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

Speak up intentionally

Make it a point to share your thoughts assertively. Your friend may unconsciously dominate the conversation.

Get to the gist

Get to the point quickly and avoid giving unnecessary detail to your friend. Let him/her ask the questions.

Be objective

Be objective when explaining things to your friend. Take a neutral point of view and try not to let emotions come in.

Don’t take things personally

Likewise, if your friend says something insensitive or offensive, know that your friend does not mean it. Don’t take their words personally.

Stand by your viewpoints with logic

Your friend, even though appearing opinionated, does listen to a well-reasoned argument. Be prepared to explain yourself with logical arguments.