This is a wonderful conversation. Thank you for getting it started Josh. And it's true -- nothing like a deeply-felt, connective, engaging conversation. Relationships are often built on them, creative work emanates from them, and moods and morales of individuals and communities depend on them.
To echo what Becky said below, listening is critical. It's always frustrating to talk to someone, and realize they're just waiting for their turn to speak (and we're probably all guilty of this sometimes -- especially when discussing something about which we're passionate or knowledgable). Definitely worth tracking yourself in a conversation to make sure you're fully committed, instead of co-opting a two-way conversation into a one-way declaration.