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

Let your friend explain

Your friend will have insights that he/she finds hard to explain. Be patient, ask questions to clarify and don’t interrupt.

Give your friend time to think

When you ask your friend a question, give him/her time for reflection. Let your friend come back to you with a thoughtful response.

Give the big picture

Get to the gist quickly and let your friend ask you the question to clarify. Don’t need to go into details unless asked.

Be authentic

Be real and authentic with your feelings. Your friend appreciates your openness and will reciprocate by sharing too.

Support your friend’s ideals

Learn about the dreams and ideals your friend is striving toward. Find ways you can support it, and don’t be a wet blanket.