Mean what you say. Avoid figurative language. Be very literal with your words during important discussions, particularly if you`re talking to children or people who could miss your cultural references. Even as you focus on transmitting, make sure that you`re receiving accurately, too. Conversational signals are no less important than the road signs that let you drive safely. Don`t be afraid to ask for directions if you need a better way to get where you`re going. The right source of information is important, too. Excessive questioning could make the wrong person nervous, bringing consequences that you`d prefer to avoid.