How to Sign Off on an E-mail

How to Sign Off On an E-mail

A few months ago, I read an article on Forbes about the state of the e-mail salutation and whether or not the word "hi" had replaced familiar standby "dear" as the new way to open up an e-mail with. Responses to the right way to address the person you're e-mailing ran a wide range from skipping the salutation and just jumping straight into the correspondent's name to maintaining a certain "dear" old fashioned approach.

But what about how to sign off? Just as much as we pay attention to how we begin an e-mail to someone, should we be doing the same to the ending? I say yes and whether you're writing a formal, general, or short message, here are three signatures that should make for saying farewell on a pleasant note.

"Sincerely"

It's the most formal way to end an e-mail and best used for messages that require a little extra professionalism.

"My best"

Out of any sign off, I use this one the most. When I was a lawyer, letters were consistently signed "best regards" but as the CEO of a company that helps entrepreneurs and small businesses incorporate, I've switched over to "all my best" and "my best." It's a little more personal than saying regards and conveys more feeling this way.

"Thanks so much"

Generally I use this one when I'm asking for something to be done, but it's also a good one to use as just an occasional way to remind the recipient that you're grateful for all of their help provided and for what they continue to do. Adding an exclamation point heightens the thankfulness and makes for saying goodbye on a sweet, high note.

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