Every once and a while a new web based tool comes along which not only solves a need, but in a fantastic and unobtrusive manner. Doodle is that kind ot tool. Let me level set the scenario for you ...
How many times have you experienced this situation?
- You need to set a meeting date with many people from outside your organization (work or private life). Given everyone is not on the same computer calendar system, doing a busy search to find an open date is not possible.
- One unlucky person reaches out to everyone via email or phone and says ... when are you available?
- This same person hopes everyone gets back in touch, and then must integrate all the feedback into an acceptable meeting date.
I never want to be the meeting coordinator. However, while planning a test of Google Hangout with a number of colleagues from other large corporations, one peer suggested using Doodle. I decided why not, let's give the service a try ...
Doodle allows you to create possible meeting scenarios and quiz everyone online at to their availability. Your co-meeting participants give their feedback, which everyone can see. Finally, the meeting host picks the date which works for the most people.
Finally, Doodle is free, and does not even require an account to test and try the service. You will need to give your email address if you want to be sent links which allow you admin rights for your meeting. In short, in one test I've become a Doodle believer.
Here are a few screenshots from Doodle. I personally think it's worth creating an account, but it is not necessary. Click upon any image to view at full size.
And the other two tabs ...
(image comment: Doodle actually allows for more than three date options!)