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

Give time to formulate thoughts

Your friend has complex insights but may find it hard to explain them. Be patient, give time and don’t talk about the silence.

Ask questions to clarify

You may be confused by the explanations of your friend. Don’t be afraid to ask questions to clarify your friend’s thinking process.

Give the gist

Give your friend the gist of the issue quickly. Don’t share details unless asked and only if necessary.

Don’t take it personally

Your friend’s words can appear rather curt or cutting at times. Don’t take the words personally – it usually has to do with the issue at hand, and nothing to do with you as a person.

Show pragmatism

Your friend desires effective and efficient to achieve his/her objectives. Show how your idea is pragmatic, and your friend will be more receptive to it.