce so there is an opportunity to interview. I would take these calls, and I just wouldn’t remember what was going on; it was like I was on repeat, just looking for a job. I had to become intentional. 

What I did was that I did like a Kanban view of, these are the upcoming interviews that I have, this is the rating that I give the job, this is why I like the job and this is how I felt after the interview because it’s also very different. I might like a company one time, and then I interview with them, and then I might not like the vibe that I got from the team. I think that’s really important to watch as well. For people that are listening, don’t feel just because you get one interview that you’re not going to get another. 

Listen to your gut feeling. At the end of the day if you’re looking to stay with that position because you want to see how people are in the company too. These are essentially people that you’re spending 40 plus hours with weekly. That’s something that helped. I even made an entire YouTube video about questions that you should ask based on my experience when interviewing for Salesforce positions. 

Lee: Oh, lovely.  

Megan: One key one that stuck out was flow experience. That’s a tip for everybody listening, ask about the flow experience. 

Lee: As in you are asking them about flow experience or they’re asking you? 

Megan: It’s not that employers are not telling you things; it’s just you have to know what to ask sometimes. Like you said at the beginning, it’s a two-way thing. 

Lee: We interview all the time for people to work for us. Whenever we ask somebody do you have any questions for us and they say, no, that’s a little bit of the black mark anyway. You want to always be prepared with some good questions that show that you are really interested in the role. Let’s face it, if you are a Salesforce person then you are on the market, you are going to have multiple companies, multiple talent acquisition people speaking to you, multiple recruiters, and it’s probably a good idea to have some spreadsheet or Kanban, as you said, just to keep a track of it all, because you can forget, can’t you? Then you end up just going with the last one because that’s the one you remember. 

Megan: Yes, exactly. 

Lee: You got to where you wanted to be in terms of Salesforce and education. What timeline are we now? Obviously, you mentioned COVID; how long have you been in what you’re doing with Trailblazer Social, the Salesforce spend stuff, Focus on Force, Salesforce with Megan, and all the other things that I’ve probably forgotten. When did all that get started and what are they out there to help people with? 

Megan: I started my YouTube channel almost a year ago, and I’m coming off to a thousand subscribers. It’s definitely really rewarding to see all the work. In terms of Focus on Force, I started that in November, it’s almost been a year as well. For Salesforce Ben, it’s been six months. I started running a Discord channel and that started about February, and the Trailblazer Social started exactly one month ago. 

Lee: Oh, wow. 

Megan: Things are growing, I’m also in the work of a podcast with one of my moderators from the Discord channel. Slalom, it was a very heartwarming story because I was giving up towards my four-month mark of not finding a job. I was very, very, like, “Oh my gosh, nobody’s going to hire me. I don’t know what to do.” December rolled around, and Slalom presented themselves. The interview process was very, very, very enjoyable and I started working with them in January, with them it’s been six months now. 

Lee: Fantastic. Is that a full-time contract with them? Obviously, you’re busy with everything else, or is everything else you’re doing still outside of core hours so to speak? 

Megan: Yes, with Slalom, it’s full-time. I’m a full-time employee, and then everything else is part-time or all my own gigs. I’m also in the process of creating my own business as well towards resume and LinkedIn and then helping people come into the Salesforce ecosystem part of Salesforce With Megan, my YouTube channel. Everything else that I do is after hours or on weekends. 

Lee: That’s a credit to you. I think anyone listening that wants to get ahead in life it’s yes, you can sit and watch Netflix all night, but if you just get stuck into something you’re passionate about, it will happen. Do you feel like you’ve made it, or at the beginning of all the mountains you’re trying to climb? How does it feel at the moment? 

Megan: I feel like I’ve done a huge impact on the ecosystem, but I know that there’s so much more that can be done. I feel like this whole process has been a self-discovery journey. To have other people see that journey and comment like, “Oh, I’m so inspired by this,” that’s what I want to do at the end of the day; inspire people. Whether that be you’re learning Salesforce, you’re relearning how to learn. You’re finding a new path in your life. That’s kind of where I want to go. Six months ago, I would be like, “Yes, this is great.” I think this is just the beginning of everything. 

Lee: Cool. Well, before we get to the details of where to find you because it’s so many different places by the sounds of it, what would you say has been the most memorable moment then so far for you in this impressive, but I suppose reasonably short career in Salesforce so far? 

Megan: The community, always the community. That’s something that I didn’t leverage at first, and I wish I did because I think when you learn anything, especially during COVID, you can’t do it alone. You have to do it with people with you. If it wasn’t for the community and their support with the YouTube videos, with the Discord channel, with a podcast coming up, and all this stuff, I wouldn’t be creating content and doing the stuff that I was doing today. It definitely comes down to the community. 

