A wise man once told me: to be on time is to be late.
This is especially so in a business environment, where punctuality is absolute key!
Certain cultures are more flexible when it comes to punctuality but others can be extremely strict.
For British people, a two-minute delay can come across as being rude, so you really want to be careful there!
But understandably, every once in a while there are just delays that are unanticipated and completely out of your hand. When that happens, make sure to give a heads-up.
✔️ Something just cropped up at the last minute. I’ll be 10 minutes late.
✔️ I just got out of another meeting that lasted longer than expected. I’ll be with you in 10 minutes.
✔️ I’m running a little late but I should be there in 10 minutes.
And obviously, don’t forget to include an apology in your message! It’ll also be wise to do so again at the end of your meeting.
Hope that helps!
Daniel Smith - Tu coach inglés
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