Ever been in a meeting and a couple folks bring their laptops? Then they spend the entire meeting typing away and half listening to what's going on? I don't get this.
First, it is definitely not quiet. Second, what good is half listening? Half good in my eyes.
Nothing says "I'm really much busier than all of you and being in this 30-minute meeting is a cramp to my style" then bringing a laptop, phone, ipad and doing something else while you should be listening.
Be here. Now.
Not half here. Not half digesting what is said. Not half participating. Half contributing. Half everything.
Physical presence is one thing. Intellectual presence is another. When you attend a meeting, participate. And to fully participate you must be paying attention. Replying back to emails can wait. Seriously, I wonder who the heck is that important that their emails must be returned right that second.
Not to mention, it is rude.
When you are somewhere with someone, be there now. Physically, mentally, emotionally. Half there is half good.