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

Invite your friend to share

Although quiet, your friend often has valuable insights you should tap into. Ask your friend questions and wait patiently for the answers.

Give them the gist

Give your friend the gist of what you are saying and let him/her ask you the questions to clarify.

Be gentle and encouraging

Your criticism can be seen as offensive or insensitive by your friend. Adopt a gentle and encouraging approach when expressing yourself.

Expect changes

Your friend is likely to make several changes to schedules and plans. Be patient as these changes will probably get on your nerves.

Support your friend’s dreams

Learn about what your friend’s dreams and aspirations are. Find ways you can encourage your friend and practically support him/her.