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Rules for concluding emails

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Email is the most predominant—and preferred—means of communication for most business professionals. Follow these tips to leave the best possible impression when you conclude your email:

•  Don’t use an oversized logo. Logos can distract the reader from your main message. If your company requires you to use one, make it as small as possible while still being legible.

•  Steer clear of quotes. Your slogan is fine, but avoid using inspirational or humorous quotes which can rub some people the wrong way.

•  Keep your contact information short. Share only vital information: name, title, company, phone number and one link to a website or publication.

•  Signal the end of the message. “Best,” “Regards,” “Many thanks” and “Looking forward to hearing from you” are professional, safe options.

— Adapted from “57 Ways To Sign Off On an Email,” Susan Adams, Forbes, www.forbes.com.

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