Two bits that are worth taking in.
The first is asking about someone's intention. When you don't know them well, and you're both sitting down to discuss something, what a pointed way to center things.
The second is around attention:
OWN’s turnaround might have something to do with a concept that Winfrey considers one of her big productivity secrets: being "fully present." "I have learned that your full-on attention for any activity you choose to experience comes with a level of intensity and truth," she says. "It’s about living a present life, moment to moment—not worrying about what’s going to happen at 3 o’clock and what’s going to happen at 7 o’clock." In other words: focus. "That whole thing about multitasking? That’s a joke for me. When I try to do that, I don’t do anything well."
Great creative and media briefs are only possible when they have your full attention. Shut down the feeds, turn off the email and climb into them.