“Let’s Touch Base” Alternatives That Communicate Confidence & Clarity

by Invested Media | February 2, 2018

What’s wrong with using “Let’s touch base”?

It’s too passive and doesn’t get the point across on what you want to accomplish. It also leaves the door open for interpretation.

Let’s touch base is a saying widely used. We are all guilty of it, especially us. It’s a derivative word, and it’s catchy- one person says it, and before you know it, we’re all telling each other we are going to touch base in emails and hurried conversations. “Let’s touch base” sounds less authoritative and casual, which makes it a default staple in email follow-ups.

A survey by Glassdoor revealed that one in four employees think “touch base” is nothing more than a vague buzzword. Although the survey numbers are not extreme, using this phrase may be irritating your prospects and connections. If you want to follow up with someone, be clear, and concise about your intentions. Succinctness establishes the presence of confidence and clarity.

“Touch Base” alternatives:

  1. Share our thoughts on…
  2. Update each other on…
  3. Brief each other on…
  4. Let’s speak about…
  5. Pick up where we left off…
  6. Let’s talk through…
  7. Learn more about…
  8. Share progress on…
  9. Provide an overview of…
  10. Swap feedback on…
  11. Restart our conversation about…

“I’ll call you on [date] at [time] to gauge your progress/see if you have any questions/review xyz.”

“Can we meet sometime [date] to discuss [topic]?”

These alternatives leave nothing to interpretation, and they spell out what the recipient can expect, and what the purpose of the conversation will be. If you and the recipient use multiple lines of communication, layout choices and communicate your willingness to plan the details. The primary goal of communication is to get a result. If you want to increase the probability of prospective clients reaching back- keep it clear, pain-free, and always leave them a choice.

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Erin Holmes

Head of Product, Invested Media

Erin is a partner at Invested Media, and manages product on the client-side. She wears many hats on the development, content, and marketing end, and leads teams through tactical plan implementation. A handful of the biggest companies in Fintech use her work.

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