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April 26, 2012 11:00 AM

What to Say When You're Late for a Meeting

First, acknowledge how important your colleagues' time is, then apologize for the inconvenience you've caused them, says Katia Beauchamp, cofounder of Birchbox. Then reassure them that you'll make the most of the time you've got left. "Say, 'Even though we have only 10 minutes, I'll make it an effective 10 minutes," she adds.