I just love to entertain and plan a great party. What I don’t love is finding a date that works for everyone. Usually someone picks a few dates that might work and then the e-mails start flying! Back and forth, the replies are sent until a date is finally picked. It can take a week to finally find a date that works for everyone.
I think I’ve finally found a solution!
Doodle is the perfect online (FREE) program that allows you to poll guests to see which day and time works best for everyone. It is such a time saver! Doodle is available on the Web (www.Doodle.com) on your Android phone, iPhone and iPad!
Simply Click on “Schedule an Event” to start:
Next you choose a title for your event and fill in the location and a description:
CHOOSE YOUR DATE AND TIME:
In the next step you choose your dates:
Now Choose 3 time options for your event.
CUSTOMIZE YOUR POLL:
Now you are ready to choose the settings for your poll:
If you would like more options for your poll you can add special Settings. You can change the settings so attendees can choose “yes”, “no” or “if need be” which is a great way to give people a “second choice” option. You can also limit participants to choosing only one option, as well as making the results private so only the coordinator (you) can see the answers. If you are planning an event that has limited seating (like for sessions at a conference or meeting) you can allow only a limited number of participants per option.
You can simply click “next” for a basic poll (most are basic, so if you’re not sure just click ‘next’.
SEND IT OUT:
Now you’re ready to send this event out!
You have several options to send out your poll. You can request a link to the poll page and add it to your own personal e-mail or you can use the Doodle system to send an e-mail invite for you. I personally prefer to send the e-mail myself so I usually choose the first option.
BONUS FEATURE, MEET ME PAGE:
Another great feature Doodle offers are “Meet Me” Pages:
These pages are perfect if you schedule lots of phone meetings, in person meetings, lunch meetings etc. I often schedule conference calls with clients and I also have monthly coffee meetings with a local client. This Meet Me page is going to be a huge time saver for me! All I had to do was connect Doodle with my “Meetings” calendar on my personal Google Calendar. Then I went into my Google Calendar and put in blocks of “Busy” time each week. Doodle automatically links to my google calendar and only shows my available times. I can easily send my clients a link to my Meet Me page and they can choose a meeting time that works best for them! So simple! Below is how the page will look to your clients:
THE ‘SOLO’ PLAN INCLUDES:
* Efficiency features
* Mobile support
* Calendar connect
* Unlimited transactions
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