- August 13, 2017
- 3 minute read
Best and Worst Business Email Sign Offs
There any many different ways people choose to end emails some use quotes, others use salutations, and some decide not to use anything at all. I am going to start with the best continue with the worst and end with all of those in the middle.
Best Sign Off
Best, or All the best
A safe and recommended ending by many whether use in personal or business correspondence.
Looking forward, Speak with you soon, Take care, or Talk soon
All of these sign offs are similar and are perfectly acceptable ways to end email of personal nature. An email that ends with “take care” is more modern in comparison to “regards” and “sincerely.”
No Sign Off
The sign off erases any possible ambiguity. Some may consider this ending cold and abrupt. However, this sign off works if all your emails have signatures that include your name and contact information. The no sign off becomes one of the worst email sign offs without a signature.
Worst Sign Off
Acronyms per example “Thx”
Shorthand English has no place in business correspondence.
Should not be used in a business email.
This ending is not seen often and for a reason and sounds too political.
Regards or anything with Regards included
Why? What exactly are you trying to say? The use of this closing signifies a lack of care and just something to close a message. The meaning comes off as cold and abrupt as not saying anything at all. Leave this one for letters.
Thanks or anything with Thanks included
Both of these endings are out of place unless you are thanking someone for helping you.
Very Truly Yours, Yours, or Yours Truly
These do not work for business emails better suited for letters.
The biggest issue with quotes is they can be interpreted differently depending on the reader. A quote that can be inspiring to some members of the staff will result in others believing this as a subliminal message.
Other Sign Offs
Only use in the United Kingdom and still does not fit everyone’s personality.
Only use in Italy and you also endanger sounding chauvinistic if you are a male sending an email to a female.
Hope the helps
Only in situations where you are responding to a request.
Love or XOXO
Both sign offs are not a suitable way to end any business email. They also can be construed as a form of harassment if sent to the opposite gender.
A formal way to end a letter and acceptable but can come off a little too formal depending on the recipient.
Simple and to the point. You leave no possible connotations for the reader, and you avoid the abrupt and cold silence of not leaving a sign-off. You should not use, however for external emails.
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