A simple idea that makes meetings better – shut the laptop down with a bit of force.
No, don’t just half close it or shut it gently. While you’re at it, consider making a statement – you are here and you are going to be 100% engaged. And, being engaged is going to be worth it.
Of course, the statement is both to the attendees around you and to yourself.
And, if most of the meetings you are in aren’t the kind where you feel comfortable making that commitment, it may be time to reassess your calendar.