You’re Invited: Join Nook Calendar’s Slack Community 💛

Our users form the foundation of the entire Nook Calendar experience. Learn how you can help further innovate our calendar software and free meeting scheduler.
Kathryn Leslie
Announcements
May 9, 2022
3 minute read

At Nook Calendar, our mission is clear: we want to help busy professionals and high-performing teams direct their energy and attention toward what matters most each day.

Our goal has never been to simply build a nicer-looking calendar app or create a free scheduling tool that works like every other calendar for scheduling meetings. We want to revolutionize the industry by creating a tool that provides clarity throughout your day, wherever you and your team are located.

But we can’t do it alone.

Since our inception, Nook Calendar’s users have been the driving force behind all that we do—without you, we would never have accomplished the long list of innovations we’ve made so far, nor created a reliable roadmap for our future.

New Users: Download Nook Calendar for iOS and Android or through the Zoom App Marketplace 

So far, all of your feedback shared over email and through our Support page has helped us further refine Nook Calendar and make it what it is today.

As we continue to ramp up and scale Nook Calendar over the year ahead, we want to hear DIRECTLY from you, which is why…

You Are Cordially Invited to Join Nook Calendar’s Slack Community 

It’s called Nook Crew 💛

As a member of our “Crew,” you’ll get direct access to the Nook Calendar team to Submit Feature Requests and Report a Problem—we want to know what you love, what you hate, what’s not working, and what we could improve upon, so we can make Nook Calendar better, together. (We can’t overstate how important this is to us—we take all your feedback seriously and reply to every message.)

You’ll also learn about our latest company and product Announcements and get first access to our growing catalog of Resources, which includes insights on the best time to go into the office, buyer’s guides, the ideal meeting size (hint: it’s so obvious it’ll make you feel stupid), a breakdown of the recent Calendly debacle, and more.

We also have a Good News channel, where we plan to post positive stories to brighten up your day and share anything hilarious we come across, like this:

Credit: theycantalkcomics

Click here to sign up. 

See you on Slack! 💛

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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