Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 27th November 2016.
19 in all including Nikhil Shah who is applying to join, this coupled, with Tina Walker’s request for an application form so that she can re-join the group, represents a good news day.
Brian Painter took charge of the Education Slot this week and looked at the “referral slip” and how to deal with it through the eyes of the recipient. A useful reminder of our obligations, to those members who do give us referrals, to deal promptly and efficiently with them.
Best wishes to Matt Barry who is under the surgeons knife for his knee, our best regards for a speedy recovery.
The 60 second round had a Halloween theme, which, despite Richard Reed’s admonitions when awarding the Oscar at the end of the round, produced some notable contributions.
Tina Walker had threatened to come round and see people on her broomstick in order to tidy up their paperwork. Alan Shaw rejected it as a festival because it was American but introduced it into his 60 without approving of it.
Scott Griffiths told of horror stories when websites are hacked. Mercifully we were spared Brian Painter’s oft told joke about “ghosts” and “ghoulies”. For those of you who cannot remember it, you don’t get grabbed by the “ghosts”….
Jill Willis told of a ghoulish marketing gaff and Paul Booth revealed that there was not the ghost of a dog in the Hermitage, it was just one of his beezer wheezes. Steve Roach gave us details of a Halloween event being sponsored by Phoenix FM and Jo Eastwood produced a Mexican Death Mask Vodka. The advantage with Jo’s props is that they are all alcoholic and as this was no exception and she was inline for the Oscar but it finally went to Steve Roach.
So much for the Halloween theme. Was there anything else of note? Well Nick Cooke told of huge bifold doors and huge beams. He wasn’t the only person bigging it up, Alan Heggie boasted a host of Qualifications, but none of them seem to enable him to make the car drive itself.
Richard Reed was telling us of “loads of offers” which included a sale of Sandals. A great deal for the Summer but not, I should think, at this time of year. A sobering but not ghoulish presentation was Terry Maylin’s. Make sure you know who you are dealing with when you agree to do a job for them. He gets sleepless nights about this; he shouldn’t but you should if you do not know who to sue when you are not being paid for what you have done.
So ended a very varied 60 second round.
Brian Painter was multitasking and was the 10 minute presenter. His 10 minutes was a little different from usual. He demonstrated how he actually deals with a client. Always ready to step into the breach, and this time sporting pink wig and tennis balls arranged under his shirt, was Paul Booth. His role was that of somebody who had a fear of flying. He did manfully (or was it womanfully) well to keep his voice high for most of the time. The pink wig and the slight bearded growth made him look like he was auditioning for an advertisement for extra strength kitchen towels. Brian explained the effect of adrenalin when your subconscious is trying to protect you. It apparently instils a fight or flight approach. In Paul’s case, a flight approach would have worked!!! The questions that followed included an enquiry from Stuart Smallcombe as to whether people dropped off to sleep when they were being hypnotised. Brian’s response was, effectively, is that he did not let them. He did not quite say how he achieved this; this was left to our imagination or perhaps our sub-conscious.
Following Brian’s presentation which was, as always, well received, there was a good referrals round and the meeting ended with a reminder about next Wednesday and EBF’s Exhibiting. Keep your eyes open for the emails from Scott and or Jill on this.
I hope to see as many of you as possible at the event next week.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 20th October 2016.
19 Members present and 1 visitor, Stephanie Sallows an Employment Coordinator.
As we all know David Plumley is in Chile. His organisation skills did not desert him however before he left and he had made full preparation for others to deal with the Education Slot in his absence.
This week it was Paul Booth and we were in for a treat!!! He told us all about uberisation and then proceeded to explain how easy it was. We were then further treated to a baffling check list of things to do in relation to hailing a taxi that would ultimately turn out to be cheaper and more efficient than yer average black cab. Basically his message was that things change and we should be able to change with them. Whether Uber itself will survive a court judgement as to whether it employs or doesn’t employ it’sdrivers remains to be seen. What I feel I can do in this Blog however is add to your understanding of uberisation. It has reached India. An uber-like smart phone app has been launched in India aiming at making it easier for farmers to hire tractors. Apparently hourly rental can be obtained for between 400 and 700 Rupees…..a fiver to you. You heard it here first!!
What of the 60 second round:
One theme was people being busy. Mike Rogers was busy, Michael Adelizzi was busy, Kim had been busy all week and Kevin Brooks had hoped not to be busy but had got another job in Walthamstow and already feels in the need of a holiday. Alan Moller was definitely busy with 20 jobs backed up. He came out with the revelation that he has a white board indoors, which caused me (perhaps unfairly) to enquire whether he was a nobo fetishist. He had to leave early, which was perhaps just as well, as the referrals round had him receiving at least 5 new referrals.
