If you ever ask me to book a meeting with you… I’ll do one thing.
Send you a link to my calendar.
That’s the biggest productivity hack I can teach you.
These days, I don’t have to worry about booking meetings, confirming meetings, or holding off to have meetings at hours where I truly just don’t want to have a meeting.
I simply tell clients to click on a link where they get access to my personal calendar, and they can choose the date and time that works best for them.
That’s what I want to teach you today.
Because remember, there is more to life than just running your business.
You have the freedom as a business owner to control your own schedule.
What Are They?
A booking calendar is an online solution that sets up your schedule and allows clients and business partners to book meetings directly on your calendar.
Let’s go over some of the things you may find easier to do just because you use a booking calendar.
#1: Booking calendars allow you to control your schedule
The first one and probably the most important benefit…
Is being able to control your own schedule.
You know those weeks where you say you’ll block off specific times for meetings and other times for you to do your work…
… and then other times where you block off time for yourself?
We try to stick to those schedules…
… but then you have a client or a prospect say, are you free Monday at 2 pm.
You look at your calendar, and you realize, sure, you “could” be free…
… you only blocked off that time for yourself.
So you say, sure I’ll be free.
Then that day and time come around, and you are truly regretting saying yes because you really wanted that time for yourself…
Booking calendars, avoid that altogether.
Instead of letting your clients or prospects control your schedule, you can say, here’s my calendar…
… it has my availability.
What works for you based on these times and dates?
Trust me; it will help you stay true to the hours you want to work within your business.
It’s been a game-changer for me.
#2 Booking calendars save time and resources
Another key benefit, in my opinion, is that you stop wasting so much time going back and forward with people.
Send them a link, let them see when you are free, and they will schedule a time that works best for them too. No more trading potential dates and times back and forth through email!
#3 Booking calendars reduce the rate of no-shows in meetings
When people can choose the date and time that works best for their schedule…
… they’ve booked that meeting intentionally. So they are more likely to show up!
And also, with bookings calendars, there are always reminder emails going out to those people who book appointments.
The systems will automatically remind people of their meetings a day before, an hour earlier, or whatever settings you tell it to…
But it will also send them the link to reschedule if they need to…
… or even send a follow-up if they don’t happen to show.
That way, all you need to do is show up to the meeting and do what you love to do.
#4 Booking calendars eliminate errors
With booking calendars, if you put in your schedule that you are going to the spa…
The calendar will automatically block that time slot off for you.
That way you don’t have to worry about double booking.
Those little mistakes happen, and honestly, they directly impact how people see you as a professional.
With booking calendars, they just simply don’t happen.
These are just a few of the amazing benefits of using booking calendars in your business.
There is more to discuss, and I want to tell you about my favourite booking calendar system, so head on over to this week’s video for all the goods!