I hate to play the devil’s advocate but we’ve all been there haven’t we?
There are just some talks not worth attending and we are in a socially awkward position to either just sit there and suffer with our peers and risk being seen as a jerk for getting up and leaving.
Here’s my 30-second solution. PRETEND TO FEIGN SICKNESS AND A STUFFY NOSE.
Bring a tissue with you.
Start coughing and pretending to sneeze.
Then gather your stuff and walk out the room.