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

Take turns to give your insight

Like you, your friend can be opinionated in a work setting. Take turns to give your input and listen patiently without interrupting.

Give the overview before the details

Get to the overview quickly as your friend only needs to know the gist of the matter. Avoid sharing details unless asked.

Measure your critique with praise and affirmations

You may be rather straightforward with your words. Adopt a positive and affirming approach to saying something. Praise where possible.

Agree to disagree

Being opinionated, you often end up disagreeing with your friend. Find common ground where you can and agree to disagree. Find the 3rd solution if necessary.

Support your friend’s dreams

Learn about your friend’s dreams and visions, and find ways you can practically support your friend to achieve it.