Do you use to justify your delay, even though no one asked you to?
And what justification you use to placate the irritation of people who are waiting for you?
What saves you from the embarrassment?
Of course, the rush of resuming the outstanding meeting because of your delay; you get back to work and move on.
The question I would like to answer is this:
The intent is to convey a message that sounds something like this:
What are our chances of achieving the goal with such a message?
Few, definitely, even when it comes to people who are usually on time to justify themselves.
What to do then?
Experience suggests apologizing for the delay, as good manners also dictate, but to
I know, managing anxiety is tough, but it will help you avoid situations like the one in the cartoon…
Don’t you think?
PS: In the unlucky case that someone asks you to explain your delay, I would suggest you avoid “imaginative” justifications…