I don't believe in white lies, I believe in comically brutal and harsh truths.
Nothing is more rude to me than interrupting someone else.
I'm really big on communicating, though I'm not sure if that qualifies me as a 'good' listener.
One of my favorite past times is talking to strangers. Often, you'll learn something useful; how the restaurant you're on you're way to is actually awful and you should just go across the street, how you have something in your teeth, how your shoe is untied, how the inebriated gentleman has just soiled the seat next to you and so forth.