From the wonderful article, Sketchnote a more awesome you, from sketchnote artist, Lucy Spence:
The funny thing is there’s one simple thing you can do to improve the situation. Communicate visually.
Whilst it’s not a silver bullet to vanquish all evil miscommunication, using visual explanations can dramatically help. Sight is our primary sense for interacting with the world around us, so it makes sense to use that as a primary form of communication. More often than not, if we do, we get a unified understanding of what’s being thought about much more quickly than we would without.
The tricky part is most of us aren’t very good at communicating visually. So start practicing.
It's a great read. Go read the whole thing. :-)