End email with whatever is ‘best’ for you

By · Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

It was with great interest that we read the blog post, “You’re ending your e-mails wrong,” by Rebecca Greenfield. The headline didn’t disappoint. It turned out to be a great conversation starter.

In this BloombergBusiness piece, we learn a lot of history about how people end their letters and their emails. We also learn a lot from business etiquette consultants.

What’s next?

We hope it’s not this, as Greenfield explains in her piece:

Fearful of coming off as too smug or affectionate, we’ve been bullied into using empty words.
I made an (unscientific) online survey, and among my friends and colleagues, 75 percent use best or thanks, though many admitted that neither was ideal.

What is ideal? We think it’s this:

And if that means you choose no closing, that should be fine, too. You just wouldn’t want to deter others from making their own choices. You wouldn’t want them to feel they are wrong, right?

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