From Tim Sanders: Talking about how bad the economy is consti­tutes a side­ways conver­sa­tion. You cannot be afraid enough of the future to make it better — in fact, you’ll often make it worse. Dale Carnegie trained his YMCA students in the 30’s to ignite posi­tive conver­sa­tions by opening with “what’s the good word?”.  It changes the conver­sa­tion, the mood and the direc­tion of the talk. You could also ask people the following: What are enthused about these days? What are your working on these days? Tell me some­thing inter­esting, I’m dying to hear about some­thing new and cool. · Go to Instead of asking, “How’s it going?” try this instead →