What is Doodle?
Doodle in Action
- Schedule an Event
- Propose Times
- Choose Settings
- Invite Participants
Each step of the way there are options to make the whole process easier for you and the people you’re trying to meet with.
1. Schedule an Event
- Easy Directions: The location automatically links to Google Maps, making getting directions a breeze.
- Your Own Doodle Account: Although you are free to use the site without creating an account, signing in makes checking up on your scheduling polls a lot easier (especially if you have several out at a time).
2. Propose Times
- Time-Zone Support: If you’re scheduling an online event, such as a Twitter chat or a video conference, you can enable time-zone support to keep participants across the country or across the world on the same page.
3. Choose Settings
- Yes-No-Ifneedbe Poll: In a basic poll, the people you invite can only respond “Yes” or “No.” This option adds a third possible response, “If need be,” to give you more detailed information on participants’ availability and flexibility.
- Hidden Poll: Perhaps you are looking to schedule times to meet with donors. This option allows you to keep each donor’s schedule and availability confidential from the other donors.
- Limit Number of Participants per Option: For example, setting the group limit to ten people per time slot would be handy if you are looking to conduct feedback meetings with past volunteers. Once a timeslot has ten names, it will stop being shown as an option.
- Participant Can Only Choose One Option: This option coupled with limiting the number of participants per option turns the poll into a registration sheet, allowing each participant to sign up for a timeslot on a first-come-first-served basis.
4. Invite Participants
- Import Contacts: Link your Doodle account to your email account to easily import the email addresses of the participants you’re interested in inviting.
- Load Your Calendar: If you do open a Doodle account, you can sync your Google, Outlook, or iCal calendar to Doodle. This lets you avoid switching between calendars, making it easier to respond quickly to scheduling requests.
- Comments: There is even a comment section at the bottom of the poll where participants can note dates that they would prefer over others or ask questions about the event.
- Different Viewing Options: The image shown above is the table view, which allows your participants to see which dates and times are popular. There’s also an option to look at the schedule on a calendar view, shown below. The calendar view is helpful if you have loaded your own calendar to Doodle for comparison.
This is a guest post by Michelle Lindblom, a former Communications Associate at Wired Impact. Michelle has just finished her B.A. in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology and English Literature at Washington University in St. Louis and she's looking forward to a career of combining the powers of language with an understanding of the mind.
Read the original post on Wired Impact's blog: http://wiredimpact.com/blog/doodle-easy-online-scheduling/