How much can you express in three words?
I thank you.
Gratitude is an exquisite form of courtesy. People who enjoy good relationships are those who don’t take daily courtesies for granted. They are quick to thank others for acts of kindness, whether it be holding a door open or helping finish a project.
Maybe you’re right.
Stephen Carter in his 1998 book Civility has a list of 15 rules. One is
'Civility requires that we listen to others with knowledge of the possibility that they are right and we are wrong.' Certainly these words can help diffuse a tense conversation and calm emotions.
Let me help.
The best of coworkers see a need and try to fill it. They often don’t wait to be asked. It could be taking over some work or the need to talk through a problem.
Please forgive me.
We all make mistakes … act without thinking … speak when we should be silent. Never be ashamed to admit missteps and ask for forgiveness.
Significant messages can come in three words. They enrich relationships.
(These three word sentences work just as well with friends and family as they do with coworkers.)