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

Express your feelings too

Be intentional to share how you feel, not just what you think. Your friend appreciates your authentic sharing.

Be encouraging and affirming

Your objective analysis may be misconstrued as being critical or offensive. Adopt an encouraging and affirming way to say it.

Support your friend’s dreams

Your friend has dreams he/she shares with close ones. Find out what those dreams are and support your friend to achieve it.

Focus on developing people

Use a people-centric angle to share your proposals and ideas. Suggest how your ideas can develop people to their fullest potential.

Don’t try too hard to analyse

In a bid to analyse a situation, you may appear to be dissecting your friend’s emotions coldly; this is not helpful to your friend, instead just empathise.