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BH TIG Week: Let’s Meet Up! by Elizabeth Oyer

Elizabeth Oyer

Hello! I am Elizabeth Oyer, President of EvalSolutions, Inc. where I provide program evaluation and business consulting services. In 2021, I re-organized my business with a concerted effort around modernizing my networking strategies to expand my business. Since 2001, I have provided evaluation consulting and I wanted to translate my skills into new service lines for data science and operations.

With this goal in mind, I started convening a lot of 1:1 meetings with peers, business owners, and expanding my professional network extensively. I quickly realized that many of the people I was meeting did not use meeting polls or annoying back-and-forth emails to set meetings. Rather, they had “open calendars” that they shared as part of their signature files and/or shared immediately upon our introduction.

Rad Resources

In my experience, two resources seem to be pervasive in my network: AppointletTM and Calendly.

I chose to use AppointletTM as my resource. I have shared my AppointletTM link broadly with new contacts as well as existing clients. When someone needs to set an appointment, they don’t even need to contact me! They have my link and can set a meeting directly that gets added to my GoogleTM calendar with the information they provided based on the custom prompt I created. A GoogleMeetTM link is automatically added – these tools work across several platforms.

Demo of the Appointlet interface, depicting three appointment options: 15, 30, and 60 minute meetings.

Lessons Learned

I block time on my GoogleTM calendar so that I have sufficient “focus time” during the week. These times are just unavailable to book. I have also learned that sometimes the AppointletTM links go directly to spam for my users. When the appointment time comes, if it’s a first appointment, I recommend sending the GoogleMeetTM reminder and prompt them to reach out if they have technical difficulties. For folks who don’t see the calendar invite, this usually prevents a “No-Show” event.

Using AppointletTM has made my time much more accessible in a way that is controlled, affordable, and easy to use. I definitely don’t miss those 10-email exchanges to get us booked!

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