We often say “as per our conversation”, to reflect upon something that has been previously discussed. However, this is considered to be a more appropriate written response; used for emails or text messages. Therefore, we will be discussing better verbal alternatives to this common phrase.
What Can I Say Instead Of “As Per Our Conversation”?
With any phrase, there are always better options for us to use. This article will be taking a look at the following choices:
- As previously mentioned
- As discussed
- As requested
- As instructed
- As agreed
- Following our conversation
- In accordance to
- To summarize
- Pursuant to the conversation
- Last time we spoke
The preferred version is “as previously mentioned”. This is because this alternative is deemed much more formal and appropriate for a verbal conversation with someone. This also makes this statement an excellent option in a professional setting. We are clearly conveying what we will be discussing to our audience.
As Previously Mentioned
“As previously mentioned,” is our preferred alternative to the original statement. When we’re discussing something with someone in person, it’s always important to properly convey our message, opinion, etc. When we say “as previously mentioned”, our audience is aware that we’re drawing on a point from something previously discussed.
When we use this phrase, we are putting emphasis on what was “previously mentioned”. This will be considered our base or starting point of conversation.
Here are a few examples of how we can use this phrase:
- As previously mentioned, I’m not comfortable performing that task.
- We will be leaving at 7am and as previously mentioned, our first pitstop won’t be until around noon!
- As previously mentioned, the report is due by 5pm this evening.
Another great option for a phrase that we can choose to use is, “as discussed”. When we say this, we are speaking in the past tense, as this is something that has been previously discussed. This is another considerably formal and professional way of drawing on past conversational points.
When we say “as discussed” we are acknowledging past points, however, this is often the beginning of a new discussion that merely relates to an older one. This is a good time to update information or provide additional.
Some examples of how we can use this phrase are:
- As discussed, the meeting will need to be moved back until Friday.
- As discussed, we will be in need of additional resources to complete our project.
- I know what you’re going to ask and as discussed, my answer is still no.
“As requested,” is a good option that we can utilize if we see fit. We will often use this statement in response to a favor or task that someone has asked of us. Generally, this statement will be followed by presenting the information, item, etc., that was requested of us.
This is considered both a formal and professional way of responding to a favor or request by someone. We are clearly stating what will be presented or what has been accomplished.
To further clarify, here are a few examples of this phrase used in a sentence:
- As requested, here are the new socks that you were in need of.
- I will be faxing over your medical records, as requested.
- I have sent you a copy of both the files and graphs, as requested.
“As instructed” is another well-suited alternative to utilize. When we say this, we’re cordially allowing someone know that we’re working on or have completed a task, according to the instructions we were given. This is considered a highly professional response, as we’re often required to complete tasks while working.
This phrase is best used when we have been “instructed” by someone, on the proper way or their preferred way, for us to complete something. We trying to convey that we have followed along accordingly, which does make us reliable.
In addition, here are a few examples for us to look at:
- As instructed, I’ve sent the CEO a copy of the minutes from our last meeting.
- As instructed, I removed the hangnail, cleaned the area and bandaged the open wound.
- I listened very carefully and as instructed, I was able to parallel park my truck.
“As agreed” is another appropriate alternative we use in place of our original statement. In this case, we are highlighting something that was agreed upon between us and someone else, during a previous discussion. This could be in terms of an agreed upon task, assignment, etc.
When we are using this phrase, we are speaking in past tense, as we are discussing something that has already been made into an agreement.
This is considered another formal response, once again making it proper to use in the workplace.
Here are a few examples we can go over in regards to this phrase:
- As agreed, we can have one cookie after we are finished our dinner.
- Yes, and as agreed, I will pick you up tomorrow morning at 8 am.
- As agreed, we cannot terminate people without proper cause.
Following Our Conversation
We can use “following our conversation” similarly to our other options. We often say this when we wish to discuss something that has occurred after a previous conversation. This is considered a proper was of introducing the effect of new details.
We can also use this phrase if we wish to highlight the results of a previous discussion. For example, if someone has given us a task in a previous conversation, we can use this phrase to begin explaining the completion or status report of said task.
Some ways in which we can use this phrase in a sentence are:
- Following our conversation, I was able to complete the report, as you instructed.
- Following our conversation, I changed the necessary aspects to my assignment. I believe it will be considered satisfactory now.
- Following our conversation, I went home and contemplated my actions and I would now like to apologize.
In Accordance To
We can use “in accordance to” when we wish to speak in reference to something previously discussed, learned, etc. At the same time, we can also see fit to use “according to” when we mean “as reported or as stated by” – referring to official guidelines, rules, etc.
Generally, we will use this statement when we are expressing how we have adhered to the guidelines, or when we expect that of someone else.
For further explanation, here are a few helpful examples:
- In accordance to the criminal code, he was charged with a misdemeanor offence.
- In accordance to company policy, we must all wear our uniform for the duration of each shift.
- In accordance to our school’s rules, we do not allow bullying in any form!
Another excellent alternative option we can use is “to summarize”. We can use this phrase when we wish to go over the main points of a discussion. Similarly, we can use “to summarize” when we wish to conclude a conversation with a brief statement.
When we say “to summarize” we are allowing our audience to know that we wish to go over the keep concepts or points from a previous or just concluded conversation or lesson.
This is considered a formal and professional way to conclude our speech, presentation, etc.
Here are a few examples to help highlight how we can use this phrase:
- To summarize, we all must do our part to assist in cleaning up our schoolyard. To be cleanly, is to show pride in our school.
- To summarize, we still need to purchase the tent, tables, and chairs for our outdoor wedding.
- To summarize, the princess realized her own strength and that she didn’t need a prince to come and save her.
Pursuant With Our Conversation
“Pursuant with our conversation” is arguably the most formal and professional alternative that we will discuss. This is another familiar phrase, referring to the execution or carrying out of a task. We will often say this upon discussing the completion of said task or favor.
The word “pursuant” essentially means to be in accordance with, following, or even in the pursuit of something. We use this when we wish to highlight our ability to both pay attention and follow tasks accordingly.
Some ways in which we can use this more formal phrase are:
- Pursuant with our conversation, I was able to complete the necessary tasks and begin next weeks’.
- Pursuant to our conversation, I tracked down the missing files and faxed them over to head office.
- Pursuant to our conversation, I went and made an appointment with my therapist. I do need to work on my anger management skills.
Last Time We Spoke
The last alternative we’ll go over is “last time we spoke”. This is a very clearly expressed statement, as the audience should know exactly what we wish to discuss. We are highlighting the need to go over past details, opinions, etc., from the latest conversation we had with someone.
This is considered to be a shortened or more casual version of “since the last time we spoke”, however, it is still considered applicable and professional enough to use in a workplace setting.
Finally, we will go over our last few examples:
- Last time we spoke, you had mentioned new allergies you were experiencing. Did you figure out what was bothering you?
- Last time we spoke, you had discussed your marital problems. How has that situation been going?
- Last time we spoke, you seemed very down. I hope you’re feeling better!
Is It Correct To Say “As Per Our Conversation”
It is most certainly correct to say “as per our conversation”. While this phrase is generally reserved for written conversations, like emails, it’s still applicable in verbal conversations. We’re merely attempting to refer to a point, instruction, opinion, etc., that was brought up as a result of a previous conversation.
Martin holds a Master’s degree in Finance and International Business. He has six years of experience in professional communication with clients, executives, and colleagues. Furthermore, he has teaching experience from Aarhus University. Martin has been featured as an expert in communication and teaching on Forbes and Shopify. Read more about Martin here.