Donna Evans has been busy all week matching Poles. Whether she will be able to continue doing this post brexit remains to be seen.
Nick Cooke was absent but the School of Whimsy was well represented. Brian Painter, fresh from the black sands of Tenerife,painted a wonderful picture of himself in speedos sitting on a beach sipping a Pina Colada. What should come along but errant cigarette smoke from a lady several yards down the beach. He apparently could not see the smoke but he smelt it. 80% of cigarette smoke is apparently invisible. I am pleased to report however that he made it back safely. A contender for the School of Whimsy this week was Jo Jones because unusually she was selling a drum kit rather than any fitness aids. Alan Shaw, on the other hand apparently, had a week when everything was going well for him until 5 pm last night when he had a telephone call from a Planning Officer indicating that a scheme for one of his clients had been kicked out by the Environmental Agency. One of the things I found hard to believe about this scenario was that a Planning Officer was still in the office at 5pm to give him the telephone call.
The Naughty Table was subdued. This can normally be put down to the absence of Howard Bullock and today was no exception. Somehow the others just do not function (in a naughty way) without his presence.
This week was my chance to get back at everyone else, because I was awarding the Oscar. It was awarded without hesitation to Richard Reed who not only emphasised what he did but also the personal nature of his service as the reason why we should use him…that and the fact that he bombards us with holidays offers.
Brian Painter was standing in for David Plumley this week and introduced our 10 minute speaker, Terry Maylin. He produced a very precise and clear explanation of how TM Law can help clients who are either landlords or tenants in dealing with residential or commercial property. Some of the pit falls that he explained were not entirely legal, for instance the use of a Taser on a tenant by a landlord. It was certainly one stage up from the mugging that he tries to give any one on the other side that he is dealing with.
He was promptly followed by the referrals round which, given our relatively low numbers this week, was excellent. There were 24 referrals and in excess of £11,000 worth of business written.
There was a committee meeting after the meeting closed in relation to the exhibition on Wednesday 2nd November 2016 in which EBF are partaking. There are plans afoot that are being currently co-ordinated by Jill Willis and Scott Griffiths. Please look out for emails and deal with them promptly.
As always I look forward to next week’s meeting.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 14th October 2016.
Three holidays, two funerals and child duty counted at a stroke for 6 members being absent, but we managed to muster 19.
Education Slot was the fantasy of Kim Redwood-Lee. She performed this duly with the help of the 3 stooges Alan Shaw, Paul Booth and Terry Maylin. She recited the various stages arising from membership of EBF. Alan Shaw took one step forward illustrating each individual step in the journey of becoming a fully effective member of EBF. When Alan Shaw took his final step Paul Booth tried to fall over and Terry Maylin caught him. All of this was intended to illustrate your growth to true enlightenment in EBF and the establishment of the “circle of trust”. The casual reader of this Blog will probably by now be muttering to himself “…what the hell is he talking about…” If someone other than Kim can provide a concise and clear explanation please use the comments section below. For one horrible moment I though Kim was trying to enlist in the School of Whimsy.
It was with relief that we hit the 60 second round.
Our most quotable member, Jo Jones did not disappoint. She talked about “…body work..” and in speaking of her massage claimed “..it was like an MOT…”.
Mike Rogers sounded as if he was running a kindergarten. He talked of pre-first time buyers, catching them young and looking after them from cradle to grave. Presumably this is all in the comfort and convenience of their own home.
It was good to see Tina Walker coming back into the fold. At least I thought it was, but then she mentioned the C word, that it was 11 weeks away and I suddenly felt very gloomy.
Alan Shaw can always be relied upon to raise your spirits however. He is taking on the role of an anti-eco warrior. He has been battling with the environment agency on behalf of a client. Our super hero deserved a good enquiry this week, apparently someone up in the clouds heard his 60 second rendition last week and that he was looking for churches. He got the next best thing, a place of worship. Apparently an enquiry about a new mosque.
He was relevantly followed by Richard Reed who amongst other things was offering his India Tour…plenty of mosque’s out there!!
Scott Griffiths was rather esoteric this week. Advising a client who sold e liquids. He apparently set him straight and awarded him puff points. These are not places where you stop for a rest if you have been exercising. If anybody wishes to enlighten me the comments box is below.
Donna Evans was like the old lady who lived in a shoe. She visited a house with so many windows she did not know what to do.
Allan Moller managed by contrast to produce a limerick about the lady from Ealing. Everybody was relieved that it did not go on to refer to a ceiling.
