Schedule Meetings More Easily With Doodle

Doodle

Doodle lets you schedule meetings with people more easily.

We all know the hassle of composing an email, jumping back and forth between your calendar several times to find a few open slots, and suggesting your best times to someone else—then getting a reply that none of the dates work for them—then starting the process all over…

Doodle cuts down on all that back-and-forth, wasted time. You start by filling out a short form with the name of your event, the location and your name and email address. Click a bunch of dates you would like to meet and the proposed times for each day. Then you can create either a basic poll or one with a few more options, such as whether respondents can pick more than one option, and whether all responses are confidential. Finally, you send the poll using your own email address or through a free Doodle account. After everyone on the list indicates their availability, the best date “wins” and your meeting is set.

Doodle

To make it even easier as the meeting organizer, you can connect your calendar (Outlook 2007 and 2010 on Windows; Google Calendar; Apple iCal and a few others). There is a mobile version and an iPhone app.

Finally, you get a personal MeetMe page you can direct people to when they want to request a meeting with you (here’s mine).

Cost: Free and premium accounts (pricing not available on their website)

Brandon Uttley is a seasoned web marketing and public relations professional with three decades of experience.

Currently, he is CEO of Go For Launch, which provides marketing strategy and communications support to companies ranging from startups to established entities.

Prior to his current roles, Uttley cofounded and was CEO of Command Partners, a digital marketing agency. He also confounded and was president of carbonhouse, inc., a nationally recognized web design firm.

Uttley also served as director of public relations at Luquire George Andrews for five years, and an account manager at Epley Associates/Public Relations for three years. Brandon was the 2009 president of the Charlotte chapter of Public Relations Society of America, and he is an accredited member of PRSA National.

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