So why are email sign-offs so important? Because texting and IM-ing have become so prevalent, some say you don’t need closing salutations at all. Still, most of us feel a bit odd about this when corresponding with people we don’t know well — especially concerning business. According to The Emily Post Institute, “It’s important to have a strong finish, particularly in business emails. It’s also useful to include information about yourself in case anyone might want to know other ways to reach you. If your email program does not automatically sign your message with your name, address, email address, and phone number, add it yourself.”

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