Tell them an engaging story ... it's the best way to get their attention.
My father is a professional storyteller, and that is the environment in which I was brought up. As a child I dabbled in cartooning, puppetry, drama, and filmmaking, as well as writing. I've studied mythology and the ways story informs our values and ideals. As an actor and dramatist, I love getting inside other people's heads and learning what makes us all act the way we do.
Generally I work during the day and write in the evenings. I am realistic with my deadlines and hold myself firmly to them. My preferred means of communication is email. I also Skype when necessary. I don't have a cellphone so telephone communication will be limited and infrequent.