Introducing Bloks Briefs

Get briefed like a CEO before every meeting and throughout your workday with Bloks Briefs. Join the beta, and you could win an Apple Watch Series 9 (details below).
Chadwick Carlson
October 2, 2023
2 minute read

We’re thrilled to finally show you a groundbreaking feature we developed over the summer—Bloks Briefs! 🌟

Imagine entering every interaction with invaluable insights: comprehensive background info on the people you’re meeting, succinct summaries of past discussions, news on companies and topics of interest, and more—all delivered in a visually appealing, easily digestible format.

Bloks Briefs will transform the way you build relationships. It marks a significant stride in our evolution to become more than a meeting and productivity assistant but an AI-powered personal CRM that works on your behalf, just like a chief of staff 🫡

🚀 Be Among the First to Experience Bloks Briefs!

We’re rolling out Bloks Briefs to a select group of users in the coming weeks. 

Eager to get your hands on it? Here’s your golden ticket:

1. Share what you love about Bloks on X (formerly Twitter) or LinkedIn

2. Don’t forget to tag Bloks to make sure you’re in the running.

🎁 Win an Apple Watch Series 9!

As a token of our appreciation, one lucky beta tester will win a sleek Apple Watch Series 9

Plus, we’ll spotlight your testimonial on our revamped website, giving you and your insights the visibility they deserve.

We can’t wait for you to experience the game-changing power of Bloks Briefs and hear what you think.

Contest Rules and Terms and Conditions

No purchase necessary. The contest is open to participants from October 2nd, 2023, at 10:00 AM ET until October 10th, 2023, at 12:01 AM ET. Participants must be at least 18 years of age or older. One entry per person. An entry is considered a testimonial posted to X or LinkedIn that mentions Bloks. One entry will be selected at random to win the prize.

The Contest prize shall consist of an aluminum 41mm or 45mm (depending on the wrist size of the winner) Apple Watch Series 9 with GPS connectivity and a rubber or textile band with a sport or solo loop approximately valued at $620.37–665.57 CAD. The odds of winning the grand prize are dependent on the total number of entries received.

Posting testimonials to social media multiple times does not increase the odds of winning. The grand prize has no cash value and is non-transferable.

Contest closes October 10th, 2023 at 12:01 AM ET. The winner will be drawn at 12:00 PM on October 10th, 2023. The winner will be contacted via e-mail for prize confirmation and must respond within 48 hours, otherwise, the prize will be forfeited. Once confirmed, the winner will be announced on X and LinkedIn. The contest is in no way sponsored by X or LinkedIn. The prize will be shipped within 2–6 weeks.

Whether you’re a sales superstar, in-demand consultant, busy recruiter, or someone who simply needs to schedule a lot of meetings, one thing’s for sure—you’ve probably booked a lot of them over the past two years.

Hybrid work has forced the majority of our meetings online, and while we appreciate being able to wear sweatpants during normal work hours, the time-consuming ballet that is sharing your availability, finding a time to meet, and adding it to your calendar isn’t quite as enjoyable. 

Speaking with everyone from solopreneurs to seasoned professionals, it seems like a lot of people find meeting scheduling software either costly, impersonal, or just plain boring. And Calendly and other alternatives don’t always cut it.

We hear you. 

Everyone is different, and so is how they work. Making good first impressions is important, and you shouldn’t have to pay a premium for them or basic customizations and integrations with your meeting booking system.

Nook Calendar’s meeting proposal feature is already used by tons of high-performing teams for selecting and proposing meeting times outside of their organization. 

Now, we’re making things even easier by letting you build personal pages with shareable calendar-booking links, right in Nook Calendar. Add them to your LinkedIn profile, email signature, website, or messages when finding a time to meet.

We think it’s the best meeting scheduling software out there, and we’re excited for you to give it a try, so let’s get started.

Here’s How to Set Up a Personal Booking Page in Nook Calendar

First off, if you’re new to Nook Calendar—hello! (If you’re already a Nook user, you can skip ahead.)

You’re going to start by syncing your calendar—either from Google Calendar or Microsoft Outlook—and entering your work email address.

Once you approve any necessary permissions, you’ll set up your People Bar. Search for any connections and add the people you interact with the most when scheduling meetings.

From there, you can add any additional calendars you want to see (add your personal one, if you like, to further prevent any overlaps when scheduling meetings), integrate with Zoom (so you can launch calls straight from your calendar), and choose your preferred display setting—select Match OS, Light Mode, or Dark Mode.

Launch Nook Calendar, and you’re ready to set up your online meeting scheduler.

Now, the fun begins

You’re going to start by claiming your unique URL for sharing your meeting availability page. 

Your first name appears by default, but really, it can be anything. We recommend using your full name (e.g., /john-smith).

(You can always change your URL in the future, as long as it’s still available.)

From there, you want to complete your profile. 

Your profile pic is automatically pulled in from your Microsoft or GCal account.

But you can add your name, job title, welcome message, and links to social media profiles or professional website, so guests know a bit more about you when booking a meeting. 

Then, you can start setting your weekly availability.

Nook Calendar defaults to traditional time blocks—9–12 a.m. and 1–5 p.m. These are the hours someone can book a meeting from your personal page. Adjust them based on your availability. 

Your timezone is automatically set to your local time, but you can change it if you primarily work with people in a different timezone and it’s better to visualize that when setting your availability.

Choose which calendar you want to accept meetings in—it can only be booked in one, but Nook Calendar will automatically reference your availability in other calendars you’ve synced to prevent double-bookings when someone schedules a meeting.

Now, it’s time to set up some paramaters. 

You can set up your preferred meeting duration in either 15, 30, 45-minute or one-hour increments (or a custom time).

You can also add buffer time to give yourself a break between meetings, or set a lead time of up to 24 hours, so no one can book any last-minute meetings.

And you’re all set! You can preview what the page will look like, then share it with contacts or add it to your LinkedIn profile (we suggest adding it as a secondary URL), email signature, and anywhere else you do business.

Once someone books time in your calendar, you’ll receive an email and get a notification in the Pulse.

If you ever need to make any changes, you can access your personal meeting page in the bottom of the Magic Panel and make any adjustments—either to your weekly availability or personal information.

You can also remove your availability by simply creating events in Nook Calendar and marking them as Busy to block off time and prevent any bookings.

Nook Calendar’s new personal pages for sharing meeting availability are available on Web, iOS, and Android. 
If you have any questions or thoughts, we’d love to hear them. Hit us up in our Slack Community or contact us through Support.