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

Speak up intentionally

Your friend may unintentionally dominate the conversation. Speak up intentionally about how you think about certain issues.

Talk about the ‘big picture’

When you put forth an idea, talk about the big picture. Don’t delve into the details unless asked by your friend.

Get to the point

Your friend may be impatient if he/she feels you are not getting to the point quick enough. Talk about the gist of the issue first.

Don’t take it personally.

Sometimes your friend’s words appear brash and aggressive. Don’t take it personally – it often has to do with their desire to excel and compete.

Be decisive  

Make decisions and stick to them. Avoid being indecisive as it will be construed as passivity by your friend.