17Sign Off With Substance
Just as the salutation helps set the tone for the beginning of the e-mail, the sign-off brings your message to a close with the proper mood. Think of your goodbye as the period at the end of a sentence.
Whereas sign-offs to friends and family are often casual (see ya, later, gotta go), sign-offs with business associates, or people you don’t know well, are best left on a more formal note. For example:
• Thank you
• See you soon
• Look forward to seeing you soon
• Hope to hear from you soon
• Best wishes
If you’re one of those people who likes to end your e-mails with your name or just the initial of your first name, that’s fine, but save it for folks with whom you have a close rapport. ...