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problems with scheduled meetings


I keep having issues with clients joining the meeting I've scheduled for them. I send them the invite link via email, but when they go to join the meeting it will say "host is in another meeting" and they can't join. Any insight as to why this is happening?




Ways to fix this issues-


1. Negotiating the Time and Date
By far the biggest problem is working with your other participants to choose a date and time that works for everyone. You can recommend a day, but find out Johnny’s out that day. Or you can recommend a time, then get a flurry of confused emails asking you what time zone that time is meant to be for.

The typical approach to scheduling meetings is to use trial and error, making repeated suggestions for a meeting time until one is finally settled on. However, this wastes significant time and may not leave you with the optimal choice. Instead, it’s better to use a calendar app like Calendly, which allows you to select your availability, then display it for others to select their own meeting times.


2. Finding the Right Participants
Next, you may have trouble pinpointing and recruiting the right participants for your meeting. Each new person you add is going to spend the length of the meeting participating, which can quickly escalate the man-hour costs of the meeting if you invite others indiscriminately.

On the other hand, if you invite too few people, you may miss out on some important perspectives and ideas. There’s no clear decision-making rubric for success here. Instead, focus on the absolute necessities for participation, and only invite others if you predict the meeting will become substantially better with their participation.


3. Choosing the Right Length
The go-to length for a meeting is usually an hour, but there’s evidence to suggest that long meetings only take more time because more time is allotted for them. If you condense a would-be hour-long meeting down to 15 minutes, you’ll likely see the same breadth of topics covered, in a similar amount of depth. However, you’ll cut out significant filler, delays, and other interruptions.

When setting the meeting time, always choose less than you think you’ll need. Choosing more may artificially inflate the meeting length, wasting time.


4. Establishing a Location
How busy is your office? Do you need to book conference rooms in advance? Do you even have an office to host the meeting in?

Scheduling a time for a location is another challenge, but you can improve it by blocking out regular chunks of time, or scheduling meetings to be short enough so that they can be done without a formally designated space.

You might even consider doing “walking meetings” for small groups of people, especially internally.

5. Guaranteeing Attendance
You might have to reschedule a meeting if not everyone can attend—but how can you guarantee attendance?

Obviously, you can’t, but you can encourage more accurate RSVPs and higher follow-throughs on commitments by giving your attendants more reminders and opportunities to update their responses. For example, you can use Google Calendar to prompt your meeting attendants that the meeting is coming up. This will give them a chance to change their RSVP if necessary.


This may help you,

Rachel Gomez