#2 “I’m going to the hardware store. Do you need me to get anything for you there?
This is a helpful question. Compare it to the open-ended offer “Call me if there’s anything I can do” that I mentioned in the piece on what we don’t want to hear. As I said there, we’re unlikely to respond to such an open-ended offer, meaning we won’t call and say, “Can you go to the hardware store and get me some light bulbs?” That feels like an imposition. But if we know you’re already planning a trip to the hardware store, that’s a different matter!