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Find Your Optimal International Meeting Time Using "Time and Dates"

Find Your Optimal International Meeting Time Using "Time and Dates"
From Lifehack - November 3, 2017

Our world is more interconnected now than in any period in history. This article, can be read by anyone in the world at the same time (assuming they are connected to the internet). I have friends on the other side of the planet who I can message, and the messages can be received instantly. People in business meeting can communicate with partners w ho are thousands of miles away. When things work well, they can be great. Borders and huge distances become meaningless, and communication is easy.Our world is more interconnected now than in any period in history. This article, can be read by anyone in the world at the same time (assuming they are connected to the internet). I have friends on the other side of the planet who I can message, and the messages can be received instantly. People in business meeting can communicate with partners w ho are thousands of miles away. When things work well, they can be great. Borders and huge distances become meaningless, and communication is easy.

Time is the ultimate invisible border

However, this is not always the case. Though we can get in touch with people instantly, it is another thing entirely for them to be there. This is simply due to time zones. What might be mid afternoon for me, can be very early in the morning, or late at night for others.

I have a friend who recently had a Skype job interview with people in a different country, to do it, he had to stay up until 1am.
Often we dont consider the affects of time zones, so organizing a meeting at time best for everyone can be extremely difficult.

What we need is a system to organize meetings that is designed around time zones. Something that helps you work out a timoe that suits everyone, no matter where they are in the world.
I used to do this manually with a calculator and pen, but this proved to be complicated and hugely ineffective.
Then I learned a smarter way, I learned to use the site Time and Date and its fantastic meeting planner tool.

With the help from the meeting planner, you dont have to worry about finding the best meeting time

The tool works by helping you find the perfect time to communicate between two or more locations and timezones. For example: Lets say I am in New York and want to have skype meeting with someone in London.
All I need to do is select the cities (or any others I want), the timezones are pre-loaded according to the destination.
Check out the picture below for more info.

The tool will help you pairing up the meeting time

After Ive chosen the cities/time zones, all I need to do is click show timetable and this will immediately take me to a list of different times, showing both my time in New York, and their related times in London.
Whats even better, is that it color codes each hour according to usual sleeping hours, traditional working hours, and day time weekend hours. This helps me choose the ideal time.

For example: Look at the photo above. I want to have the meeting on Sunday. The person I want to speak to is free in the morning
or early afternoon. However from 9am to 11am their time is too early for me as Im four hours behind.
However with this tool, I can look at the time zones, and see immediately that 8am is 12pm their time, and this suits us both.

Bonus Feature: Announce Your Event Time Worldwide

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