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

Assert yourself

Your friend may unconsciously dominate the conversation. Make sure you speak up – especially if the issue is important.

Don’t take their rebuttal personally

Your friend uses debate as a way to get the best answer. Don’t take the challenge personally – it often has to do more with the issue at hand than you as a person.

Be objective

Take a neutral, third-party point of view when discussing issues with your friend. Be objective in your analysis and stay neutral to the points you make.

Use logic to defend your points

To convince your friend, you have to use logic. Your passion or how you feel personally about it matters little to your friend about the merits of the argument.

Focus on the pragmatic approach

Talk about what is effective and efficient in your suggested approach. It provides more convincing power when trying to get your friend on your side.