Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 31st March 2016
Another good turnout. 20 members present and 3 guests who had been with us in previous weeks, Jo Flannigan and Daniella Wiltshire from last week and the week before respectively and Carmel Jane, a visitor for the last time and who was duly inducted as a member. A big welcome to her; with the aid of photography she will bring life into tired faces and thereby invigorate our Web Site….you don’t get more challenging than that.
The Ed slot was graced by the spiritual leader of the Naughty Corner, Howard Bullock. He delivered a recipe to make the sad and the anxious happy. The 4 things that he suggested were:
- Think what I am to be grateful for
- Label negative feelings
- Make decisions, don’t put them off
- Physical contact at least 5 times a day (presumably with another human being)
The Naughty Corner, that is quickly turning into a Naughty table, immediately started hugging each other. An excellent start to the meeting.
The 60 second round was one of learning.
Stuart Smallcombe explained about how you could have a flexible telephone system that gave you mobility in the office.
Carmel Jane illustrated with a series of photographs that she does not just do head shots.
Donna Evans can provide upholstery services and renew tired or old sofas. Like a later day “dodgy car salesman” she explained how she could join two sofas together and then presumably make it look like new.
Gill Willis rather surprisingly explained how she had been inspired by Alan Moller and Alan Moller revealed how colloquially he would not pull anybody’s pants down…not even his own?
Jo Eastwood reveals how Polyphenols and other ingredients of her bacchanalian products were really good for thinning the blood in your arteries or was it thinning the arteries or was it stopping them from getting blocked. You will have to ask Dr Jo.
The above represents the revelations that were on show
Jo Jones talked about giving assistance to people’s fitness regimes which included “tweaking”. If anybody signed up for this perhaps they can let the meeting know what they thought of the “tweaking”.
As described above, clearly the Naughty Corner, despite the reorganisation of seating, are in rude health. What of the School of Whimsy. I have been very worried about them in recent weeks. I was therefore in a slightly concerned frame of mind as I watched Alan Shaw rise to his feet; something about a Mr Clark, a building being altered, somebody getting their money back because of mistakes and generally it represented a good impression of Mr Bumble. Nick Cooke, stunning us all with his recently acquired coiffeur, tried to talk about basements and the need for planning permission but the stunning effect of what presumably was a recent visit to the barber detracted from any message he was giving and after he had sat down he could probably have been added as the 5th thing that would make sad and anxious people happy. Brian Painter talked of an actor who had stage fright. I think it is fair to say that the School of Whimsy is back on track.
Howard Bullock addressed the meeting for a second time to declare that it was his 10th anniversary. He then went on to demonstrate maturity beyond his years by talking about ISA’s.
Richard Read is always worth listening to for a bargain. 7 nights somewhere with full board and sunny climate for £549.00 per person has to be attractive although you have got to be ready to fly tomorrow. Watch out for his email with slightly more accurate details.
To round off the 60 seconds I must finally comment upon Kim Redwood-Lee. It was nice to see her back and she produced a box of Anadin and declared that the employment of her services would be the equivalent of a prescription to take Anadin for headaches. She duly won the Oscar and shortly thereafter the 60 second round came to a close.
Scott Griffiths Meeting Secretary’s Report revealed £22,750.00 worth of business written which has produced a monthly total (this is the last meeting of March) in excess of £75,000.00, which, after a record breaking month last month, was a good return.
We had fallen behind with recruitment but things were brought back on track with Alan Shaw producing 10 people to be chased. Terry Maylin was away on holiday this week. Could anyone who has not completed their task of looking out potential visitors make sure they are up to date for Wednesday so that there is plenty to talk about on the recruitment side next week.
The 10 minute presentation was delivered by Kim. She very fluently told of how she came to set up her business and the range of services that they can provide. It was a carefully prepared well-crafted presentation that should remind us all of how easy it should be to find and give her referrals.
