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

Let your friend express feelings

Refrain from dominating a conversation; but get your friend into the conversation by asking caring questions.

Explain things in real terms

Theory and big ideas confuse your friend. Explain things in concrete and specific terms. Demonstrate if possible.

Give specific instructions

When you give instructions, avoid giving the big picture strategy and expecting your friend to figure out the details. Give specific instructions like to-dos or actionable steps.

Be positive and light-hearted

Your friend works best in a positive, warm and light-hearted atmosphere. Adopt a friendly and energetic tone when engaging your friend.

Give options

Your friend does not like to feel tied down or committed to anything he/she doesn’t want. Give your friend options and the freedom to choose.