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

Speak plainly

With your friend, speak plainly and mean what you say. Don’t expect him/her to understand nuances or connect the dots.

Talk about the details

Talk about actionable steps and to-dos with your friend, and refrain from talking too much about the ‘big picture’.

Be practical

Be practical and realistic in your approach to solve problems. Avoid ideals or possibilities that only have a slight chance of becoming a reality.

Don’t take it personally

With your friend, what you see is what you get. It may come across insensitive or blunt, but don’t take it personally – its more often to do with the issue than the person.

Focus on past experiences

Your friend is convinced by past experiences. Use a track record of success to convince your friend about your proposal.