Son, having a conversation is like playing a game of chess.
It’s your move.
You need to plan ahead, speaking and listening before either has taken place. You need to know what they will say before you ever give them the chance to say it. It is an art, son, an art.
And? It’s still your move.
And? And what?
And what if they don’t say what you want them to say?
In that case, you should stare blankly at them for 10 minutes, thinking of your next move. In both scenarios, your partners like to walk away.