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25 Ways to End a Professional Letter
When you write professional letters, the sign-off is one of the most important parts. What your letter says before your signature can be helpful and insightful, but it's what comes after that really matters in a business setting. Your closing should leave no room for confusion about how to respond or where to send a reply; it should also strive not only to end the letter a way the recipient would appreciate.
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3 TIPS TO CONSIDER BEFORE STARTING YOUR LETTER
- Don't just copy and paste a template that another company used - personalize it! Your recipients will appreciate knowing that they are not being ignored or overlooked because of their status as a professional contact.
- Handwritten letters are a lost art, but there's no reason why they can't make a comeback! Make sure to take the time and send out handwritten professional correspondence every once in awhile - it will be appreciated!
3 MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN WRITING YOUR LETTER
- Make sure to take time out and write down exactly what you wanted to say in your professional handwritten letter. If you are not fully satisfied with how professional handwritten letter turned out, your professional contact may not be either.
- Use ink! Don't try to save money by printing with black and white instead of using color - it looks unprofessional and lazy. Your professional contacts deserve the best quality work you can provide them, so make sure that includes using colored ink in order to properly end your
HERE ARE 25 WAYS YOU CAN END YOUR PROFESSIONAL LETTER
2. Best wishes,
6. Yours truly,
7. With regards to you,
8. Always at your service,
9. I am looking forward to hearing from you soon! (friendly)
10. I'm looking forward to speaking with you soon. (business)
12. Warmest regards,
13. Best wishes for your success. (business)
14. You can always depend on me.
15. Wishing you well,
17. With best wishes for your success. (business)
18. Yours sincerely,
19. Acknowledge with thanks…(professional letter of recommendation or quotation request)
20. I am looking forward to hearing from you soon." (friendly professional correspondence)
21. I'm looking forward to speaking with you soon." (business professional correspondence)
22. Be well,
23. Good day! (friendly business letter ending)
24. Best regards,
25. Wishing you all the very best! (business professional correspondence)
WHY A PROFESSIONAL SIGN OFF IS IMPORTANT
It is important to end professional letter with a sign off instead of just simply signing it - when the letter is being used in a professional setting, using a professional sign off shows the recipient that you took the time and effort to include this small but professional gesture. A professional sign off does not happen often, so when one is included in a professional letter it makes an important impact on how professional your business will appear!
CLOSE YOUR LETTER WITH A MEANINGFUL SENTENCE, NOT JUST A SIGN OFF
In the end, we should strive for one meaningful sentence that captures our thoughts and emotions in a compelling way. The tone can be whatever you want it to be but I like how concise this passage is because they were able leave out all those extra words without being too short or dull: "Thank You."
SHOULD YOU USE A SIGNATURE?
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Heartfelt thank you cards make a lovely closing to a successful holiday party. They serve to rekindle your guests’ holiday cheer and remind them of beautiful memories.
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