The mere presence of a smartphone on the table can make you want to reach across when you see a notification; even that little LED light can be a distraction. For better meeting etiquette and to be more productive, clear the table of all gadgets.
Cleveland recommends what she calls “topless meetings.” She isn’t talking about taking your shirt off, to be sure, but rather keeping all devices off the table to avoid distraction. “It … does wonders for removing the temptation to squeeze in a text or email when our attention should be on the meeting,” she says. “It’s similar to grade school: If you don’t want to share what you’re doing with the rest of the class, then don’t bring it.”
“Let’s have a topless meeting,” might not be the smartest words to come out of your mouth, but you should still read some of the other advice in the full article linked below.