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

Speak up

Speak your mind intentionally. If not, your friend may unconsciously dominate the conversation.

Be concise in your explanation

Be concise and get to the point. Refrain from talking about big ideas or theories that don’t have immediate relevance to the situation.

Be specific

Be specific when giving instructions; break the big picture down to to-dos.

Don’t challenge your friend in public

A public intellectual challenge is perceived as a challenge to your friend’s authority. If you have to do it, do it privately.

Stick to your plans

Once you have set your plans, stick to them. Be decisive and don’t be wishy-washy.