If you want people to clearly communicate with you, start practicing it yourself. Sound intimidating? Not if you start with sports.
Here’s an example of being direct: Did you watch the Seahawks pre-season game Saturday?
It’s clear and direct. You know exactly what you’re being asked and what your response will be.
Direct and clear does not mean rude. It might mean you need to practice in low stress situations like small talk. This list of sports conversation starters can help with those interactions.