I’d like to challenge you to listen as intensely as you speak up. In other words, we are naturally driven to make sure we are heard, I’d like you to put in that much effort in understanding someone else’s point.
Figuring out a way to suspend my logic and try to make a case for how someone wants me to do something helps me understand their objectives and why they have them. This, coupled with not trying to sell someone on my initial thoughts, help me get up to speed with someone very quickly. The better I understand the other person, the easier it is for me to be the one person who gets it!
Practice this often and watch your effectiveness multiply.