One of the many benefits of conversation is that it's motivational.
One way it's motivational is in the answers we give... particularly the answers we don't like to give.
"What do you do with yourself?"
"I'm a (insert lame job, followed by a sad face)"
When you keep giving the answer you don't want to give, it motivates you to change.
Are you giving dull answers when asked what you have been up to lately? It's time to take up a new hobby or interest.
Disappointed in listing your dull career as what you do with yourself? It's time to focus on your life's work, even if this isn't your paid work. What will be your legacy? What is the greater account of "what you do", and who you are?
If you're hearing a friend give answers about their life that they clearly aren't happy with, discuss with them what they can do to change the answer.
Ask them what they want the answer to be, and how they'll get there.
How often will you repeat your lacklustre answers? Change the answer.
Who are your special people, the ones who will be there for you in both good times & bad?
Are you interacting through text, messenger & email rather than vocally? Is that even a bad thing?
Food should always taste better than it looks. Likewise, people should always be more interesting than they appear.
How we start a conversation often decides its trajectory. So maybe you should rethink how you greet people.
Even when you can't solve a friend's problem, talking about it helps.
Conversation will make or break a first date. How can you take the pressure off of thinking of things to talk about?
Do you use your words to make a positive impact or a negative one? Have you listened to yourself lately?
What should you talk about when you know a conversation is only going to be brief?
If you want to have a rewarding conversation with someone, never ask this question.
There is a reason we are social. It's to be known.