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

Respect each other’s airtime

Both of you have a lot to say, so it is important you respect each other’s airtime. Listen patiently without interjecting, but also request for your friend to give uninterrupted speaking time. 

Agree to disagree

You might often disagree. Instead of letting the disagreement halt progress, agree to disagree and find another way to move forward.

Give the gist of the matter

Get to the gist immediately. Talk about the details only if asked by your friend. 

Don’t take it personally

Your friend is going to be straightforward and blunt when stating an opinion. Don’t take it personally – it’s often nothing personal.

Recognize their pragmatism

Focus on how a proposal is effective and efficient to achieve its objectives. Your friend is more receptive to pragmatic ideas.