Email signature quotes. Is yours making your client roll his eyes ?

Real Estate Agent with CB Valley Broker


Lots of people I correspond with in email sign off with inspirational signature quotes. Some are interesting, some are funny, some are lecturing, they usually tell you a lot about the person you are corresponding with.


Online are a plethora of websites that offer you sentences that are what smart, witty, famous or intelligent people once said and there is no shortage of followers who eagerly try to identify themselves with those personalities.


Whether you like Buddha, Shaw, Charlie Chaplin or Margaret Thatcher as guiding lights, you certainly will find a sentence that you can wholly identify with.


So you have decided that you totally, 100% LOVE other people to know that "“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” T. S. Elliot.  Your email partners should all know that your are an adventurer, that you are not accepting common boundaries, that you will go beyond...


Or you find that "If something goes wrong at the plant, blame the guy who can’t speak English. Homer Simpson, meaning you are either politically incorrect or stand up for Hispanic rights


Or you ask everybody to "remember to laugh today", showing that you want everybody to understand that they should loosen up and not take life too seriously all the time, which will backfire when they feel nauseous reading it 5 times a day.


There are plenty of these, for all occasions, for all characters, all kind of messages one might want to convey.


They also have one thing in common, they grow old very fast.


If you are in intense email contact with a person for instance during negotiations for a transaction, believe me by the time you are reading for the 15th time "He who can give thanks for little will always find he has enough.", you will have enough already.


Please, if you want to tell the world and your email contact which conviction you have, what your general mood is, what your life's insights are, do this once, privately and in a personal conversation.


Do not shove it down the throat of your unassuming partners in email, it gets very annoying and at the end achieves the opposite of what you intended - appreciation for your thoughts and convictions.




Comments (12)

Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

My signature is about like yours. Simple is better in my opinion!

Apr 28, 2013 09:28 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Annette,  I find it easier to simply not focus on things that I find annoying.  The signature line is not my concern. The content in the message is. 

Apr 28, 2013 09:28 AM
Annette Sievert
CB Valley Broker - Corvallis, OR
Corvallis, Oregon

And that is all one needs, Bill, I agree.

Kathleen, you cannot avoid reading the signature quote, thus the annoyance.. Nice for you when you can overlook this.


Apr 28, 2013 09:30 AM
Frank Harper
Idaho Family Real Estate - Boise, ID
Broker/Owner, Realtor, GRI, SFR.

Good advice!!! I agree!!!!

Apr 28, 2013 09:35 AM
Annette Sievert
CB Valley Broker - Corvallis, OR
Corvallis, Oregon

Thanks Frank, appreciated

Apr 28, 2013 09:40 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I never liked them, especially in a businees scenario. Use them on your personal emails if you want, but if they insist on using them in business, I know how to ignore them.

Apr 28, 2013 09:54 AM
Annette Sievert
CB Valley Broker - Corvallis, OR
Corvallis, Oregon

When they are in your face all the time it is hard to ignore them, I totally agree, not for business..

Apr 28, 2013 10:06 AM
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc - Gulf Breeze, FL
Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.

I would think the same about the name as it is there for the umptenth time as well. Good luck

Apr 28, 2013 10:10 AM
Annette Sievert
CB Valley Broker - Corvallis, OR
Corvallis, Oregon

Joyce, I think there is a huge difference between signing off wiht your name and contact data than with your belief system.

Apr 28, 2013 10:17 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Annette, I tend to ignore them anyway so after time I don't even see them.

Apr 28, 2013 11:58 AM
Annette Sievert
CB Valley Broker - Corvallis, OR
Corvallis, Oregon

Good for you, Debbie

Apr 28, 2013 01:22 PM
Mike Hall
Hasson Company Realtors - Lake Oswego, OR

Nice post, funny, thought provoking.  It takes all kinds to make the world go around.  I'm of the school that an email signature should be helpful/useful...and if it's entertaining too...well, in some circles that may be good.  Not so much in my professional circle, so I keep it (relatively) simple. 

The other thing is that it is sure a big help if you do have a "big" signature with links and logos, that you try not to include the signature in successive replies in the same thread.  Best not to make the thread any longer than it ought be.  I try and be mindful of that too. 

Apr 30, 2013 03:50 AM