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

Express yourself

Express your thoughts and feelings intentionally as your friend may not ask you to share. But speak up anyway – your friend will be happy to listen.

Be warm and enthusiastic

Show warmth and enthusiasm when engaging your friend– increase the energy level from your usual quieter self.

Get to the point

Get to the gist of the issue quickly and then let your friend clarify his/her understanding with you. There is no need to delve into the details unless asked.

Entertain your friend’s ideas and possibility

Your friend is a person inspired by possibility. Encourage him/her to pursue ideas or do something about them.

Support your friend’s dreams

Find out some of these big dreams that your friend is pursuing and then find practical ways to support him/her.