Talking of limericks, somewhat unusually Steve Roach was good enough to award the Oscar to me. I had been at a loose end on Wednesday afternoon and managed to include Wills, Leases and Lasting Powers of Attorney in successive limericks. A fourth glorified TM Law and all without a rude word. Surely a record of some sort.
All in all a good 60 second round that was followed by an even better 10 minute presentation. Jo Eastwood’s approach was everything a 60 second or 10 minute presentation should be. It challenged us to find her referrals, particularly external ones and it told us exactly what her products were so that we could find these. I would have this opinion of her presentation whether or not she had provided me, along with the other members, with a taster of white port.
When I arrived at the meeting it was raining, as we drew to a close with the referrals and testimonial rounds the sun got out.
Let’s try for a really good turn out next week and I hope to see you all then.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 6th October 2016.
Another well attended and vibrant meeting. There were 21 members present and 2 guests; Nikhil Shah, a Dentist and Lewis Ward for the second time whose business is car leasing.
Tina Walker also showed her face at the beginning of the meeting and is threatening to come back next week.
All good meetings need good start. David Plumley obliged, producing an Ed Slot setting out “10 secrets” as to how you could waste your time at EBF. His delivery started out ironic and finished up sarcastic but it got the message over… that we need to turn up and pay attention when we are here.
Scott Griffiths was on a secret mission which was unfortunately unsuccessful; he returned and took the opportunity to infiltrate the Naughty Table instead. Terry Maylin stood in for him above the salt. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The Naughty Table was accordingly depleted by the absence of Stuart Smallcombe who had been forced off the table and was obliged to sit on the next door table. He sort of sat sideways on and tried to infiltrate the Naughty Table. It was all very confusing…
You can normally rely on the School of Whimsy to provide a backdrop to the 60 second round that keeps you confused. This week Brian Painter of course was absent and the spotlight accordingly fell on Alan Shaw and Nick Cooke. Nick Cooke, rather boringly, had been involved with a residents committee meeting so there wasn’t much to be had from him; Alan Shaw on the other hand was a little more useful. An old client from years back had premises in Harwich and wanted some sort of conversion plans doing. That was pretty straight forward but everything from there started turning whimsical. He had been to a lecture at Anglia University on the fabric and structure of Churches and indeed Canterbury Cathedral. It sort of went on until after two minutes he sat down in confusion (for us, not him). Unfortunately at the moment there is not much call for the building of churches but………
What did emerge from the meeting however is a new candidate to join the Whimsies, namely the electric Mr Alan Moller. In his 60 seconds he talked about break ins and lights that will scare off burglars. Innocuous you might say but his claim to association with the Whimsies was really made in his 10 minute presentation. It is not normal that I mix up the 10 minutes presentation with the 60 second round but it is important for future Blogs what we get this straight. His 10 minute presentation spent a couple of minutes giving something of his background and how he got to where he is. He then turned to technology and having managed to plug in his laptop we were regaled with photographs from his holiday. We were given an insight into his summer motor bike journey round Europe. He managed such feats as parking his motor cycle in a hotel’s reception (“there was only a little bit of oil, from the chain, which I mopped up with a cloth”), he managed a spot of dogging whilst parking in what he thought was a secluded area and gave us the sort of guide that is very helpful to people like Richard Reed. Indeed it should have been a presentation by Richard Reed. I think we can all, after this 10 minute presentation, well and truly welcome Alan to the School of Whimsy…congratulations Al.
Right! Back to the 60 second round!
Donna was striking in her sun tan, Jo Jones was striking once again in being eminently quotable. Examples included “..we all love a prop..” and even better “..it’s not just about shakes..”
Dean Caldon not only was able to boast 12 sales on his books but also that he has a new apprentice. Apparently he is called “Jack”, we wish him well but must hope that under Dean’s tutelage he is able to avoid large men and climbing vegetables.
I happened to mention in my 60 seconds that I was happy doing the work that I do. This prompted Michael Adelizzi to confirm that he is also happy when people come in to his shop. Michael frequently describes his emporium and how it displays both bathroom and kitchenware; my own abiding impression, because I bought two from him, was that he has a very good line in king sized loos. I think we can safely christen these premises “the House of Thrones”.
David Plumley tried to frighten us. He spoke of disasters with regard to computers which apparently “ran somewhere”. It took me a little while to realise he was not alluding to the recent triumph of the British at the Olympics. It was only when he started talking about backups that I realised my mistake, “ransom ware”, of course.
Terry Maylin talked of a lady from Cobham. My challenge to you all is, in commenting on this Blog, that you produce a limerick that starts “There once was a lady from Cobham…”. The winner, to be judged by Terry Maylin, might receive a prize but it really won’t be worth anything other than the honour.
