I am a heavy calendar person, I live and die by my calendar which is on Google Calendar, but syncs to all my various devices including Apple Watch. I am always very careful and detailed when I make up calendar invites to ensure that both the person(s) I am inviting and I know what the meeting is about.
This week, I see several calendar invites sent to me by other people and they are titles “Chat,” “Barry Schwartz,” “Meeting,” “Phone Call,” “RustyBrick,” etc. These naming conventions are horrible.
At a glance, I have no idea what the meetings are about. “Chat” with who? About what? Why does it say my name on the calendar, yea – it might be helpful to the person who sent it to me, but who am I meeting with. Same with putting my company name as the meeting title, how does that help me?
When I name meetings, I try to use both company names and the subject of the meeting. So Client Name & My Company Name : Subject of Meeting. So for example, I had a meeting with Xero, the QuickBooks alternative and I titled it Xero + ShulCloud. It was about how to potentially integrate Xero into our ShulCloud product.
So this is my plea – please use descriptive, short and helpful meeting titles not just for yourself but for those you invite to the meeting. I hate clicking through to read more details about the meeting, when I just want to see a glance at my day.