William King said, “A gossip is one who talks to you about other people. A bore is one who talks to you about himself. A brilliant conversationalist is one who talks to you about yourself.”
From John Maxwell’s book, How Successful People Think:
Forget About: Searching for ways to make yourself look good. Instead, search for ways to make others look good.
Do it: Give everyone you meet the Triple-A Treatment — attention, affirmation, and appreciation.
Remember: Within the first thirty seconds of a conversation, say something encouraging. Compliment them or validate something they just said.