Some good tips here. I remember doing my time in networking sessions. I tend to talk a lot, but sometimes I just want others to talk. I remember being in situations where I felt I was talking way too much, but when I would stop no one stepped in. I HATED the sound of silence so I kept on going. I think pretending to be confident is key at first …this would be the building blocks and before you know it you wont need to pretend anymore.