A person I work with never gives a short answer to a question. They waste time going on and on about it and I can’t remember most of what they say.
Queenie, how do I get them to keep it short?—Sorry I asked
When you ask them anything, also ask them to keep the answer brief because if they don’t you will not be able to remember a lot of what they say. Or, you can ask them to put the answer in writing. That way either they will be motivated to give a short answer or you will have their long answer in writing to refer to when you forget any of it.