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

Give them time to share.

Both of you are opinionated. Remember to give time for your friend to share and also request for uninterrupted time to talk.

Allow a different perspective

Your pragmatic opinion is likely going to be different from your friend’s values-based point of view. Consider differences in perspective and seek out better solutions.

Be affirming and positive

Your directness and criticism of others may appear offensive or insensitive to your friend. Adopt an affirming and positive way of saying something.

Give them clear conclusions

Your tendency to leave things open without conclusion gets on your friend’s nerves. Make a decision and follow through.

Support your friend’s vision

Your friend likely has a big vision he/she hopes to see fulfilled. Learn about this vision and find ways you can support your friend.