1. Be direct in answering questions. First answer. Then elaborate, not the reverse, which is increasingly common. Don't give qualifiers and background before answering. That's underbrush he must wade through. You may seem to be going off on a tangent rather than responding to him or, worse yet, being evasive.
2. Focus on what she is saying right now. Avoid trying to anticipate what she is going to say. You may miss what she actually means.