Here’s how you can connect with your friend better.

Don’t compete to talk

Give each other equal airtime, and refrain from cutting in or interrupting your friend. Ask your friend genuine questions to invite him/her to speak.

Keep things simple

Don’t talk about big ideas or theories with your friend. Instead, keep it simple, plain and dealing with real issues.

Give actionable steps

Break down the big picture or the vision into actionable steps or a to-do list.

Be sensitive about your friend’s feelings

While your friend enjoys being the butt of jokes, be aware of his/her feelings. Sometimes you may unintentionally say 1-2 things that offend your friend unknowingly.

Give freedom

Your friend wants freedom of choice. Don’t tie your friend down to any commitments or schedules as your friend is likely to change it.