I will often doodle during meetings… not so much “taking notes” as just jotting down important phrases or concepts from the discussion. Sometimes a diagram, that sort of thing. This is just one of the reasons why when I redesigned my business cards, I went to to a 3×5 format with the reverse side set up for drawing, doodling, or note-taking. Seth Godin explains some of the finer points of the why and how this is a good idea.
Good description of types and tips on meetings for those wanting to avoid spending so much time submerged in them. My own tip: decline any meeting which does not have an agenda beforehand. Why isn’t that so much more obvious than it is?
Execupundit.com has a great list of things that should be said in more meetings. There’s a few in here that were painfully absent from some meetings I’ve been in.