Jo Eastwood was flogging beers this week. One that gloried under the name of “Bloody Notorious” was 4.79% strength. She also has gluten free beer. Gluten free beer? I’ve seen the future!!
Whatever next, well, a realisation that Jo Eastwood was also awarding the Oscar and she awarded it to none other than Steve Roach. He gave us good news about his radio station but also that he had been photographed with a chicken. Apparently a new outlet of Nandos was advertising through the station and in order to qualify for a free meal he had to stand next to and be photographed with a chicken. Let’s hope they do not take on Anne Summers otherwise he might have to have his photograph taken with……here’s the second challenge for you in commenting on this Blog. Who or what might he be asked to be photographed with in such an instance?
Any further commentary on the 60 second round would be merely self-indulgent. So I will move on to other good news. The referrals and testimonials round revealed around £20,500.00 worth of business recorded and referrals hitting the 30 mark.
Another good effort by everybody and an excellent turnout, let’s hope we can repeat it again next week.
Business Networking Meeting review, 29th Sept 2016
by Jill Willis
This week’s Essex Business Forum meeting was a not the busiest on record, but with 20 members in attendance it still packed a punch.
Howard Bullock of Clear Financial Advice (standing in for Aidan Squire of Quality HR) chaired confidently. Guiding us all through the proceedings.
Headlines to take away and savour include;
- Paul Booth, of Booth & Co Chartered and Certified Accountants, is back on a winning streak. Taking first place again this week in the performance league.
- Scott Griffiths of Eseyo Web Design came in second, with Kim Redwood-Lee of Redwood Clarke Bookkeeping Services in third.
- Jo Eastwood of Liquorice independent wine merchant, scooped the 60 second award – for her description of a recent commemorative trip to the battle fields of The Somme. She remembered her grandfather Tom, and shared a wonderful local wine ‘Dopft’ from Northern France.
- This month we have so far passed £76,600 of new business – well ahead of the monthly average!
- Visitor Lewis Ward, of Best Car Finder vehicle leasing joined us, and showcased his expertise. We hope to welcome him back next week.
- Halloween theme! Thursday 27th October will be Halloween week. So think of spooky 60 second ideas, and maybe even dress up (Paul).
The Education Slot was presented by Jill Willis, of Words By Jill. She talked about productivity…and the key to success. Do less, and get more done. These are the top 5 pointers courtesy of author Shaa Wasmund and her book Do Less, Get More:
One: Understand your rhythms. If you are at your most creative between 8am and 10am then don’t check mundane emails during this time! Take time to understand what works for you.
Two: Batch tasks. Consider having a ‘meeting’ day, a ‘research’ day, an ‘admin’ day.
Three: Escape the ‘when…then…’ trap. You’ll never be 100% ready to begin a project, so stop chasing perfection and get started.
Four: Filter your talents. If you chase two rabbits, one is bound to escape. So pick one goal and dedicate all resources to making it happen.
Five: Schedule. Identify the actions you need to take, and pin point the help you’ll need from others. Breaking things down into simple steps means you’ll be less likely to flounder.
The 60 second round had some interesting topics this week. Marcelle Saad of Marcelle Saad Diamonds turned her attention to pearls. Giving a wonderful description of the creative settings, and bespoke design services she offers to her clients.
Dean Caldon of Grace & Rose showed that the property market continues to perform with new instructions for a 3-bedroom house in Brentwood, and x2 4-bedroom homes in Billericay.
Stuart Smallcombe of LG Networks gave us an insight into high speed voice and data networks…but not as you might first expect. His 60 seconds focused on a last-minute project completed for a client who had to move offices the next day! It was achieved of course, and Stuart reminded us that he is always available to help clients who are relocating offices (just perhaps not that quickly every time).
Richard Reed of Prestige Holidays and Travel took bespoke holiday planning to a new level. He made us chuckle with his tale of a brief he worked on recently for a client. So specific were the requirements that even the colour of the hire car had been specified; red.
We all said hearty congratulations to Steve Roach, and the team at Phoenix FM. The West Ham Way sports podcast has been nominated for a national award, alongside Five Live and Talk Sport. Not bad for our local Brentwood radio station! He reminded us all that the station actively supports local charities too, and asked that we mention him to charity fundraisers who may be looking for new ways to garner support and raise awareness of their cause within the local community.
Finally, Scott Griffiths, of ESEYO web design and hosting, gave an outstanding 10-minute presentation, helping us to navigate the minefield of web site build. Leaving us in no doubt. We shouldn’t use a cowboy web designer (even though they may be a little cheaper). There’s the shortcut way and then there’s the ESEYO way. We know which we’d all prefer.
