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

Speak up intentionally

Make it a point to speak up. Your friend may unconsciously dominate the conversation otherwise.

Talk about the ‘big picture’

When putting forth an issue, focus on the big picture implications. There is no need to delve into the details with your friend unless asked.

Encourage possibility

Your friend will have many ideas that he/she wants to implement. Encourage the possibility, don’t be a wet blanket to him/her.

Reinforce your points with reason

Your friend is likely to challenge your logic. Reinforce your points with logical reasoning and explain how you arrived at certain conclusions.

Don’t take it personally

Sometimes your friend may say things that you deem offensive or insensitive. Don’t take it personally – your friend likely does not have the intention to hurt.