Someone may be unresponsive due to lack of skills or personal style. It requires extra effort to start a dialogue. Helpful techniques are:
- Ask open-end questions, not ones with “yes/no” answers.
- Wait with a friendly look for a response.
- Repeat in different words.
- Praise responses.
- Comment on silence, if person remains silent.
- Perhaps, offer to meet later at a “better time”.
If this is a problem for you, specify your plan of action: