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So, think about being involved and present in the dialogue, but also someone who puts forward ideas and tries to look for ways to keep the conversation smooth and going, just like a flowing conversation. Who looks for solutions too and who is flexible to talk about something else.

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Conversationalist – Blessed Geek May 26 '14 at 14:17

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One given to or skilled at conversation.
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1. a person who enjoys or excels in conversation
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a person who enjoys and contributes to good conversation.
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deipnosophist n
1. (Rhetoric) a person who is a master of dinner-table conversation
[C17: from Greek deipnosophistai, title of a Greek work by Athenaeus (3rd century), describing learned discussions at a banquet, from deipnon meal + sophistai wise men; see sophist]
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Collocutor: a person who talks or engages in conversation with another

Confabulator: (someone who) To talk casually; chat.

BARBER :A brilliant conversationalist, who occasionally shaves and cuts hair. Syn. for Phonograph.-The foolish dictionary ... by Gideon Wurdz ... . Wurdz, Gideon, b. 1875. (Any dictionary dedicated to a dog is legit ;-)

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Not to be confused with Konfabulator. – Janus Bahs Jacquet May 26 '14 at 15:46

Conversationalist is the most obvious word.

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I'd call this person a pro-active communicator.

proactive |prōˈaktiv| adjective (of a person, policy, or action) creating or controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than responding to it after it has happened: be proactive in identifying and preventing potential problems.

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You might also use "raconteur" for someone who is especially good at telling stories. Raconteurs are generally desired conversationalists, but do most of the speaking. A raconteur holds his interlocutor enthralled.

Example: "Mary Jane was a desired dinner guest because of her skills as a raconteur."

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