My father taught me a valuable lesson: “Any time someone speaks, they are giving you information.”
Another useful concept to remember might recall your experiences with dating: “The person talking is the one having a good time.”
When you meet people in a social or business content, you to have the opportunity to discover commonalities. You want them to open up.
There are simple expressions that help to keep a conversation going. When you use them, you look like a friendly conversationalist. At no point does it appear that you’re prying.
For a look at ways to do that, see the gallery above.