Good lists are fun and helpful and I have a great little book called Lists To Live By, The Third Collection.
One of the lists gives six things you need to do so that people will listen when you speak.
1. Be clear.
2. Be Concise
3. Be Considerate
4. Be Consistent
5. Be Comfortable
6. Be Credible
A good list to think about as you communicate with others. At the root of all six is the focus on the other person. Are you interested in them and truly communicating?