From A Weak to Confident Communicator - 30 Day Challenge
Many a time, when you're having a conversation, you do not know what to talk about next. This leads to an awkward silence followed by the end of the conversation.
A simple way to overcome this problem is to use the parroting technique. As per this technique, all you have to do is repeat the last 2-3 words the other person said with a questioning tone.
For example, when someone says, "I had an amazing weekend", all you have to do is ask, "amazing weekend?" This leads to the other person explaining further. This trick is so subtle that even if you repeat it back to back many times, people won't notice.
Today, you must try out the parroting technique when you run out of things to say. Even if you have things to talk about, try out the technique a few times to see how effective it is.