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

Express yourself

Make it a point to let your thoughts be known, and your feelings be heard. Don’t keep it all inside and expect your friend to figure out what you are thinking or feeling.

Be warm and enthusiastic

Increase your energy level when engaging your friend; be warm and enthusiastic when speaking and be responsive to him/her.

Get to the point

Try not to delve too much into details; get to the gist of the issue and let your friend clarify any questions with you.

Support your friend’s dreams

Learn about your friend’s dreams and then find ways you can practically support your friend to make it happen.

Focus on developing people

Whatever plan you are proposing to your friend, focus on the human development aspects so that your friend will be more receptive.