Every week we read about people who were killed because they were multitasking. What makes you think you’re paying attention in meetings? More and more we find ourselves in front of a roomful of people who are buried in their laptops or Blackberries. We know they’re multi-tasking even as they assure us they’re paying attention. But remember back to elementary school when you were reading a comic book under the desk and the teacher called on you to answer a question? The simple truth is, you’re NEVER multitasking. You’re either doing one task or the other. If you can’t stay focused on the meeting, don’t attend it.