…hen ask. Tell them why you’re asking. Speculation and mind-reading just get us into deeper trouble. If I don’t know where I stand with someone, and I can’t figure out via the indirect “polite” way, I’ll just dive to the core. I do this with friends, coworkers, and editors. This approach can confuse people, only because it doesn’t happen very often.
…hile you try to deliver information. You can rant about the decline of the American attention span. In truth, we’ve always tuned each other out. So you can plan for that, and be prepared to say things two or three times. People will appreciate your patience.