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:

• Regards

• Sincerely

• Thank you

• Thanks

• See you soon

• Look forward to seeing you soon

• Hope to hear from you soon

• Best

• 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. ...

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