The Best Letter Closings and Salutations
Picking the right letter closing has everything to do with your relationship to the person with whom you’re corresponding.
lets cover the best closing salutations for the most common recipients.
Business Letter Closings
The trick to most business letter closing salutations is to hit the sweet spot between too formal, and too informal. Aim for the Goldilocks sweet spot.
You’ll want your closing to be reflective of the relationship you have with the person you’re writing. Obviously, if you’re writing a good friend you can use any kind of sign off you want.
But, for most business correspondence, using the Goldilocks approach is usually a good idea.
Here are some good business letter closings:
- Warm Wishes
- Kind Regards
- Many Thanks
- All The Best
- Thanks for Everything
- Many Thanks
- To (Y)our Continued Success
And of course, you always have the trusty Sincerely in your pocket, but I like to avoid it because it feels a little obligatory now.
Its a beautiful word though, don’t get me wrong. But, ironically, if you want to seem sincere, you just can’t say sincerely anymore.
How do you like to close your business letters? Let us know below.
Will my usual e-mail signature suffice?
I’m glad you asked... It depends.
If you’re involved in a protracted e-mail conversation or it’s just routine business correspondence, you probably don’t need a closing salutation. In fact, it might come off as a little too formal.
However, you should employ a closing salutation if you’re:
- Reaching out to a new client or prospect.
- Asking for something valuable (advice, a meeting, etc...)
- Closing a deal.
- Responding to a letter in which they used a formal closing.
What sign offs should you avoid in a business setting? Skim through the next section and you’ll have your answer. None of the following closing salutations would be good for professional correspondence.
Personal Letter Closings
Alright... Enough of those stuffy office e-mails. Lets get to the fun stuff.
When you’re closing a letter to a friend or family member, you don’t have the trappings of professionalism restraining your creativity. Lets go over some fun letter closings for friends, family, and informal associates.
These are the more common salutations:
- Keep Smiling
- Ciao For Now
- With Love
- Forever and Always
- Many Thanks
- Forever Yours
- Love Always
- Till We Meet Again
- Adoringly yours
- With Fond Thoughts
- With Bated Breath
Of course there are many, many other closing salutations. People can get pretty creative with sign offs.
In fact, that is where you come in!
List your favorite letter closing below, and help us grow a list of the most awesome closing salutations of all time!