When I drove into the meeting at 6 am my car showed an outside air temperature of minus 4.5 degrees C. It felt as if Nanook of the North would have felt uncomfortably cold.
From thereon in, everything else was sweetness, light and warmth. Attendance was high, 27 members present.
By the time we left the sun was piercing through the windows and was directly in the eyes of Richard Reed and John Freeman. All the ingredients for an excellent meeting and it did not disappoint.
This was delivered by Terry Maylin who illustrated the benefit of Google Reviews by referring to a client of T M Law who chose us on the website because of having the benefit of such reviews.
We should be revising and reviewing each other and also, as reminded by Scott Griffiths, for EBF too. If you are uncertain as to how to deal with this, have a word with Scott or other techy members. Ultimately Terry’s message is that we should all do it, and the sooner the better.
New member induction
Another induction this time Ben Golding of Utility Warehouse. Ben comes with a Pig that lights up which he apparently carries around wherever he goes.
The 60 Second Round
I am pleased to say that everybody was disciplined over the length of their offerings which was necessary given the numbers present.
Alan Moller turned up just as we were about to start. He has apparently been putting up a shed in his back garden. He clearly feels the need for a “man cave”. Perhaps he ought to sleep in it on Wednesday night to ensure what is normally his prompt attendance at our meetings.
Anna Cooper, our photographer demonstrated from photographs she had taken that with a portrait, “it’s what’s inside that counts”. Her claim as illustrated by the photographs is that through her photographic skills she “brings the inside out”.
There were two sets of London Buses this week. Jo Jones and Jo Eastwood obviously arrived one after the other and accordingly delivered their 60 seconds one after the other. Jo Jones was first, she was suggesting a Valentines day massage and Jo Eastwood produced a bottle (empty) that she had shared with a friend the night before. It is apparently only 5% proof, sweet and fizzy; an ideal accompaniment to banana and walnut cake.
The two Kevins were also next to each other.
No report about the 60 second round is complete without reference to the School of Whimsey and their offering. Nick Cooke was unexceptional, being all steel beams and structural inspections, although the lady who was enquiring about his services took him on because she thought he was a “nice man”. Alan Shaw was much more whimsical. First of all he had to remind himself of his name. He then asked if any of us had been watching “McMafia”. He then disclosed that in the early nineties he applied for and was interviewed for a job in Russia. Apparently the local mayor’s son was the project manager and I think he was slightly concerned about the possibility of having to design onion towers for the particular building. Anyway, it all ended well; he didn’t take the job and he still retains all the vital parts of his body if not his mind.
Brian Painter managed to go whimsical on us again. A compulsive liar who is cured of telling tales was followed by a 33 year old lady who sucks her thumb. Apparently taking her bottle away from her aged 2 forced her to use her thumb as a substitute.
John Freeman, our own “Odd Job” is still looking for quick in and out jobs. John Hammond by contrast is not concerned as to the size or time sent on the job but we would like to be indoors given the current weather.
By the time Kevin Radford rose to speak he decided the sky was blue and the sun was shining, he felt that spring was in the air. To celebrate he offered medical malpractice insurance. I wasn’t quite sure whether it covered medical practitioners looking to fend off claims or people receiving serious injuries at the hands of medicos.
Generally everyone was cheerful and messages were good and concise. In recognition of a sound recovery after forgetting his name, Alan Shaw was declared the winner of the Oscar.
This weeks statistics and points of note
- 27 Members present
- Ben Golding inducted
- Oscar winner Alan Shaw
- 29 referrals
- £18,000.00 worth of business recorded
10-minute presentation by Matt Barry
It was Matt Barry’s turn to do the presentation, he had a quiz for us which involved identifying partially obscured brand logo’s and extracts from well-known adverts. Stuart Smallcombe, who clearly watches far too much television, scored 32 out of 33. ….a bottle of beer was the prize. I couldn’t make out the brand logo or its name. There is irony everywhere.
There followed the Referrals and Testimonials Round which given the number of referrals was bound to be a success.
Next week it is half term, so all of those who aren’t tied up with half term duties, please make an extra effort to be there.