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Say Goodbye to Scheduling Hassles: The Doodle Poll Guide

Are you tired of the endless back-and-forth when trying to schedule a meeting? The process can be time-consuming and tedious, especially when you have a large group of participants. But fear not, because Doodle is...

Are you tired of the endless back-and-forth when trying to schedule a meeting? The process can be time-consuming and tedious, especially when you have a large group of participants. But fear not, because Doodle is here to save the day!

Doodle is a powerful meeting tool that simplifies the process of finding a time that works for everyone in your group. With Doodle, you can easily create a meeting poll, send it to your participants, and let them vote for the times that suit them best. No more long email threads or frustrating coordination efforts!

In this article, we'll provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to use Doodle effectively. From creating a poll to scheduling a meeting, we've got you covered. So let's dive in and discover how Doodle can make your life so much easier!

Create a Poll

The first step in using Doodle is setting up a poll. Don't worry, it's a breeze! Here's what you need to do:

  1. Click the "Create a Doodle" button on the home page.

Create a Doodle Poll

  1. On Step 1 of 4, enter the event's title, optional location, and any handy notes for the meeting.

Create a Doodle Poll

  1. On Step 2 of 4, select the time options for the poll using the calendar. You can easily add, move, or delete time options. Stick to the calendar view for a smoother experience.

Create a Doodle Poll

  1. On Step 3 of 4, customize your poll settings, such as hiding participant names or setting a deadline (available for paying customers).

Create a Doodle Poll

  1. On Step 4 of 4, enter your name and email, and you're ready to go!

Create a Doodle Poll

Now that you've created your poll, it's time to share it with your participants. Copy the Doodle link or send it via email. Sit back and relax, as Doodle will notify you when someone responds to your poll.

Respond to a Poll

As a meeting invitee, responding to a poll is a breeze. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Open the Doodle link shared by the poll creator.

  2. Enter your name and select the available time options that work for you. You can view other participants' responses for better coordination.

Respond to a Doodle Poll

That's it! With a few simple clicks, you've made your availability known. No registration required!

Edit a Poll

As the poll creator, you have the power to edit your poll if needed. Just follow these steps:

  1. Open your Doodle link.

  2. Click the "Edit" button at the top of the page.

Edit a Doodle Poll

  1. Make the necessary changes, but be aware that removing time options with existing votes will result in their deletion.

Schedule a Meeting

Once all participants have responded to the poll, it's time to choose the final meeting time. Here's how:

  1. Open your Doodle link.

  2. Click the "Choose final option" button at the top of the page.

Edit a Doodle Poll

  1. Select the most voted time option or choose a different one by clicking the stars in the yellow row. Click "Done" to confirm your selection.

Edit a Doodle Poll

Now you can share the poll results with your participants via email or the Doodle link. It's time to get your meeting scheduled!

Create an Account (Optional)

Although not mandatory, creating a Doodle account offers some additional benefits. You can sync your calendar, edit your poll, or even edit other participants' responses. Here's how to create an account:

  1. Click "Log in" on the homepage.

Create a Doodle Account

  1. Click the "Sign up" link.

Create a Doodle Account

  1. Choose between the standard email-password combination or sign up with your Google, Microsoft, or Facebook account.

Create a Doodle Account

That's it! With an account, you'll have access to more features and enhanced convenience.

FAQs

What is a Doodle link?

A Doodle link is a URL that directs participants to a Doodle webpage where they can vote on preferred meeting times. Share the link via email, SMS, or any other communication channel to invite people to vote on your poll.

Does Doodle handle time zone conversion?

Absolutely! Doodle automatically adjusts time options based on participants' locations. This ensures that everyone sees the same options in their respective time zones.

How do I delete a Doodle poll?

To delete a Doodle poll, open your Doodle link, click the "More" menu at the top of the page, and select "Delete." Confirm the deletion, and your poll will be gone.

Does Doodle support 1-on-1 meetings?

Yes, Doodle has a 1:1 feature that allows people to book meetings directly on your calendar. However, consider trying out Calendly for a more robust experience.

Can I use Doodle on WhatsApp?

Certainly! You can share a Doodle poll on WhatsApp just like you would on any other communication channel. Copy the link from your poll page, paste it into WhatsApp, and send it as a message.

Is Doodle Poll still free?

Yes, Doodle offers free usage, but some limitations apply. The free version includes banner ads and lacks certain features like calendar sync and email address collection. Consider upgrading to a premium plan for a more seamless experience.

What can I use instead of Doodle?

While Doodle is a reliable option for premium users, there are free alternatives available. Among them, I highly recommend checking out Zcal, a modern tool with comprehensive scheduling features.

Now that you're armed with the knowledge of using Doodle effectively, bid farewell to scheduling headaches and embrace a more streamlined meeting coordination process. Give Doodle a try, and experience the difference it makes in your organizing efforts!

Images courtesy of Doodle Poll

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