How do you know when someone (not necessarily you) has the last word? I find in cases like this, I don’t like to leave a person hanging, but I just don’t know when I am becoming redundant in my replies. Not only does it start to border on the ridiculous, but it just starts to become a timewaster. What to do, what to do?
Sometimes I try to cut the conversation short by combining two or more possible comments into one. I may write something such as “thanks for your help and I will contact you if I need anything more. Have a nice day.” This way, rather than attempting a brief response and then having to reply and reply again, it is done in one.
At least with a telephone call, you both say good bye and hang up. East and done. You wouldn’t think of calling the person back to say “have a nice day”. Your conversation finished when you disconnected. With email, you seem to be perpetually connected – just a click away. Maybe that is what makes it so hard to know who has the last word.
What do you think? How do you decide who sends the last email?