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

Give your friend space to share opinion

Don’t give your ideas or opinion too quickly. Instead, ask your friend for ideas and thoughts, listen patiently before offering your own.

Balance your strategy with specifics

Don’t just talk about the big picture strategy but bring it down to specifics like to-dos and actionable steps.

Be affirming and encouraging

It’s not just what you’re saying, but how you are saying it too. Adopt an affirming and encouraging tone when engaging with your friend.

Give time to adjust

If you require a change from your friend, give him/her time and space to make adjustments.

Show them a track record

Your friend trusts a tried-and-tested method more than an idea based on logic. Show track records and past successes to convince your friend.