|Dear Meeting Guru,
Often, I find myself in meetings that I really
don't need to be in. What is the most graceful way excusing myself
from a meeting already in progress?
If it's obvious that your presence is not required, wait for a gap in the conversation
and politely excuse yourself. A simple "Excuse me, I don't think you need
me for this discussion, so I'm just going to head back to work" should
suffice. Believe it or not, there are meeting groupies who attend every meeting
on the calendar just for a change of scenery. Asserting your desire to get back
to work will likely be viewed as real dedication to the job.
If you find yourself stuck in a meeting with the CEO, you may not want to excuse
yourself, even if the meeting is wasting your time. In this situation, the best
thing to do is pull out a notebook and start doing some work. Make sure you
glance up from time to time so it looks like you're taking notes. This strategy
not only helps your productivity, but will also earn you points for being a
diligent meeting attendee!
Most of us attend far too many
meetings as it is. If you can politely excuse yourself from a meeting that you
don't need to be in, do it. As the wise philosopher Confucius once said, "To
throw oneself into strange teachings is quite dangerous."
don't waste your time and energy attending meetings that aren't relevant to
you. You'll only end up being distracted
from your real work.
Until next time
may good meeting karma always be with you.