(1) Some people are just mean. It's hard to start to build a good relationship with them. It seems the only thing that I can do is keep using the safe Talk option with them and hope it slowly edges our relationship status up until I can unlock some more powerful socialization options. How do you think that should I start?
(2) Promotions can require having a certain number of friends. I feel like I can't fit enough socialization into my Sim's day, let alone maintain the formidable 8 friends to get promoted to Business Tycoon at the top of the Business career track. What should I do?
I think it's rather important to denote that this is The Sims 2 (TS2) for consoles (in particular, the Nintendo GameCube), because I think The Sims 2 is rather different between console and PC.