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

Give time to share, but always stay focused

Allow your friend airtime to share, but in case your friend digresses, don’t hesitate to bring him/her back into focus.

Give the gist

Your friend can be a rather impatient listener. Give the gist and then let your friend ask the questions on detail.

Be affirming and encouraging

Adopt an affirming, encouraging and enthusiastic approach to engaging your friend. Avoid criticism and be tactful when giving negative feedback.

Expect changes

Your friend is likely to make many changes to plans and schedules spontaneously. Be patient – it will get on your nerves.

Support your friend’s dreams

Your friend will have many ideas he/she hopes to fulfil. Learn about these dreams and find ways you can encourage or practically support it.