Try to make sure that all your verbal communication is concise and to the point. Don’t just yak and beat around the bush about what you want to say. People simply don’t have time to make small talk right now. There is too much going on. While you might want to chitchat, it probably isn’t going to be possible right now. Take a cue from the busy folks around you and keep it short! You might consider sending e-mails instead.