Being concise is extremely important today, because it will help you get to the heart of the matter without wasting anyone's time (including you own). So instead of going on and on when you're asking for something, cut to the chase. Just ask for what you want. If you deserve something, you will get it. And if you don't, you won't. If it's 'no,' it's not the answer you want to hear, but at least you will know faster -- and can move on to bigger and better things sooner.