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

Be objective and logical

To convince your friend, you have to put your feelings aside and approach the situation objectively and logically.

Don’t take it personally

Sometimes your friend may be too straightforward and may appear insensitive. Don’t take it personally – your friend probably does not have the intention to hurt anyone.

Give your friend data and facts

The best way to convince your friend is to give your friend hard facts and data he/she can rely on.

Respect the desire for tradition

Your friend is likely traditional and wants things done the way it has been done before. Allow your friend to do so unless the change is necessary.

Give time to adjust

If change is necessary, understand your friend will take time to adjust to the new normal. Give your friend time and space to make adjustments.