“He who asks a question is a fool for a moment, but he who asks no question, remains a fool forever!” –Anon. So you decide, either you want to ask the question or never know. Simple questions such as how to end an email might seem irrelevant at first, but it is serious business. You can’t end abruptly and neither can you bore the person with your never ending babble. The salutations at the end of an email convey the mood of the one writing. Okay, so you’ve written the body and now staring at the blank computer screen for some enlightenment on how to end the letter! Look no further, this article gives you some tips on how the framework of an email must be, especially the sign off. You won’t believe how many different ways there are of just saying “bye!” Hope this article helps you with your professional as well as casual emails.
Ending An Email
- An email account
- The type of email that you are sending is extremely important. It defines the relationship that you share with the other person.
- If it is a business or professional email, then it eliminates most of the regular salutations that you can use just so that you avoid any business errors and misunderstandings in the future!
- Read through the email content once again and determine its nature. Again, emails can be of several types – a request for action, a thank you message, an invitation, an email to your client etc.
- Next, think about what kind of response you would like to receive on sending the email. Is it a general email and not expecting any reply or have you asked a question?
- Empathy. Feel what the reader might feel when they read the email. What kind of salutation would they use for an email to you? This again, depends on the nature of the relationship that you share.
- Given below are some of the examples that you could use:
- Sincerely, your full name.
- Yours faithfully, your full name.
- Best wishes, your full name.
Including your job profile, street address and signature will make the email appear more classy and professional because if the recipient wants to contact you, it makes his job easier.
- Kind thoughts
- Until next time
- Much love
- Stay tuned
The above is a general idea but depending on who you are writing to, the endings get more specific.
For someone in the family, you could say:
- Greetings to all at home.
- Yours respectfully.
For a lover or spouse, you could sign off using:
- Love always.
- Thinking sweet thoughts of you.
For a good friend who knows you well:
- Your friend.
- Ta ta for now.
To include some wit and humour in your email, you could use:
- Gotta boogie!
- Later alligator!
- Hasta la vista, baby!
For some salutations ending in different languages:
- Au revoir.
These are some of the ways that you could address the recipients.
- Lastly, send the email out! Don’t ponder too much and change the ending a hundred times before you send it because you would be missing out on the main objective then.
- The entire process of thinking, choosing and sending the email will not take more than 2 minutes!
Here’s hoping you’ve got the right ending to that email and an even better reply!