Start getting more direct with your communication and you’ll start getting the answers you need from people a lot more quickly. Stop playing phone tag, stop using text messages as your primary way to converse with friends, and forget using e-mail to ask anyone anything. Voicemail, text messages, and e-mail can all be ignored or put off. But when you face someone, they have to give you an answer! Step up and ask people what you need to know in person.