From premium WordPress framework design, to premium hosting, optimised content, mobile & tablet friendly design and easy to use reporting tools. His service, as so many members vouched, is the best around by a mile.
For more information on the services Scott provides, contact 01277 849443 or visit www.eseyo.com
Next Week – If your business is taking part in the Phoenix FM advertising campaign remember to pass on a referral slip to Steve. Plus, bring your diaries, and we’ll try to ear-mark a date for the Christmas get together.
See you next week!
Jill (in for Aidan)
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 22nd September 2016.
Great turnout; 23 Members and 2 visitors, Ryan Donahue Insurance Broker and Neil Garrett Plasterer, here for the second time. The meeting was already buzzing when David Plumley rose to deliver the Ed Slot. His theme was “priorities”; these should be conscious decisions with reference to lifestyle and fixing the importance of work or even EBF within our life style. It was a good introduction to get the meeting under way.
The Performance League, Scott Griffiths confirmed Paul Booth as currently in the lead. Everything seems to be getting back to normal.
What of the 60 second round.
It would appear this working week has raised various issues for various of our members.
Mike Rogers was practicing being retired and has decided that although he is seven years away he doesn’t want too much work so he can reach retirement intact and remain his usual cheery self. Jo Jones has been busy with massages and Michael Adelizzi is having to consider commission for his staff who operate from the shop.
Nick Cooke felt that he had been away for a such a long period of time he needed to effectively reintroduce himself…. and so he did speaking constructively about structural design. Some whimsy from him Alan Shaw who drifted quite a bit. A client from 3 years ago had built a house on a 3 acre site. He wanted him to do something… but I am sure I am not alone in not quite understanding what.
Carmel Jane has been involved in a school project; she produced examples of photographs she has taken. Her skill is obvious and apparent. I have been inspired to positively go looking to recommend her whenever I can. I do not think anyone could fail to appreciate the quality of her work.
Steve Roach was sipping water but this I understand is because he has just received an invitation to the races at Newbury with Champagne and all the trimmings. He was good enough to offer 2 further tickets for anyone who was willing to take him up and accompany him but you had to get to Shenfield Station shortly after the meeting. I would be interested whether anyone else joined him or at least how much Steve managed to drink during the course of the day. That’s what the comments section of this blog is for!!!
Brian Painter is about to depart to Tenerife but he seemed already there. He is however still looking out for smokers. By contrast Howard Bullock is looking for recovering alcoholics to assist with trying to get insurance cover and he is going nowhere. Great shirt Howard.
There was also an ablutorial theme, Scott Griffiths has a client who hires portable toilets. Alan Shaw was fascinated by a slowly descending toilet seat, all of which was a good advertisement for Michael Adelizzi. Kevin Brooks talked of a ball park price for an extension. He did not seem to know what a ball park would cost but because he prepares careful bills of quantity at the least the client would know in the end.
The Oscar went to Jill Willis for pointing out that if you use software packages for producing or helping produce your product, check out the extras on it.
Scott Griffiths had the enviable task of announcing in the Meeting Secretary’s Report the good numbers that we produced today. There were 36 or did I see a final 37 referrals and there was in excess of £30,000.00 worth of business written.
This led us in to the 10 minute presentation. Kevin Brooks was the man of the day and he appeared before us looking less like a builder than anyone else in the room. He also manfully toyed with technology that included a video presentation that had as its principal boy Nick Cooke. All in all however it was an excellent presentation showing Kevin’s work to best effect and the video was also a lesson in how quickly you can demolish an internal wall.
There then followed the referrals and testimonials round which, with the amount of referrals and monitory acknowledgements,showed what a vibrant and successful group we are. With that thought in mind I look forward to next week.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 15th September 2016.
Great turnout, 24 in all including Jithin George from Crosspay.
We had a good start with Scott Griffiths delivering the Ed Slot. His theme was expectations and the necessity of businesses to manage their standards and the expectations of their client/customers. He finished up preaching the gospel of the benefits of being “consistently average”. In doing so he also managed to throw up sufficient of the whimsical and the incongruous to create the right atmosphere for the rest of the meeting. There was of course a serious point to all this which wasn’t lost on members…….maybe!!!
When the 60 second round got underway there was something of a theme of “heat”. References abounded.
