Let's say you're in a meeting with your colleagues, manager/boss and some 3rd party people (or people from another team/department) - important here because it's not only your personal image/reputation at stake here. And just to spice this up even further, let's say it's a video call, making "silently sneaking out" slightly more difficult, as this meeting is already in progress.
- You feel a strong urge to use the restroom NOW
- Your mom/dad calls you, and you know they don't call you at work for nothing
- Teacher of your kid calls you
- Or whatever situation that makes you think you have a good reason to leave the meeting immediately
Now you have decided that you must leave this meeting to deal with this emergency. Heck, you might even be the person currently speaking, but you want to get out, NOW.
But how to do so gracefully, to minimise the disruption and not let other people think you are disrespectful?