Sometimes you need to be direct.
Example: Recently I needed my son to do something. I said (okay, I yelled into another room), “Hey, when you get a second, would you mind moving these boxes out of the hall?”
He yelled back, “What?”
I yelled, “BOXES!”
He moved the boxes.
Two lessons: 1) go to where the person you’re talking to is, and 2) don’t muddle up the request with too many words. Cut to the chase.
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