Guys skedaddle when women prepare to scatter remains.
Leave the small talk out of it.
"Sometimes the greatest intimacy is just being together in comfortable silence."
Single and ready to mingle -- preferably at home, in your PJs.
When the connection between you and the other person is tenuous, as it was between myself and this woman, both parties know there's a pretty good chance this will be the only conversation the two will ever have with one another. You will meet, talk briefly about your jobs or the weather, part ways, and then, in the long run, live the rest of your lives and die without ever speaking again.
I uttered, "Yes, the business is doing great! We just hit this milestone," when at the forefront of my mind disappointment, missed deadlines and unmet goals were blaring. The intent was not to speak half-truths, but why burden someone with how I'm feeling?