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

Speak up

Your friend may tend to dominate the conversation, especially in a work context. Speak up intentionally and assert your point.

Don’t take things personally

Whatever words your friend rebuts you with, don’t take it personally. Your friend probably has the intention of getting the best results from you.

Defend your points with logic

To convince your friend, you need to defend your stand not with emotion or passion, but with logic. Explain how you arrived at certain conclusions with logical proof.

Be decisive

Don’t be wishy-washy when engaging your friend. Be decisive in your answers, even though there may be room for uncertainty.

Focus on pragmatism

Your friend is probably more interested in the effectiveness of your approach rather than how much passion you have for it. Focus on that instead.