“How may I help you?”

I never leave a professional interaction without offering this final query. Although this often-unspoken offer has always been extended, I’m chagrin to admit that I haven’t always formalized the request until it was asked of me by a mentor years ago.

Wow, what an impact that made on me. In that moment I not only received verbal confirmation that I was listened to, but that my success mattered enough to warrant their support.

We all want to help. It’s our nature. We are a society of giving back and paying it forward. Sometimes it’s nice to be reminded that what we say and do matters and people believe in us enough to extend an offer to help.

Now it’s your turn to pay it forward. After your next professional interaction, close with “How may I help you?” I promise, the rewards are abundant.