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

Give time for reflection

If you want feedback from your friend, give time for reflection to your words.  Listen patiently and don’t interrupt your friend.

Explain things as simple as possible

Don’t use complex or big words to get your point across. Break it down as simply as possible and demonstrate if possible.

Give specific instructions

Your big ideas and strategies often confuse your friend. Instead, be specific with your instructions with to-dos and immediately actionable steps.

Give freedom

The more you try to press your friend for a conclusion, the more your friend is likely to avoid you. Give him/her freedom to decide and come back to you.

Focus on the present

To convince your friend, focus on the immediate gains and benefits, rather than on the long-term ones.