^ I hear you, but if you can't BS something
light, interesting and appropriate, you just aren't trying, and that's rudeness.
Socially awkward? Memorize a few jokes. During this exercise, you can then say, "ah, yes, 1993, that
was the year I heard this awesome joke." And then you tell the joke.
Learning to chit-chat is quite simply an essential part of growing up, and a necessary skill in today's white-collar economy.