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Attending Meetings

Promptness

It’s always bad manners to arrive late for a meeting—any meeting. In fact, you should plan to arrive a little early! If you are unavoidably detained, call and tell your host how soon you’ll arrive. If this is impossible, apologize when you arrive and hope for the best.

How long should you wait for someone when you have an appointment? Ten minutes is too long to keep someone waiting, but sometimes people do get involved in other business and forget they have visitors in the lobby. So, after about 10 minutes, check with the receptionist or secretary. If you need to leave, write a message on your business card and leave it for the person: “Sorry. Had to get to another appointment. I’ll call you this afternoon and see if we can reschedule.”



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