The length of time you should wait is no different for family or friends than it is for your boss or a professor. After 30 minutes, you are good to go with no apology.
There are people who are habitually late. They are being rude and disrespectful of other people’s time.
Sometimes the unavoidable happens. For instance recently I got trapped in my garage. Tropical Storm Collin had hit during the night. The electricity went out. I couldn’t get my garage door up so I was stuck and going to be late for a meeting. Of course, I had my cell phone in hand and was able to contact the person I was to meet.
To avoid keeping someone waiting and wondering, I suggest that you always exchange cell phone numbers with the person in case the unexpected occurs. And make sure your phone is sufficiently charged.
I also suggest that you contact the other person the day or the morning before you are to meet to confirm the time and the place.
Things do happen, but we can minimize the impact with a Plan B. It’s just good manners. You can learn more about good manners with my book Manners That Sell.
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