Voiceovers And The Art Of Letter Closing – The Not Silent Blog 11/6/18
Here’s an exercise in the art of letter closing…
So I’m on Facebook (as I am too often) and an interesting conversation popped up on the VO of NYC Facebook Group. Founder Carin Gilfry asked if you find it weird when people sign their emails, “Respectfully, Jane Doe”. She said it’s “because it reminds me of the phrase ‘With all due respect…’ which is typically followed by an insult.”
An interesting discussion ensued where people expressed which letter closing they like or don’t like. What was even more interesting was that there was no consensus. Some like “Best” and some hate it. One has an issue with “Thanks” but another is a big fan of it.
A observation by one was that the more formal the letter closing, the ruder it is. What’s particularly interesting is that is a very American perspective. By that I mean there is a correlation between formality & friendliness across international lines. I discovered this a few years ago when doing email-etiquette-by-country research which was later reinforced when I narrated the audio book “Culture Crossing” by Michael Landers.
Through my research, the Culture Crossing narration, and personal experience, I’ve learned that formality and politeness don’t always go hand-in-hand. In France & Japan, often the more formal you are, the more respectful you are. In America and Italy, the less formal you are, the more respectful you are. Clearly this varies from person to person and whether it’s a professional or personal relationship. There are also contradictions. In America, or in the below example, Canada, if you call a stranger “buddy” or “pal” it’s often meant to show disrespect. “Watch where you’re goin’, pal!”
TIP OF THE WEEK
For writing a letter closing with a potential or existing client, here are some guidelines from the website The Balance Careers:
Sincerely, Regards, Yours truly, and Yours sincerely – These are the simplest and most useful letter closings to use in a formal business setting. These are appropriate in almost all instances and are excellent ways to close a cover letter or an inquiry.
Capitalize the first word of your closing. If your closing is more than one word, capitalize the first word and use lowercase for the other words.
Letter Closings to Avoid
There are certain closings that you want to avoid in any business letter. Most of these are simply too informal. Some examples of closings to avoid are listed below: Always, Cheers, Love, Take care, XOXO.
NEWS AND NOTES
Tuesday, November 6th @8PM EST: My next Edge Studio Marketing 201 webinar will be “Thriving in a Smaller Market City”. Click here to sign up.
November 9-11: MAVO 2018 is this weekend! Looking forward to seeing everyone. 🙂
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March 29-31, 2019: I’m presenting at VO Atlanta 2019! Details to come…
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
From my village to yours; this is Tom Dheere, The H is Silent, but I’m Not.
Tom Dheere is a 20+year veteran of the voice over industry who has narrated thousands of projects for hundreds of clients in over a dozen countries. He is also voiceover business consultant known as the VO Strategist and is currently producing the comic book “Agent 1.22”.