An awkward conversation doesn’t have to stay awkward as long as you cut to the chase and say what’s on your mind as quickly as possible. This isn’t the time to beat around the bush, play games, or be coy about what you want. You could test someone’s patience to the breaking point. Save everyone time by being direct and up front about things. They’ll appreciate it, which will increase the chances that they’ll want to help you out as much as they can.