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

Give time for sharing

Be patient when listening to your friend. Ask questions to clarify and don’t interrupt or talk about the silence just because it feels awkward.

Don’t interrupt the sharing

When your friend is talking, don’t be distracted or look elsewhere. Instead give full attention and let your friend complete the sharing first before you come in.

Be very sensitive

Your friend is very sensitive to your words and may be offended or hurt if you say something brashly. Adopt a sensitive and affirming way of saying something.

Give time to change

When you need changes to be made, give time and space for your friend to make adjustments.

Acknowledge your friend’s quiet contribution

Your friend supports you and contributes from behind the scenes. Praise and acknowledge when you notice this.