Between ebooks, case studies, data sheets, proposals, and contracts, you probably send email attachments on a daily — if not hourly — basis.
And that means you might be using the common phrase “Please find attached.” Other variations include “Attached please find,” Please kindly find the attached file,” Please find the attached file for your reference,” “Enclosed please find,” and the ultra-wordy, “Please find attached herewith.”
Should you use “Please find attached”?
No. First, it sounds stuffy and overly formal. You want to strike a conversational, natural tone with your prospect — not write like a nineteenth-century lawyer. Second, this phrase is unnecessary. Your attachment will show up in the email, so there’s no need to announce its existence. Third, it’s a “request” that’s not optional. Like “thanks in advance,” that can make prospects bristle.
Alternatives to “Please find attached”
Option 1: Simply attach the file
If the sole purpose of your email is sending an attachment, cut the phrase entirely.
Monthly progress report
Nearly doubled my connect call conversion rate this month. I’m still a little shaky on demos; planning on doing some extra prep for my next ones. Looking forward to discussing with you.
Option 2: “Here is”
You can also opt for “here’s [title of the attachment.]” Short and sweet.
2017 pricing options
Great talking to you today and learning more about Kensington’s plans to expand into the French market. Here’s the pricing information you asked for.
Let me know if you have any questions before our call tomorrow.
Option 3: “I’ve attached”
This is another simple, non-jargon-y alternative.
Getting employees to share their feedback?
Congratulations on the promotion! I’ve worked with many People Ops directors (including LiveHire and 25/8) and know one of your first priorities is often increasing employee survey participation. I’ve attached an ebook with some helpful strategies — page 32 in particular has good ideas.
Would love to discuss how you could apply these to Granted; if you’re open to that, here’s a link to my calendar: [Link to Meetings tool.]
Option 4: “This [X] has …”
You can also describe the attachment’s contents, such as, “This case study includes …” or “This business case explains …”
Might be good to show your boss
Hope your trip went well and you got in plenty of beach time. This report shows the impact of effective sales training on quota attainment; might be useful to show to your boss if she’s looking for potential ROI.
Option 5: “I’m sharing [X] with you.”
This statement subtly puts you and your prospect on the same team, making your relationship feel more collaborative.
Have answers for you
I did a little digging and found the answers to your questions. I’m sharing a PDF with you that lists our reselling policies. Let me know if you have any follow up questions.
These “please find attached” alternatives will make your emails feel less stiff and stilted. Small words, big impact.