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

Give your friend time to consider your proposals

Don’t expect immediate answers from your friend but give your friend time to think and reflect on what you say, especially if you want a quality response.

Listen patiently

Your friend probably has a harder articulating their thoughts at times. Give your friend time to find the words and listen patiently for the answer. 

Don’t discount their intuition

Sometimes your friend will come to conclusions quickly without being able to properly justify it. Don’t dismiss it – but consider it serious as your friend’s intuition is often proven correct more often than not.

Don’t let debates go overboard

Sometimes in a bid to find the best answer, your debates with your friend can get overboard. Don’t take things personally and be aware of how it is affecting everyone else. 

Don’t let your opinions hinder progress

In the same vein, don’t let your opposing opinions hinder progress. Find a better 3rd solution quickly that incorporates both insights so you can move forward.