Try an alternative to "looking forward to hearing from you"

"Looking forward to hearing from you" is a generic signoff. These alternatives will help you end your request on a memorable note.

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Key quotes:

  • "You end your message with “I look forward to hearing from you.” Did you make an email faux pas? At best, “Looking forward to hearing from you” is invisible—a standard closing phrase that recipients tend to disregard"
  • "RELATED: How to End an Email: 9 Best and Worst Email Sign-Offs Good email communication eliminates guesswork for the recipient"
  • "Now, you’re just waiting passively for a response rather than moving the email thread forward, and your recipient may not even know what you want from them"
  • "Good email communication eliminates guesswork for the recipient"
  • "Good email communication eliminates guesswork for the recipient"
  • "It gives the recipient a bit more of a nudge than “I look forward to hearing from you.” This is another closing that can sound pushy in the wrong context"
  • "In a more businesslike setting, it could seem more like a stern warning: “I expect a reply.” This one says “Hey, my inbox is always open!” It’s breezy and informal, and it works well for recipients you have an ongoing dialog with"
  • "This closing doesn’t insist on an answer, so use it only when you’d welcome a response but you don’t need one."
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Key quotes:

  • "But do you ever get sick of endlessly typing “I hope you’re doing well” and “have a great day?” Some argue that email clichés, although they’re mostly meaningless, do have a purpose"
  • "But if you’re tired of typing the same stock lines—a sort of email autopilot—there are some simple ways to change things up and take your email from utilitarian to unique"
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  • ".” means “I’m not sorry and I’m going to make an excuse.” Alternative: RELATED: How to Write an Apology Letter You’ve taken the time to craft a unique email, so don’t get clichéd on the sign-off"
  • "RELATED: How to End an Email: 9 Best and Worst Email Sign-Offs Nobody likes this one, because it seems to imply “You’d better write back.” Alternative: Although a study by the email app Boomerang rated “Thanks in advance” as the sign-off with the highest response rate, it’s not the best sign-off for creating goodwill"
  • "Like “Looking forward to hearing from you”, it has a tone of “I expect you to do this.” Alternative: More from Grammarly: 12 Things to Write About When You’re Fresh Out of Ideas Here’s How to Finish Anything You Start A Writer’s Guide to Creating Social Media Copy from Idea to Publish"
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Key quotes:

  • "Writing sales email can be surprisingly tricky: How do I start? Probably it’s the time we must change our sales emails"
  • "Try these instead: “A few unexpected things came up, I appreciate your patience” “I wanted to give your proposal some thought” “Thank you for your patience” Sending a follow-up email to your prospect? Try to write powerful email closing lines"
  • "Read: “I believe our service/product is perfect solution for your business needs.” “Are you interested in our products?” “If you’re not the right person, could you direct me to the write one” Try these instead (Ask simple and clear question): “I analyze your site/business and found some of suggestions to improve your site/business"
  • "Avoid these phrases: “Why we’re best from our competitors” “Here’s our list of features” “We’re the best option for you” Do this instead: Send him/her an email and add call recap lines with a useful piece of resource (an article, video, case study or tutorial) if you have one"
  • "Stop writing: “Thank you for your time” “No problem, it’s okay” Do this instead: Respond with a question"
  • "Remember we’re still here in case you need any help in near future.” There’s no perfect formula for writing sales emails."
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Key quotes:

  • "Here’s a rundown of some of the most common email settings and the tried-and-true sign-offs that work best for each"
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  • "Best wishes A good blend of friendliness and formality makes this sign-off a safe bet, but be aware of its greeting-card vibe and use it only when it fits well with the tone of your email"
  • "It works well if your email is friendly and conversational but, unless you’re actually British or Australian, it may come off as affected in more formal settings"
  • "Maybe it’s because this sign-off expresses gratitude but also sets an expectation—you’re saying that you’ll be grateful when (not if) the person you’re emailing comes through"
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  • "[Nothing at all] We live in a world where people frequently email from mobile devices, so excluding a signature certainly isn’t a no-no as an email chain progresses, particularly if your recipient also drops the more formal sign-off"
  • "-[Name] or -[Initial] While this sort of sign-off may work for very brief, informal emails, it’s too cold and detached for most, particularly when you’re connecting with the recipient for the first time"
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  • "Have a blessed day It’s best to keep anything with religious overtones out of your professional correspondence, although this one’s fine if you’re emailing an acquaintance about what you’re bringing to the church potluck."
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