Lee: Yes. In all tech spaces I’ve recruited, I think Salesforce has definitely got the best community. Despite the fact that it’s growing at a ridiculous rate, it’s still a pretty impressive ecosystem. Everyone’s so willing. If there’s one piece of advice for someone who is looking to maybe just start now in their Salesforce career, or perhaps they’re thinking of post COVID for whatever reason, the industry they were in that they don’t have any job at the moment., they’re looking to transition across, what would your advice be to someone just getting started? 

Megan: Take the leap. Don’t be scared. Don’t give up, but step away when you need to. Listen to your mental health at the end of the day. Leverage the community. You don’t have to have technical questions to ask people all the time. You can also just talk to them about, “I’m feeling stressed. I have two kids at home and I’m trying to learn, I don’t know when the best time is to learn.” Just leverage the community, talk to them about bad things too. Then when it comes to actually studying and moving into the field, just continue to make new friends; don’t disappear off of LinkedIn, just because you’re gone. There’s amazing things that are happening in the community. Like Lee just said, one of the best communities is the Salesforce, what we call Ohana, and just jump in, be a part of it. Don’t be scared. 

Lee: Is that what the Trailblazer Social is about? Obviously, you are in Texas, is that correct? 

Megan: Yes. 

Lee: Your social, what does that entail? Is it meeting up for dinner and having a chat about Salesforce stuff in Texas, or do you do anything further? 

Megan: Yes, that’s a great question. Both my Discord channel and the Trailblazer Social are completely global, so we have people in Japan, people in South Africa, Europe, Canada, Central America, South, so all over. Essentially what Trailblazer Social is, in particular, is that bimonthly every Saturday I essentially post like, “Hey, if you’re looking to connect with other people specifically in the Salesforce ecosystem go ahead and drop why you’re looking to connect, what you can help people with and what you’re doing currently and what you’re interested in.” That way people don’t feel that sometimes weird connection like, “I’m going to add a note, what do I say to this person?” At least you have something in common with that person already that you can just be like, “Hey, I found you, let’s connect.” It gives them kind of that step of building a community for themselves. 

Lee: It’s like an online Saturday afternoon kind of thing. Sounds good. 

Megan: Strictly on LinkedIn. Yes. Lots of fun on LinkedIn. 

Lee: Brilliant. Okay. Well, I guess we’ll ask you then for how people can find you, although you sound like you are very findable because of what you are doing. With all your content, where’s the best places for people to try and find you? 

Megan: Yes, absolutely. You can find me on LinkedIn under Megan Tuano. I have the little follow buttons in there. You can reach out to me directly, would love to meet people and help you. If you are interested in Salesforce, you can also check out my YouTube channel, which is called Salesforce With Megan. If you are interested in joining a community of other Salesforce professionals coming into Ohana or already in their process, that could help you a little bit. You have my Discord community as well. Then you can also be on the lookout for a future podcast and Twitter lives as well. 

Lee: I will get the links off you and I’ll put them in the comments obviously for the podcast when it gets out there. It’s been fantastic having you. In the three or four years you’ve been doing this, you’ve achieved so much already. I’d be quite interested to see what’s next. I don’t know if you’re interested. I know you just told me you came to London recently. We’re up in the Lake District, and we just started a Ramble Force, which I don’t know if that translates in America. It’s basically hiking but in the UK, you refer to hiking as rambling, I don’t know if that makes sense to you. 

Megan: Yes. 

Lee: Ramble is a bit like your Trailblazer Social, but it’s getting out into the Lake District, climbing some fells, nothing too strenuous whilst talking Salesforce. That’s it. If you ever do come over I’ll send you the details. Maybe, we can have a mash-up between Trailblazer Social and Ramble Force. That would be good. 

Megan: Absolutely. That sounds like a lot of fun. I can’t miss that one. 

Lee: Well, next time you come over, I know you want to go to Portugal and all these other great places, but you should try the North of England. You might need to wear something waterproof, but you’re into it. I really appreciate your time. Unless you had anything else, any other nuggets you wanted to share with us, we could always have a follow-up one day. 

Megan: Oh, absolutely. Lee, this was fantastic. For everybody that is listening, thank you. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. Again, Lee, thank you. This was so much fun. 

Lee: Thanks, Megan. We’ll get the details and we’ll share them on the podcast in case people couldn’t quite jot them down quick enough, we’ll get them out there and hopefully, we can follow your career with interest. 

Megan: Thank you. Bye. 

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