1. This is probably the hardest bit but it becomes easy, the more you practise it. Walk up to someone you do not know, preferably another solitary person or couple.
2. A quick introduction and then ask this person an open ended question like how long have you worked for the company? What do you like about the company?
3. Really listen to their response, pay attention to their body language, their facial expressions and the way their voice sounds.
The idea is to be really present in the situation, not withdrawn into your inner world. So really engage with what they are saying.
4. Do not pass judgement on them, Do not compare their responses with what you would have said and do not formulate a response
5. Follow on from the first question with another question and keep the conversation going, showing interest completely in them. Taking your attention away from you.
6. Do not talk about yourself. Just stay focused on the other person. Smile from time to time and encourage them to keep talking.
7. Remember a few things about the person you spoke to and use that as the basis of continuing the conversation. This makes people feel important and they tend to like people who listen to them.
And that is it.