I still think that if you have such a tight schedule that a 30 minute window for a meeting is so much of a stretch then one of these two things is true.
- You are taking on too many things.
- You are a micromanager and/or you do not trust your subordinates to do the right things.
If the latter is true, I won't be able to help you. The main reason being, if you can't trust people that work for you, nothing I say in a blog will change that. I assume that if you are reading this blog however you are the former and want to find ways to improve yourself.
Being present during a meeting is respectful, whether that is with a friend at a coffee shop, or a training that you are forced to attend.
I find that you will get more out of it when you are fully present than when you are only there partially between comments or facebook posts.
The best trick I have found is that if at a dinner if everyone puts there phon in the middle of the table. Then the first person to look at their phone has to pay for the meal for everyone.
I hope these tips will assist you in becoming better. To your success.