It is always easy to get distracted with all of the things that are going on in the media, various events in our life and basically everything else. One of the keys to achieving success in whatever that you do is to be present. Wherever you are, whatever you do, make an effort to be present at that moment. Yes, it is hard when you’ve got other pressing things in your mind. If that is the case, or if you find yourself in a situation that you simply cannot focus your attention on the person or event at hand, then do everyone the honour and yourself too, by politely excusing yourself. Not being present, in this case, mentally, could cause you more harm than good. Yes, you do need to show up but it defeats the purpose of doing so when you are mentally and emotionally not there. Your communication and quality of work will indefinitely be affected when that happens. So do yourself a favour and do your best to be present in the moment, or else, excuse yourself.