How to schedule meetings across different time zones on Mac

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The wonder that is the internet has made it possible to work with anyone from anywhere in the world. If you’re a freelancer or a business without a dependence on locality, this is great — it means you can be based in the US and work with clients in the UK or Australia in exactly the same way you would if they were based in the same city.

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Until you need to have a meeting, that is. If you’re in Los Angeles and your client is in London, you can’t just hop in the car and meet face-to-face. No, you have to do these things over FaceTime or phone and schedule them in advance at a time that’s suitable for both parties.

We’re going to show you two ways to schedule a global meeting; firstly with the help of your Mac’s Calendar, and then with the meeting planner app, World Clock Pro.

Schedule a global meeting with the Mac Calendar app

By default, the Calendar app on your Mac is linked to your current time zone. However, it’s possible to change the time zone so that any new events that you schedule are saved in that time zone. For example, if you’re in L.A. operating on Pacific Time (PST) you can switch the Calendar time zone to London time (GMT) to schedule a meeting and revert back to PST time without losing the GMT time zone setting for the event.

Switching the time zone is easy:

  1. Go to Calendar > Preferences and click on Advanced
  2. Click the checkbox next to Turn on time zone support
  3. A pop-up menu will now appear next to the search field in the Calendar from which you can choose the time zone that you need. If the time zone you want doesn’t appear in the list, you can find it by selecting Other.

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With time zone support switched on you’ll be able to set the time zone for specific events. Do this by double-clicking on an event (or creating a new event), selecting the date, and choosing a time zone from the pop-up menu.

To make sure that the event isn’t moved when you’re viewing the Calendar in a different time zone, choose Floating when editing an event.

The Calendar app is useful for arranging meetings in one different time zone, but things can get a bit confusing and convoluted if you need to work across several time zones. Say, for example, your meeting with a client in London needed to include a member of the team based in New York and another in Paris. Using the Calendar app would mean creating several different events.

If you’re a serial meeting scheduler, the more robust option of World Clock Pro is a much better solution.

Schedule a meeting between multiple time zones with World Clock Pro

World Clock Pro is a powerhouse time zone converter and meeting organizer that seamlessly integrates with your calendar.

Here’s how to use it to schedule meetings, group activities, webinars, calls, or anything else that involves people attending something at the same time, in seconds:

  1. Open World Clock Pro and click on the + button to enter the names of the cities or time zones that you want to add
  2. Click on the map and drag the shadow across to select a suitable time. Notice how the time changes for each location as the shadow moves.
  3. Click on Add Event to create a calendar event
  4. Name the event and add the necessary tag (Work, Home, Family, or Events). Set an alert to remind you of the meeting, then click Add. The meeting will then be added to your calendar.

Here’s how it’s done again, this time in video form.

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