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Plan your attendance. Ask the meeting facilitator for an agenda so that you can determine what will be covered. Also ask whether your presence is necessary. You may find that you’re only needed for a 15-minute discussion, saving you from sitting through another hour or two. If the meeting is off site and inconvenient, investigate whether you can call in on the speaker phone or submit written information that attendees can hash out. Finally, tell the meeting facilitator that you absolutely must leave by a certain time.