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

Speak up

Be intentional about making your point. If not, your friend may unconsciously dominate the conversation.

Get to the point

Get to the point as soon as possible; your friend may be impatient if you spend too long beating about the bush.

Be decisive

Don’t be wishy-washy or passive. Make a decision and stick to the plan.

Explain your logic clearly

When you suggest alternative solutions, give clear criteria or information that leads you to come to such a conclusion. Be ready to justify it.

Give a conclusion

Don’t leave the discussion open – if you raise a problem, don’t just leave it there. Give a solution and a possible course of action.