In my business, I often have to follow up with my clients via email. If it's been a long time, I'll often want to say something like this:

I'm trying to balance attentiveness with not (badgering, pestering, annoying) you...


I'd like to ensure I give your situation proper attention without becoming a (nuisance, pest, bother)...

How might I word this that is friendly and possibly a little more formal?

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    I think it is always unwise in business/sales/marketing to say 'I'm not trying to pressurise you, but. . . ' It nearly always means 'I would very much like to pressurise you but I would rather you didn't know I was actually doing it'. – Nigel J Nov 7 '17 at 23:48
  • touch base Briefly make or renew contact with someone. So, "I am emailing you to touch bases and to see if ..." – MikeJRamsey56 Nov 7 '17 at 23:56
  • Whatever you really want to say please note quite strongly, none of the words or phrases in your examples has anything to do with whether it's been a long time or your follow-up was instant or anything in between. I think your Question belongs elsewhere. To the extent it's really about English, English Language Learners would be more suitable. To the extent it's about your business or profession, there might be many sites or forums dealing with either. Nigel is right: with badgering or anything else, I’m not… but… is at best confusing or disingenuous; often simply dishonest. – Robbie Goodwin Nov 8 '17 at 21:30

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