Marcelle had explained that the rarest colour of Sapphire is purple. As it is the stone for a 45th wedding anniversary it’s not something we really need worry about. From purple to Jo Eastwood. With this September being the hottest September since 1973, coincidentally when “Last of the Summer Wine” first started, she has had a purple patch selling lots of Rose, which presumably is helping her customers cope with the heat. She was promptly followed by Michael Adelizzi who tried to throw some light on extractor fans. Talk about hot!!! Michael’s top of the range extractor fan “turns itself on”. If by this time the temperature was rising, then we were brought down to earth by Sharon Conway who had a cold. Her voice only just held out for the 60 seconds. Well done Sharon.
Stuart Smallcombe told of a client who instructed him through the wife of the partnership to go for a telephone system that was not the cheapest (£500.00) but top of the range (£2,000.00). It was no surprise to Stuart that they reverted to the £500.00 job once the husband got involved.
It was my intention in this Blog to ignore for once the competing forces of the School of Whimsy and the Naughty Table. There were some gems however which need to be put into the mix emanating from these august bodies. Alan Shaw had instructions from a householder to create two separate flats in a house so that a disabled son could look after his aging father. Brian Painter had three clients to talk about all of whom were addicted to the following:
- Coke (the liquid variety…I think)
- Jumbo Crisps. If ever there was an elephant in the room !
Anyway our Pilgrim dealt very effectively with these three addicts using EFT. Apparently you touch various parts of your body and suddenly the focus of your addiction no longer tastes pleasant. Something similar to acupuncture I believe. Alan and Brian certainly kept up the Whimsical side of the meeting. However they weren’t alone and Howard Bullock, very firmly of the Naughty Table was exceedingly whimsical with a tale of a fisherman who was going to go out of business because they were dredging the Thames. With reference to pensions as opposed to fishing “little pots make bigger pots”…you had to be there really!
Gill Willis fondly remembered Roahl Dahl. Her 60 seconds was lickswishy and delumptious. There was no hint of uckyslush orrotsome about her presentation. In fact it could be said that the whole of the 60 second presentation was scrumdiddlyumptious.
David Plumley bordered on the frenetic in illustrating how a lot of our businesses are synergetic and Alan Moller proved it by talking about extractor fans, and not only those that turn themselves on.
No 60 second round up is complete without Richard Reed’s offering. He was talking USA and indirect flights but produced what appears on the face of it to be an uncomfortable 5 nights on a hard rock for £499.00.
The Oscar however went to something really sensible, namely Anne Clarke explaining the importance of credit control and the way in which to go about doing it. She probably deserved if only for bringing us all down to earth, well done Anne, it was nice to see you after several months.
The 60 second round was followed very quickly by the Meeting Secretaries Report and he was able to refer to the £36,150.00 worth of business recorded which is excellent for a single meeting.
Modesty constrains me from dwelling on the 10 minute presentation which was an attempt by me to be instructive on the topic of Contracts of Employment. It is a tribute to my content and delivery that one of the first questions up was about a Will. Before that question, a question about a banana. It was only Matt Barry who saved me from total despair by giving me a referral relating to Contracts o Employment. Thanks Matt.
For those of you with any sense of recall and with a softer side to their character; I did go to the dentist, I did not have anything horrible done to me but unfortunately it will be happening in about 2 weeks’ time.
Next week however is another day and I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Thursday 11th August 2016.
Despite holidays dominating the attendance we had 17 members present and Alan Heggie as a third time visitor looking to join.
The Ed Slot was delivered by David Plumley himself, whose topic was how to structure the 10 minute presentation. A useful reminder to us all of this section of the meeting that is of importance to both the presenter and the members listening.
Matters sartorial were dominated by socks of various colours. Alan Shaw’s were green, David Plumley’s were pink, Scott Griffiths sported socks of an olivy hue but pride of place must go to Nick Cooke who sported red and white hoops. They were quite stunning.
The 60 second round was positively enhanced by the re-emergence of the School of Whimsy. Alan Shaw (of the green socks) told of a head mistress wanting to do something different, which led him on to remind us that he was available for feasibility studies. This was the Alan we have come to know and love almost back to his best. Nick Cooke (of the red and white hoop socks) spoke of a wedding in Coggeshall where his son was the best man and a reception in a barn. Gathered together in one place he realised that there were 5 people all of whom had obtained a mortgage from Mike Rogers, indeed when he though to include himself and his wife that became 7. As with his co-founder, Alan Shaw, he was totally off message. Brian Painter a more recent recruit to said school has been shouldering its burden over recent weeks but this week he was absolved this responsibility and was back to an analysis of what you take into your lungs when you smoke a cigarette. I noted down the following:- carbon dioxide, tar, ammonia, DDT, insecticide and acetone (paint stripper to you).
