While working on my Zero To Launch course work, I reached out to some friends and family members to try and find out what I’m good at.
Here’s the form I sent out:
Some folks asked for help making their own Google Form, so here it is.
All you need is a Gmail account, so that you can access Google Drive (formerly Docs).
1. Log in to Google Drive
From your Gmail account you access Drive in a couple of clicks. Click on the dots near the top right corner and then select ‘Drive’
2. Create a new form
Once you’re inside your Google Drive, click on the ‘Create’ button and then select Form
3. Give your form a name and select your template
The templates aren’t great, but at least it’s not all plain black and white
4. Open up your form to the public (for Google Apps users)
If you’re a Google Apps user, you’ll have the option to keep this form private to users of your domain. Since we want the whole world to be able to submit a response, uncheck this option.
5. Add your questions
This is the obvious part. Just ask people what you want to know. On my form I included some examples as well. Try and keep these as short and direct as possible to elicit honest answers.Google offers you a couple of different question types, ranging from simple text to multiple choice and even dates.
6. Set up Responses in a spreadsheet
After you’ve sent out your form, Google Forms will begin collecting the responses you receive. You’ll be asked to choose how you’d like to store these responses. (Note: You can make this choice at any time while editing your form by clicking the Choose response destination button in the toolbar.)
7. Create a shortlink (optional)
Google Drive links are long and ugly by default, so I use Goo.gl and bit.ly to make the link a little friendlier to share via email and IM<