Podcast #77 Telling People to Wait or Saying You’re Late

Published in the category Communicating, General Practice

Just a second.

Just a minute.

I’ll be with you in a couple of minutes.

I’ll be with you in a second.

Just give me a couple of minutes.

I just need a couple of minutes.

Can you give me just a couple of minutes?

I need just a moment.

I’ll be with you in just a moment.

I’ll be with you momentarily.

If you could wait just a moment.

I need just a moment to finish up what I’m doing.

It looks like we’re running late.

I’m afraid we’re running behind schedule.

We’re not going to be able to make the schedule.

We’re not going to be able to meet the schedule.

The project is running behind plan.

We have to move the completion date back.

We have to revise the schedule.

We’re going to have to redo the schedule.

We have to adjust the schedule.

We have to make some adjustments to the schedule.

I’m afraid I’m running late.

I’m not going to be able to make the schedule.

At this point I’m behind schedule.

I’m sorry but the schedule got away from me.

I didn’t budget enough time.

The work was more complicated than I thought.

I underestimated the amount of time needed.

I underestimated the staffing needs.

I’m running a half hour late.

Is 2:30 okay?

Will 2:30 work for you?

I may be as much as an hour late.

I’m terribly sorry but I have to cancel.

I’m stuck in traffic but should be there by three.

I’ll call again in a half-hour to confirm the time.

Is that okay, or do you want to re-schedule?

I’m very sorry about this.

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