Just a quick update before I fix your emails…there are 4 tickets left for my Rock Your Business English Weekend on 29/30 September. If you want to join the party before it’s too late (and this is the last one for 4 months at least) – then grab your spot here.
And I just want to thank you. Thank you for all your kind wishes for my 50th birthday. You came to Amsterdam Centraal and gave me hugs, gifts, cards, kind words, and so many people mailed and messaged me I was overwhelmed and deeply touched. My 50th birthday gift to myself is a life without shame. Here’s why.
Oh! And news! I can finally talk about what I’ve been doing for the past 18 months under the radar. I’m the new content creator and the face of English courses at GoodHabitz! Find out more here:
Ok, hon, let’s talk about your emails. Have you ever ended one with ‘I hope I have informed you enough?”
No? Of course not. Your colleague did. Bert. Not you. You would NEVER do that because you know it’s rude in English, right? But Bert…he’ll never learn.
So let’s pass this on to Bert…when you’re done reading.
This is a direct translation of the Dutch phrase ‘Ik hoop u voldoende geïnformeerd te hebben.’ This works beautifully in Dutch. It’s normal, professional, expected, and functional.
But guess what?
English people don’t speak Dutch. (Most of them.)
They see this phrase and they’re like….”Say what?”
So let’s make it better.
You want to keep the door of communication open. Because if someone (god forbid!) DOES need more information, you’ve just kind of told them that you’re done helping them.
So let’s try these awesome alternatives:
1. Should you require further assistance, do not hesitate to contact me. (formal)
2. If you need anything else, just let me know. (informal)
3. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let me know. (semi-formal)
4. Feel free to reach out if there’s anything else you need! (informal)
5. Happy to help you with anything else you need! (informal)
I hope these help you end your mails with someone saying “Wow, that writer is a totally fabulous professional.”
Sending you a big hug and have a great rest of the week!
XX Buffi (de 50-plusser)
PS: No newsletter next Monday, as I’m with the Dalai Lama that day. (No joke. I’ll tell him you said hi.)
By the time you read this it might be even less!
Grab one of the last spots for my RYBE Weekend here.