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

Give your friend time to justify insights

Like you, your friend probably has a lot of insights about a situation; however he/she may find it hard to explain. Give your friend time to find the words.

Get to the point

Get to the gist of the issue and state your conclusions. Your friend may get impatient if you beat about the bush in any way.

Be decisive

Don’t stay in the discussion stage for too long. Be decisive and stick to the plans. 

Explain your logic clearly

Explaining logically how you arrived at certain conclusions will help your friend understand you better. Don’t challenge for its own sake.

Talk effective strategy with your friend

Your friend is open to hear pragmatic strategies to get to his/her goals. Have a discussion about that.