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26th Apr 2016

This is the experts’ recommended sign-off for an email

Simply the best

Cathy Donohue

As the saying almost goes: the email of the species is more deadly than the mail.

When sending an important email, it can be stressful figuring what is the most appropriate way to end it.

If it’s work-related, you want to be approachable, but not over-friendly, and that can be a hard one to crack.

However, the experts have given their suggestion for the best way to sign-off.

It needs to be simply “best”.

Aliza Licht, author of the career guide, Leave Your Mark, Will Schwalbe, co- author of SEND: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better, and business etiquette expert Barbara Pachter all agree that “best” is the way forward because it is safe, inoffensive and appropriate for most situations.

Sign-offs to steer way from, according to the experts, are “thanks”, “thanks so much”, (premature gratitude) “your sincerely”, “yours faithfully” (too stuffy) and talk soon (too casual).

One step closer to composing the perfect email.