Prize for the best use of props must go to David Plumley (of the pink socks) who produced a dongle and a coat hanger. It was all to do with Broad Band connections apparently. If Brian Painter offers hypnosis and probably meditation; Terry Maylin was offering dispute resolution through mediation. This reference to mediation arose because of the fact that he had an appointment for amediation immediately after the breakfast meeting. Unusually he was therefore in conciliatory mode.
Rather depressingly Richard Reed was contemplating the Christmas holidays. He suggested a clipper cruise in the Caribbean. Nothing like a bit of alliteration to get one into holiday mode.
Donna Evans recounted 3 new jobs in the pipeline all of which came from referrals within the group which is both a good advertisement for her and a good advertisement for the group.
Pride of place in the 60 second round must go to Mike Rogers who said he was in “happy place”. I have no idea what coloured socks he was wearing but this is an unusual state of mind for our bellman but he did go on to explain why. In addition the fact that he got further free advertising from Nick Cooke should be enough to make anyone happy. So happy was he and so objective in his assessment….. he awarded the Oscar to Nick Cooke, unashamedly, because aforementioned red and white sockster hadmade reference to him on 7 occasions. As I might have mentioned in an earlier Blog, “blow in his ear and he’ll follow you anywhere!!1” Still it has to be said, he was multitasking in awarding the Oscar at the same time as ringing the bell for anyone who transgressed the 60 second rule.
The 10 minute presentation was a Michael Adelizzi special; lots of pictures of bathrooms and a well-presented history of how he started, where he has got to and where he is going in the future.
Don’t forget next week Steve Roach will be giving a presentation relating to radio advertising with EBF in mind and we are adopting the shortened meeting agenda that will give him 20 minutes to talk to you and receive questions.
Also may I ask all of you who are not going to be on holiday to use your very best endeavours to attend next week to keep up numbers.
Until next week.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Thursday 4th August 2016.
Another holiday affected meeting which benefited from being held in the small room behind the restaurant which, through its reduced accommodation, provided an intimacy and intensity that led to very effective and amusing meeting.
There were 17 members in all and 2 visitors Alan Heggie, a chauffeur who have visited us before and Darryl Morgan who is a Health and Safety Consultant.
The Ed Slot was delivered by Brian Painter who emphasised the importance of first impressions.
On matters sartorial and of first impressions, Brian of course was his usual dapper self although not wearing the full white hunter suit which however had not been abandoned by Alan Shaw.
From the sublime to the ridiculous saw Paul Booth in a full clowns suit (it is apparently annual clowns day). The absence of porridge in our breakfast buffet selection mean there was nothing that could really be poured down the front of his trousers but it’s nice to see someone making the effort.
Paul Booth was not the only one of the Naughty Cornerers who was dressing differently. Howard Bullock sported a red checked shirt that in all respects resembled a table cloth with buttons and this was nicely set off by Alan Shaw’s red socks, which despite the camouflage of his white hunter suit would have scared off any self-respecting animal. David Plumley was sartorial elegance itself with a light weight pale blue stripped jacket, a white belt to his trousers that set off the whole ensemble.
Scott Griffiths won the Performance League for July by a healthy margin. Our calligrapher can be congratulated on having the necessary certificate available at the meeting when his victory was announced…..congratulations Scott.
The 60 second round was substantially on message and frankly has given me very little scope to make comment.
Alan Moller in anticipation of his up coming holiday is looking for “1 day stands” only.
Donna Evans produced a small book of wall paper patterns, much more manageable…I have seen the future!
Nick Cook managed to make a retaining wall sound sexy and Richard Reed attempted to entice us all with unmissable offers.
Michael Adelizzi was talking wet rooms and shower rooms. Indeed he was talking of converting bedrooms into wet rooms…ideal for the incontinent.
The red table cloth accompanied by Howard Bullock arose from his position of head of table in the Naughty Corner but any excitement ended there, he simply talked about pensions.
Steve Roach talked of a “bogoff” for 6 months contacts i.e. a years’ worth of advertising for the price of 6 months. Should not be missed.
Alan Shaw was the last of the School of Whimsy to stand up and he was on message. He described how, unusually, as an architect, he was doing drawings…disappointing.
Paul Booth even had a red nose to go with his clowns outfit, his theme was clowns…those who pretend to be accountants without the qualifications, but underneath I could see that he was sad. All clowns are sad. As a child I had an aversion to clowns. If I could have got close enough to him I would have lumped him. I think I need a session with Brian.
Pride of place with the Oscar was with Mike Rogers. Basically his theme was his own ability to attract back clients who his first and only meeting had been several years previously. 2005 apparently is the record. He was of course telling us something we already knew but any man who brings his own trumpet to the party and plays it deserves some sort of recognition.
