Having things prepared to talk about is a great stepping stone and a useful tool. So is filling your life with interesting things to share with people. So is being authentically interested in others.
It's awesome that your thinking about social skills. Social skills are crucial! Just don't go with spelling your name backwards, that is lame, and anyone cool is going to immediately think you are lame after you drop that bomb, even if they don't show it.
How does everyone not see through that?