Don't say "just practice." What are the basics of it, because I don't seem to have that down.
Most Helpful Girl
Analyze the way others speak/act. Notice smaller and bigger things they do while socializing with people, what makes people listen? What makes people laugh?
And then, sorry but practice is the only way. Practice , practice practice. Get out of your comfort zone. Practice at different places/situations you wouldn't normally find yourself in. Talk to new kinds of people. Learn. Practice again.0
Most Helpful Guy
Being able to just rant on without any input helps. But when they say things, just acknowledge what they say and make your next comment related to it then keep ranting if you find yourself asking yourself questions ask it to them.
I could just jabber on about music, games, bdsm, movies on a superficial level (but that's ok as long as you're saying things and stand by them, I might seem like a pleb to a movie buff, but meh, I'm not trying to be pretentious about it or lie so it's not going to backfire), art, philosophy, SJWs (fairly niche topic, but if it resonates with the person I'm talking to then swell). There's a lot of crossover between these things on a broad level, but I can drop names and go into detail about the parts I have a deep interest in. I'm trying to go through topics, looking for something to connect on and go deeper when they engage me about something I said.
All that said, I get a nasty bit of social anxiety and probably don't know shit about this. I think I can talk to people in some ways, so I have some social skills but not all of them. I don't think I can engage people about mundane bullshit, like weather and traffic. If I do I'll talk about the aesthetic of rain or the flaws in people's driving or self-driving cars or something. I'm always wanting to go deeper and find something interesting to talk about.0