November at a Glance — Nook Calendar

We're excited to update our network on the features we've brought to Nook Calendar over the last month!
Chadwick Carlson
Announcements
November 10, 2021
3 minute read

Another month, another feature update post for Nook. 

If you haven’t already noticed them, we’re super excited to tell you about the updates we’ve made to Nook Calendar over the past month. Lots has happened and there’s lots more to come. As always, please feel free to reach out to us anytime with questions, feedback or feature requests — we’re building Nook Calendar for you and love hearing your ideas.

November’s enhancements to Nook Calendar include:

  • Schedule meetings in a flash with quick meetings
  • Stay in the loop with location awareness
  • Ability to connect multiple accounts and multiple calendars

Quick Meetings

Time-blocking, scheduling a one-on-one or a quick team sync-up shouldn’t take 10 steps. So we’ve reduced it to one. We’ve made it super simple and fast to schedule those meetings with the people who matter most. This can be done directly from the calendar grid by leveraging the people bar. Pick your time, pick your people and boom, you’re all set. 

Location Awareness

Ever wonder where the person you’re booking a meeting with is working that day? Realized as you join that meeting that everyone is in the office except for you? You really shouldn’t be left wondering.

We can help. We’ve added location awareness to the people bar. As you’re creating your meetings it’ll be clear to see where people will be in advance. No more missed opportunities for some IRL time together.

Haven't been able to try Nook yet? Download our app for free today.

Multi-Account and Multi-Calendar

You can now use multiple calendars in tandem — whether that’s Microsoft, Google or both. One account with ten calendars? Ten accounts with one calendar each? Bring it on, we’ve got you covered. 

We know everybody manages their time differently — often in different calendars across different services. For example, I have one calendar for work and one for my personal life. Now I can see them both at the same time, directly in Nook Calendar. In November, we added the ability to quickly and easily add all of your calendars to Nook. Flex work means our professional and personal lives are more intertwined than ever. So, we hope this update prevents you from double booking or struggling to balance multiple calendars.

Screenshot of Nook Calendar's multi-account and multi-calendar feature

Coming Up Next

  • Zoom integration
  • Calendar following

We hope you’re as excited as we are. Catch you next month!

Whether you’re a sales superstar, in-demand consultant, busy recruiter, or someone who simply needs to schedule a lot of meetings, one thing’s for sure—you’ve probably booked a lot of them over the past two years.

Hybrid work has forced the majority of our meetings online, and while we appreciate being able to wear sweatpants during normal work hours, the time-consuming ballet that is sharing your availability, finding a time to meet, and adding it to your calendar isn’t quite as enjoyable. 

Speaking with everyone from solopreneurs to seasoned professionals, it seems like a lot of people find meeting scheduling software either costly, impersonal, or just plain boring. And Calendly and other alternatives don’t always cut it.

We hear you. 

Everyone is different, and so is how they work. Making good first impressions is important, and you shouldn’t have to pay a premium for them or basic customizations and integrations with your meeting booking system.

Nook Calendar’s meeting proposal feature is already used by tons of high-performing teams for selecting and proposing meeting times outside of their organization. 

Now, we’re making things even easier by letting you build personal pages with shareable calendar-booking links, right in Nook Calendar. Add them to your LinkedIn profile, email signature, website, or messages when finding a time to meet.

We think it’s the best meeting scheduling software out there, and we’re excited for you to give it a try, so let’s get started.

Here’s How to Set Up a Personal Booking Page in Nook Calendar

First off, if you’re new to Nook Calendar—hello! (If you’re already a Nook user, you can skip ahead.)

You’re going to start by syncing your calendar—either from Google Calendar or Microsoft Outlook—and entering your work email address.

Once you approve any necessary permissions, you’ll set up your People Bar. Search for any connections and add the people you interact with the most when scheduling meetings.

From there, you can add any additional calendars you want to see (add your personal one, if you like, to further prevent any overlaps when scheduling meetings), integrate with Zoom (so you can launch calls straight from your calendar), and choose your preferred display setting—select Match OS, Light Mode, or Dark Mode.

Launch Nook Calendar, and you’re ready to set up your online meeting scheduler.

Now, the fun begins

You’re going to start by claiming your unique URL for sharing your meeting availability page. 

Your first name appears by default, but really, it can be anything. We recommend using your full name (e.g., /john-smith).

(You can always change your URL in the future, as long as it’s still available.)

From there, you want to complete your profile. 

Your profile pic is automatically pulled in from your Microsoft or GCal account.

But you can add your name, job title, welcome message, and links to social media profiles or professional website, so guests know a bit more about you when booking a meeting. 

Then, you can start setting your weekly availability.

Nook Calendar defaults to traditional time blocks—9–12 a.m. and 1–5 p.m. These are the hours someone can book a meeting from your personal page. Adjust them based on your availability. 

Your timezone is automatically set to your local time, but you can change it if you primarily work with people in a different timezone and it’s better to visualize that when setting your availability.

Choose which calendar you want to accept meetings in—it can only be booked in one, but Nook Calendar will automatically reference your availability in other calendars you’ve synced to prevent double-bookings when someone schedules a meeting.

Now, it’s time to set up some paramaters. 

You can set up your preferred meeting duration in either 15, 30, 45-minute or one-hour increments (or a custom time).

You can also add buffer time to give yourself a break between meetings, or set a lead time of up to 24 hours, so no one can book any last-minute meetings.

And you’re all set! You can preview what the page will look like, then share it with contacts or add it to your LinkedIn profile (we suggest adding it as a secondary URL), email signature, and anywhere else you do business.

Once someone books time in your calendar, you’ll receive an email and get a notification in the Pulse.

If you ever need to make any changes, you can access your personal meeting page in the bottom of the Magic Panel and make any adjustments—either to your weekly availability or personal information.

You can also remove your availability by simply creating events in Nook Calendar and marking them as Busy to block off time and prevent any bookings.

Nook Calendar’s new personal pages for sharing meeting availability are available on Web, iOS, and Android. 
If you have any questions or thoughts, we’d love to hear them. Hit us up in our Slack Community or contact us through Support.  
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