I notice things in human behavior that others either do or do not care to talk about. That is OK. “Because I'm good enough. I'm smart enough. And doggone it, people like me." Props to SNL’s Stuart Smalley. Age alert if you missed that one.
One of the things I have been reflecting on is that people often sign off e-mails with the ending “best.” What does this mean and why do so many people do it? Please note this is not a post about what is right or wrong but a question of why human beings do the same thing that others do. Is it to be safe? Please click on this link to see more ways to sign off...http://goo.gl/H7RzIM and you will see that the writer of that post likes “best” as a sign off. So, we can agree to disagree—agreeably.
In this post and future ones my goal will be to make them shorter. Why? We all have a lot on our plate and short attention spans. So, today we examine the word “best.” Here is an example: Thanks for your valued partnership and reading my Printing Impressions blog each week. Best, Ryan
Really? Oh yeah, I failed to mention we will cover two of these “buzz words.” Really? Why do we say that so often? Really? Really? You get the idea and so do I as I hear it in every part of the country.
In sales and marketing (yes, two different things) we can either lead or follow. And, we are all leaders and followers at some point, depending on the situation. However, if you want to be a creatively authentic sales and/or marketing professional, you must always be creative, credible and compelling. To me, saying “best” and “really” sounds quite robotic and much the same as everyone else.
Only you can be you. So, what should your sign off be? You must decide this for yourself. However, it is vital to make it memorable. Make it intentional. Make it unforgettable. Make it unique.
We live in a short attention span world where people only look up when something catches their attention. Really? Yes, really and while we are at it—ditch that word, too.
So as I sign off, let me leave you with this. I thank you for taking time to read my blog post.
Ryan T. Sauers has spent nearly 30 years running, leading or consulting with printing, graphics, promotional and visual communications-related organizations. Sauers is CEO of two companies, Sauers Consulting Strategies LLC and End Resultz Inc. that among other things, owns magazines and is a media firm. Key areas of focus of the firms include sales training, marketing strategy, personal branding, leadership development and organizational change.
Sauers is a frequent national speaker and columnist. He has been recognized as one of the top 80 CMOs globally and achieved the top designation of Certified Marketing Executive through Sales and Marketing Executives International.
Sauers is an adjunct university professor teaching leadership and communication courses to current and aspiring leaders. He is a Certified Myers Briggs, DiSC and Emotional Intelligence Practitioner (one of few in the U.S. to achieve all three rigorous certifications related to human communications, personality and behavior).
Sauers has completed his doctoral-level coursework in Organizational Leadership and is now (ABD - All But Dissertation) working on his dissertation on why some entrepreneurs and small businesses achieve initial and long-term success, whereas countless others do not.
Sauers is the host of the Marketing Matters radio show in Atlanta that later becomes a global podcast. He also is the host of the Community Connections TV show that comes out in video and podcast form. Sauers is the author of the best-selling books, Everyone is in Sales, and Would You Buy from You? More info at RyanSauers.com or call (678) 825-2049 or email Ryan@RyanSauers.com