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

Speak up

Your friend is likely to dominate the conversation. Speak up and make your thoughts known, no matter how stupid or incomplete they may sound in your head.

Share your feelings

Your friend will have a hard time understanding your complex emotions. You have to be open about how you feel – you cannot expect him/her to connect the dots. 

Don’t take it personally

Don’t take your friend’s comments personally – It often isn’t meant to be personal. Take it objectively and try to remove emotion from it.

Stand your ground by defending its logic

You have to defend your stand not with emotion or passion, but with logic. Your friend listens to reason.

Focus on pragmatism

If you want to convince your friend, talk about how effective or efficient an approach is. Talk less about subjective aspects like values and your personal beliefs.