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By Steven G. Mehta
Previously, I discussed a tool that takes the difficulty out of scheduling dates for a mediation. That tool was the free computer program whichdateworks.com. Well, like anything in this competitive world, there is another program that helps you with scheduling. That program is When is Good.
Both When is Good and Whichdateworks are good programs. When is good allows for an additional feature of scheduling down to a 15 minute increment. For mediation, this can be very helpful. I usually book ½ days or full days starting at 9 or 2. When is Good allows me to identify just the dates that work for me and then send them to my clients. Whereas, Whichdateworks only allows you to schedule a whole day at a time. Both interfaces are quite easy to understand and pick up. One may seem easier to you depending on your taste.
Whenisgood also allows you to access the information in a few minutes and send out your schedule.
Another nice feature of When is Good is its ability to personalize messages that you will send to your invitees. In your email, you can give explicit instructions if you wish and make reference to the name of the mediation.
Both programs allow you to identify which participants can make which dates. The following is a demonstration of the results page that identifies the final date.
Unfortunately, unlike whichdateworks, When is Good does not have an automatic way of notifying all the parties of the final date and time. However, this can be handled by an additional email by your office.
Either way, When Is Good and Which Date Works both make your life immensely easier.
By Steven G. Mehta
Have you ever wondered how you can coordinate the schedules of 4 busy attorneys, one busy mediator, and their respective clients and get one date in common?. Well there are several ways. One is to spend hours making calls to all the parties by telephone and getting their dates of availabilities, then compiling a matrix to find out the date is right, then contacting everyone to confirm that the date, and hopefully not repeating and rinsing again because one person’s date now changed. Or on the other hand, you can spend five minutes entering your dates into a calendar scheduling program called “WhichDateWorks” and then sending one email and waiting to get the results.
Whichdateworks is a simple to use, easy interface that allows anyone to quickly and efficiently identify which dates work for multiple parties without wasting all the time going back and forth over dates.
WhichDateWorks is simple. You create an event, enter the dates you are available, input the email addresses of the people you need to schedule with and send it out. You can limit the dates to any specific timeframe such as the next two weeks or the next three days. There is no subscription needed. The people you send the email to simply follow the link in their email and select the date that works best.
WhichDateWorks takes less than five minutes to schedule your dates, and send the email. One limitation, however, is if you don’t want to book a date, but specific hours. WhichDateWorks only works for the entire day, and not for portions of the day.
As a mediator, this program is invaluable. This program helps to eliminate the biggest concern regarding scheduling of mediations: agreeing on the right date. You can pick your available dates, publish them to the parties, and then wait for the email identifying the exact dates that work best. It’s as simple as that.