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How to End Business Letters and Professional E-mails

By Edited May 4, 2014 1 1

Writing a professional email or business letter is often more difficult than it sounds. Once people have written those all important letters, closing the letter successfully is imperative as this indicates how the email or letter recipient should revert.

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Writing a professional email or business letter is often more difficult than it sounds. Once people have written those all important letters, closing the letter successfully is imperative as this indicates how the email or letter recipient should revert.

For professional emails and business letters, it is best to keep up a balance between formality and ingenuity when choosing a closing. While "Sincerely Yours" is a safe formal bet, it is often considered commonplace and hackneyed. Nobody wants to sound like a cliché. Conversely, "Cheers" would not only be very inappropriate but also may be in bad taste.

Instead, choose from the following when ending that next professional email or business letter:

· Best regards

· Thanks and regards

· Confidently yours

· Warm regards

· With anticipation

· Yours respectfully

· Yours truly

· Best wishes

· Many thanks

· Respectfully yours

In today's globalised world, it is more often than not that people have to send business letters and professional emails to others halfway around the world. Just because one is from another continent does not mean he or she has to sound like a boring doorknob. Impress business associates with the following business letter and professional email closings:

· Aloha – for business associates in Hawaii

· Au revoir – for French speaking business associates in places such as France, Geneva, Mauritius, Ivory Coast and Quebec

· Adios – for Spanish speaking business associates in places such as Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and Venezuela

· Auf Wiedersehen - for German speaking business associates in places such as Germany, Zurich, Austria and Liechtenstein

· Ciao – for Italian speaking business associates

· Namaste – for Hindi speaking business associates in India

· Adieu – this is basically old French so you can use this to impress those French speaking business associates in places such as France, Geneva, Mauritius, Ivory Coast and Quebec again

However, be sure not to mix up the languages and the places of the business associates!

It is best to avoid the following closings unless writing to a close friend:

· Be well

· Kind thoughts

· Over and out

· Over to you

· Take care

· Ta ta for now

· Take it easy

· To be continued…

· Take care

· Stay tuned

· Yours

· Warmly

· Wishing you the best

· Always

· Until next time
Cheers

· More to come

· Smiles

· Cheerio

· I'm out

· *insert cutesy emoticon here*

Unless hitting on the recipient, or the email recipient is a love interest, avoid the following endings and a sexual harassment lawsuit:

· Thinking of you

· Hugs

· Love always

· Lots of love

· Love eternally

· Love forever

· Hasta la vista, baby

· Hugs and kisses

· Much love

For professional emails and business letters, it is best to keep up a balance between formality and ingenuity when choosing a closing. While "Sincerely Yours" is a safe formal bet, it is often considered commonplace and hackneyed. Nobody wants to sound like a cliché. Conversely, "Cheers" would not only be very inappropriate but also may be in bad taste.

Tips & Warnings

Unless hitting on the recipient, or the email recipient is a love interest, avoid the following endings and a sexual harassment lawsuit:

· Thinking of you

· Hugs

· Love always

· Lots of love

· Love eternally

· Love forever

· Hasta la vista, baby

· Hugs and kisses

· Much love

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Comments

Jul 15, 2010 8:50pm
jcmayer777
Wow! A very complete list with something that will work for just about every type of email or letter.
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