If you are stuck in a meeting and start to panic, how can you excuse yourself without embarrassment?

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Last Updated: 12/10/2019 at 4:00am
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Top Rated Answers
beautifulSunshine99
May 19th, 2015 7:01am
Say you need to use the washroom, excuse yourself, go to the bathroom and take nice deep breathes until you relax
Anonymous
March 1st, 2015 8:57pm
Say,im very sorry may i be excused for an urgent emergency it cant wait they dont have to know the real reason
sparklesatnight
July 27th, 2015 4:52am
You can excuse yourself and say that you have to go to the bathroom. The bathroom is a good place to calm down and It's a private place.
Bigheart4all
November 2nd, 2015 11:43pm
At the best possible time if there is any break in people talking, and as SOON as possible, kindly ask whoever is in charge of the meeting to excuse yourself that you need to get some fresh air.
shiningDay13
March 18th, 2015 7:26am
If this is a common occurrence, you'll want to sit closer to the door. This is a general rule if you need to leave early, are expecting an important phone call, or if you know you'll need to use the bathroom often. You don't want to call attention to yourself when you do need to leave the room, so without a word, just get up from your seat and swiftly go out the door.
JustLikeaDream
May 20th, 2015 3:42am
You don't have to explain what you're going through. Tell them you're not feeling wellm, in a calm matter, and excuse yourself. Go to somewhere you can be yourself and (over)react properly until you calm down.
everythingistemporary850
August 17th, 2015 1:27am
Depending on the situation, the first thing I do is try to calm down internally. Sometimes it's possible - by focusing on my breathing, trying to tune out the speaker, and focusing on one object (like a pen or a window), and counting down from 20. If I really need to excuse myself, it will depend on the situation. There is nothing wrong with excusing yourself to use the washroom, if all else fails. But sometimes you can say you need to take a call, send an email, or grab a snack. If the situation is very hard to leave, and you absolutely must go, you can take a deep breath, apologize for the interruption, and simply slip out of the meeting. The biggest thing to remember, though, is that many people in that room may have faced a similar circumstance. We are all human, and you are allowed to have human emotions (even when they don't come at opportune moments).
Anonymous
November 27th, 2015 1:34am
You can either excuse yourself and say something has come up, or pretend to get a call or text and use that as an excuse - 'it's an emergency' or 'it's urgent'
Anonymous
September 6th, 2016 3:49pm
You could alway pull the old 'Need to go to the bathroom' trick. Has worked for me in the past......
HappyAndReady
December 13th, 2016 11:00pm
I will find a reason to get myself outside of the meeting for a legitimate reason, such as to go to the toilet, or to get some water. I would ideally get some water and then try and breathe, and then allow myself the time to relax before going back in to the meeting room.
Eyes
December 10th, 2019 4:00am
This is a tricky one as most interviewers already know what they want when they start the hiring process. Panic is a relative term however, if you are nervous mid interview and you have to excuse yourself. Honesty wouldn't hurt as it shows that you are willing to be honest and explain your deficiencies. Which is a great feature to have. If you're looking for generic escapes however, Anxiety, Bathroom, Emergency text from a friend etc. Although anything to excuse yourself from an interview puts the spotlight on you and depending on how you handle spotlights could potentially embarrass you. If I were in that situation, I would have to be honest and tell them how important the job was to me, explaining how I am anxious. I personally couldn't think of a better/Less embarrassing way as lying would only make it worse for myself personally.