MEETINGS, EVEN THOSE that are well planned, are vulnerable to distractions. A variety of time-wasting things can and do take place during meetings. Prevention is clearly best, but you may have to deal (and so does the chair) with everything from tea and coffee being noisily delivered, to people being handed, or leaving to collect or deal with, messages—“Sorry, but I just must attend to this one”—and the ubiquitous cellphone. So, what to do?
In all cases the best rule is to act so as not to allow the distraction to spoil things.
• So you should acknowledge ...
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