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    On Monday I am part of a 1.5 hour conference panel presentation. There are 6 people on the panel (all my coworkers). I am the first speaker and will be giving about a 20 minute presentation. After that I will be "facilitating" the transition from one speaker to the next. I should be able to "hold it" for 1.5 hours if I don't get nervous and don't trigger a flare. I would prefer not to leave the panel as that would look a bit "odd". However, I might need to. Does anyone have any suggestions for how I could leave the panel discretely to use the washroom without having people raise their eyebrows?


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    If you have a pager or cell phone, you could pretend it's a vibrator instead of ring tone; reach into a pocket and look at the pager or phone, then quietly leave for a few minutes. Nobody will think anything of it. Sometimes a little deception can save the day --- and just having a plan in place just might keep you calm enough for the whole session without a break.

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      Thanks for the suggestion Donna. Yes, having a plan in place will make me feel better I am sure. I was also thinking of asking people to take a couple of minutes to stretch (since it's a long presentation and then run to the washroom), but I don't want people to leave the room and not come back to hear the second half of the presentation).