Okay, so any idiot should know how to start and carry a conversation. That's just a given, its a non-issue. But what are those hooks that a guy can use to get a woman to really pick up on a topic and carry it without a constant back-and-forth of question-response-feedback. In other words, what is it that makes a girl get all chatty about something? Because I've observed similar topics intiated differently by different guys and I've seen very different responses from the girl involved. I should be able to ask a girl "how's life" in a way that actually gets her talking about herself rather than just "yeah its alright", 'cause nothing kills a conversation and the whole vibe of the interaction faster than a series of short questions followed by a series of short answers. Especially if said guy actually likes this girl.