You’re not the only one to have been tricked by time zones. We receive multiple calls everyday from people who have either been told the wrong time, or were confused themselves.
It’s understandable, considering that there are nine time zones that span the United States and its territories. They include: Eastern, Central, Mountain, Pacific, Alaska, Hawaii-Aleutian, Samoa, Wake Island, and Guam. Of course, you don’t need to worry about all of them.
Featured in this picture are the most popular time zones. Click on the image to enlarge and then print a copy for future reference. Each color grid represents an hour. Notice that Arizona (AZ) and Indianapolis (IN) alternate time zones depending on the time of year.
If you don’t think you need a time zone chart to reference, here is a test:
If you made a call on the fourth of July from Arizon at 2:00PM, what time would it be in New York?
Did you need to reference the above chart to find out the answer? If so, you should print this up for future reference! The answer is 5:00 PM New York (EST)
So the next time you’re planning a multi time zone conference call, send an email reminder. And if you host weekly meetings, be sure to plan them on the same day at the same time to prevent confusion.