This year, I’ve been using youcanbook.me. One of the things I like best about the service, which I pay for, is the ways in which you can customize and personalize it. It automates part of your life — the back and forth involved in scheduling meetings — but the automation can increase the humanity of the tail end of the exchange if it is used properly.
Q6 above is one that I wrote and added myself. It appears after a person has nearly completed booking a meeting with me. I like the fact that it forces the person to focus on a clear outcome for the meeting. I also like the fact that it helps me to prepare, in advance of the meeting, to best serve the person with whom I will meet. A thoughtful answer to the question helps the person calling the meeting and the person called to the meeting; it provides a little nudge to help us both make the most of our face-to-face time together.
Here’s an answer I received in advance of a meeting I’m having tomorrow.
The assignment was completely unexpected, but its specificity has inspired me to pull a few books off my shelf and look up a few resources. When the meeting starts, we’ll be five steps ahead — ready to dive into things that truly matter to this particular person.