Using Calendly for networking
Calendly makes it easy to balance networking with the rest of your workload, so you're forging connections while still making progress on what matters. A few best practices to get started:
- When inviting someone to schedule, use a short email template that helps them understand how Calendly is a win for them:
"Let's skip the back and forth, and connect at the time that best fits your schedule: calendly.com/mylink (replace this with your actual link)."
- Specify a meeting's location so your invitee knows right away where to meet. If you'll connect online, add your web conference details to the calendar invite automatically when a meeting is scheduled.
- Prevent meetings from consuming your life: designate certain weekdays or times of day for lunches and coffee chats, then turn the rest of your availability "off." This keeps your "off" days interruption-free for maximum productivity.
- Your time is valuable. By making your event types secret (hiding them from your main Calendly page), you choose who can schedule a 15-minute phone call, or who gets a 60-minute in-person meeting.
- Set a minimum scheduling notice to prevent people from scheduling surprise meetings.
- Add buffers before and after events to account for driving time, meetings running long, and to give yourself time to prepare/regroup.