Snap Crackle Talk
This (Catherine Blyth's The Art of Conversation) sounds like a fair-to-meddling book, perhaps erring on the self-help side a little too much, though it's piqued my curiosity enough to try McLuhan's page 69 trick on it the next time I'm in a bookstore.
Top red flag: as I love major and minor arcana equally well, the dangerous and the gunshy alike, I really can't believe there's any value at all into breaking down challenging conversants into categories. The greatest bores are boring because we grudgingly concede that they present the most useful facts; otherwise, we wouldn't indulge them at all. And the brashest bullies are often the very best testers of our own character. It isn't that types don't exist; it's that we need to engage all of them as something...other than...a...type.
Conversation is, far more simply, swordsmanship but with sharper weapons, and if you want to play you should at least put in the air a weapon suited to your build and age and class. And if you feel you're getting nicked more often than nicking, it won't help at all to read a book; you really owe it to yourself to spar with someone in your weapon's class as often as possible, and most preferable is someone better at it than thou.