Can I Pitch In? vs Need Any Help?

This morning one of the casual carpoolers I picked up said “Can I pitch in a dollar?” as an offering to counter the $2.50 Bay Bridge Carpool Toll that went into effect July 1, 2010.

Immediately I thought to myself – what a great way to offer assistance without projecting any negative connotation.

When you’re asking someone if they need “help”, the recipient of the assistance may perceive that you think they need help, as opposed to would welcome help.

The words you use to frame your innocuous effort to alleviate someone else’s load will directly impact the response you get – so choose your words wisely.

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