We were in good hands with the 10 minute presentation which always helps when we are looking to attract visitors to join. Jill Willis gave a very clear and well-presented explanation of who she is and what she does. She was relaxed in her presentation and made us all wonder why we had not made more use of her skills for ourselves as well as referring her to others.
The referrals and testimonial round was solid. There were as many referrals and there were members which is always a minimum average we should look to achieve. Of course the other week when we had 25 members present this amounted to 25 referrals. This week it was 17. The equation is very basic so let keep attracting visitors and converting them to members.
Congratulations to everybody in producing an excellent meeting without the big numbers present. Once again could all of those not on holiday make the effort to get to next week’s meeting.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 28th July 2016.
This week we were hit by holidays. 7 Members absent through holidays which coupled with one or two business demands left us with 14 members present but our numbers boosted to 17 by Aaron Noakes and Ed Blackburn from H&G Recruitment Solutions and Sophie Kohl a party organiser. This coupled with the absence of a 10 minute speaker available meant that the prospects of a good effective meeting were in the balance.
I need not have feared, the quality of our members at our Breakfast Meeting is such that we enjoyed a lively positive and very effective meeting.
David Plumley set the tone with a flip chart presentation of the values and the virtues of consistency, both in business and in being a member of EBF. A call to arms for quality and care in our business and EBF dealings brought up an interesting snippet. If you have a bad habit and change it and adopt that change for 30 days that change has now become a habit. I cannot help but feel that this epithet can perhaps be likened to the 10 second rule. What is the 10 second rule you ask? Well it is to assist overworked mothers whose children drop the food they are eating on the floor. Provided you pick it up within 10 seconds…no problem! This,as a particularly important rule to live by, was adequately demonstrated by myself when I dropped one of my sausages; 2 seconds later it was back on my plate and being consumed…job done.
With such an inspiring education slot what of the 60 second round. The Naughty Corner was on really good form despite the absence of anarchist in chief Howard Bullock.
Mike Rogers said that mortgage rates were dropping, in some circumstances down to 1.3%…jaw dropping! He can also organise a 10 year fixed term at 2.3%. The good news is you can also have as mortgage term that anticipates repayment up to the age of 80. How far anyone with savings could regard any of this as good news defeats me. Stuart Smallcombe, fellow Naughty Cornerer, produced an extended metaphor to illustrate the use of a router. He likened it to a fat man behind a desk in a taxi business directing cars to pick up fares and also showing the door to drunken punters.
Although Alan Shaw’s message was on song, the whimsy showed through with his description of the jobs that he has been doing. Changing a house in to two semis, converting a garage into a house and getting involved in a rather elaborate workshop at the bottom of a garden. Somewhere at the bottom of the garden there are the fairies to contend with but we will leave that for another day.
Fellow professor of the School of Whimsy, Brian Painter told of a man with tick which was more of a slinging back of the head from a man who has been struck by a football years and years ago. He was still feeling and reacting to the football hitting him on the side of the head. The impression that Brian gave made me think he was going to provide inspiration for this jerking of the head to the oft maligned and much remembered comedian Jack Douglas… whah heh !!
Stimulated by Stuart Smallcombe’s metaphor, Paul Booth declared that he had some new clients which included a taxi driver. Entertainingly David Plumley was explaining about terabytes but it fell to me to warn everybody not to keep them in a bath where they can grow in size and be totally unmanageable.
Whatever was uplifting about the 60 second round, and it was, Peter Hood’s farewell saddened us all but we wish him well and with all the various jobs that he is doing for various of the members we will no doubt continue to see him for some time in the future. Sorry to see you go Peter.
So what of the Oscar, Michael Adelizzi was awarding and David Plumley receiving. The reason was base, he was offering something free; although after my warning I did not know how many people wanted terabytes.
Scott’s Meeting Secretaries’ Report amongst other things mentioned the Education Materials that are now being rolled out. Please read them and feel free to add your comments at the appropriate place. Something a little more on message than Naughty Corners Stuart Smallcombe’s “like your beard” comment.
One of the absentees was due to deliver the 10 minute presentation this week so it was replaced with a Q & A. Although this is a well tried fall-back position it always seems to work well and today was no exception. Lots of questions….. we had to cut them short as the meeting approached its close.
Now that it is holiday time it is important that those of us who are not holiday make every effort to attend. Please also remember Scott’s request that he and I are notified this week of your holiday plans over the next 6 weeks so that we can have an idea of numbers for the meetings.
All in all an excellent morning meeting and I look forward to next week.