Meetings can be a time drain, especially ones that you don't really need to attend but you show up because you can't seem to say "no" to them. Here are three legitimate excuses you can use the next time you want to skip out on a superfluous meeting.
Let's face it; when you work in an organisation, a lot of meetings are scheduled but not all of them may be directly relevant to you. Sometimes it's okay to refuse to go to a meeting provided that you have a good reason.
Career advice website The Muse provided three reasonable excuses for not attending a meeting:
- When you're too busy: Be honest and say, “Unfortunately, I’m devoting every moment I have to [some task] due in two days. Please keep me posted if there’s any way I can be of help later this week.”
- When you don't think you're needed for the meeting: “Thanks so much for including me. From the agenda, it appears the meeting will be focused on product, so I don’t think I’ll be able to add anything to the discussion.”
- When you're trying to cut down on meetings to improve productivity: “I’m trying to set a limit of [either a time-frame spent or a specific number] of meetings per day to boost my productivity.”
You can read more about the three legitimate excuses for avoiding extra meetings over at The Muse.
Daniel Zhang, CEO of the multi-billion-dollar online marketplace company Alibaba, thinks meetings are "among the worst formats for sharing information".