How do you log out of your emails?

The Journal of Accountancy published an article about how chartered accountants are finishing up their emails to maximize professionalism a few days ago, and it got me thinking about an old article written by my former colleague Caleb Newquist about email that bothers pets many years ago. In fact, this made me think about ranting about the “best” way is the worst way to sign emails and how upset we are but for some reason I couldn’t find an article on the subject. Caleb and I may have gotten upset about it in a series of increasingly angry text messages. I don’t know, I just know we hate it.

Well, let’s see what JofA says about email registrations:

When he deals with government officials, he uses simple, formal closings like “Sincerely” or “Respect,” said Paul Sundin, CPA, tax strategist and CEO of Emparion, a company that provides strategic retirement services.

“They give the impression that I’m here to do my job seriously,” he said.

*Makes a mental note to never use “honestly” or “respectfully” when responding to readers’ emails*

For clients, on the other hand, it often goes with “best regards” for initial emails. This may later change to “Thank you,” “Thank you very much,” or “All my thanks.”

He said those shutdowns, along with other details in his email signature — his name, credentials, website address and LinkedIn profile — express credibility.

It turns out that some people aren’t a fan of Thanksgiving. Especially her brother excited “Thank you!” Which I use a lot because I know it annoys people. My personal favorite is “Thanks in advance!” Because it implies that I have little confidence that the person I’m emailing will do the thing I politely asked them to do; The exclamation point is the thing that conveys passive aggressiveness.

Some professionals prefer to use the standard logout no matter who they are talking to:

Dalton R. Sweaney, CPA, a partner at Gray, Salt & Associates LLP in Claremont, California, keeps it simple and consistent: “Best regards.”

“It’s the only one I use, no matter where,” he said.

I’m just going to put this out there: Most of the people I’ve met who use Best Regards are rods. I’m not saying that Dalton is, I’m just saying that my experience has been that ‘best regards’ people tend to give careless greetings at best outside of emails. Actually now that I think about it, what does “best regards” mean? Like “I hope you’re okay”, right? Let’s search for it.

What does “best regards” mean?
“Best regards” is a common and friendly closing of emails and written letters. When you see “Best regards” near the end of the letter, it simply means that the writer wishes you all the best. It’s a semi-formal letter ending, versatile enough for both personal and professional correspondence. The phrase “best regards” usually indicates that you respect the recipient, but do not necessarily have a close personal relationship with them. Other similar closings include “best wishes,” “best wishes,” and “warmly.” Formal closings are more “honestly” or “respectfully”.

There are different types of ‘Best regards’ that you can use depending on the situation and how you feel about the recipient such as ‘Best regards’ or ‘Best regards’ or if you are really busy you can choose the ‘best’ which we have already decided this is the worst but How can you tell people you’re too busy for this crap without actually saying it.

If you really want to, you can’t overthink it and sign as a normal human engaging in conversation with another human being. like him:

Gwen Mazola, CPA, Warranty Partner at HoganTaylor LLP, usually signs “Thank you.” But depending on who you are exchanging emails with and even what day it is, their closing may change.

“For work emails, it’s usually ‘Thank you,’ or ‘Have a nice day,’ or ‘Let’s meet soon,'” she explained. “The closing is usually what I would say to them in a conversation.”

Whatever sign out method you choose, just remember not to reply to all unless you absolutely have to. Everyone would agree that there are very few appropriate situations to answer all. Just like we all agree that “Have a great and interesting day” is probably the worst email recording in history.

Thanks!

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