I will sign off on this Blog with the reminder that I will not be in the chair next week but under the surgeon’s knife. It might not have been necessary if I had taken Jo Eastwood’s advice and drunk lots of her products, but never mind I will be thinking of you all and see you the following week.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 17th March 2016.
The pre breakfast meeting was buzzing. 22 Members and 4 visitors made for a record turnout at Mary Green Manor.
We welcomed Derek Buckle for the second meeting and he has handed in his application to join. A good start if ever there was one. Carmel Jane a photographer, Dannielle Wilshire of Excel Contracts Limited and Brian Johnston operations Director of National Client Experience Centre made up a healthy group of first time visitors.
After breakfast the meeting started in earnest with the Ed Slot and Nick Cooke holding the floor. His presence was truly biblical. All that was missing was the gnarled staff to bang on the floor to part the waves. He gave us an illustration as how he had managed to obtain a referral from Alan Shaw conjured out of nowhere. No thunder bolts and lightning greeted this announcement but Alan Shaw looked stunned anyway. When he sat down, we were all somewhat reassured by the fact that he would be appearing before us shortly in the 60 second round. Those who at the time were lying prostrate before him just sat up, dusted themselves down and awaited the 60 second round. Such was the force of his presence that the Naughty Corner was stunned into silence for at least a minute.
There was no theme to the 60 second round but somehow yesterday’s Chancellors speech brought forth a variety of references to budget.
Peter Hood told of a bathroom conversion which was well within budget because they used the old tiles which fortunately were white. I think that probably means that they were easy to replace and therefore supplemental and avoided a complete retile. Jill Willis urges us to budget for advertising which apparently should be 10% of turnover if we are to progress and 5% if we are to stand still. Paul Booth declared that there were some good changes in the budget.
Enough of politics; David Plumley has a telephone number of 888442 which he illustrated by getting different members to hold up pieces of paper with the relevant numbers on. Sounds a bit daft, it was a bit daft but actually it worked. Don’t know why I was surprised really…but I was.
Richard Reed is trying to get us all to go to Asia or find people who wish to go there. 5 nights in Hong Kong was only £639.00 per person. The rest rather passed me by, but no doubt we will be regaled with further offers as the week progresses.
Various things were also sent to frighten us. The secret is out, Scott Griffiths is a failed tooth fairy. Kim Redwood-Lee’s office had a threatening telephone call to kill and maim all members of her company and destroy their premises and their pets. The threats were met with a “…thank you for calling” response. Brian Painter really lead the way as far as frightening people was concerned. He started off with a reasonable impression of Marcelle Marceau striking up and lighting a cigarette inhaling and being suitably soothed by it. There then followed a harrowing list of the immediate effects of smoking; narrowing blood vessels, upping the heart rate and increasing blood-pressure. Fatty acids in the blood stream represented the final ingredient. The consequences were even more dire, angina( not the cute kind), coronary disease, stroke and of course cancer. It was enough to make you go out and buy lots of sweet fizzy drinks knowing they would not do you as much harm.
Pride of place both as to the scariest presentation but also the most effective was Dean Caldon who set out clearly exactly the hurdles that landlords will have to jump over if they are to get to the stage where an effective notice to quit can be served upon a tenant at the end of the term of their tenancy. It was Dean who accordingly won the Oscar and as we passed on to the 10 minute presentation Scott confirmed the meetings statistics where 25 referrals and in excess of £39,000.00 worth of business recorded.
Every good meeting deserves a good 10 minute presentation. No different today. Scott Griffiths produced a very clear explanation, with the use of the big screen, as to exactly what he does, how he does it and why he should be used for that purpose.
Numbers and quality caused the meeting to run over a bit but we had an excellent referrals round and it was a very upbeat group that finally dispersed into the sunshine. I am not asking you to do better next week; just as well as this week will do fine.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 10th March 2016.
20 Members present with 2 visitors; Health and Safety man David Everett and Printer Derrick Buckle.
They both left the meeting clutching membership application forms and promising to return next week.
The Education presentation came from our educationalist Mr Plumley who majored on the 60 second round and the need to mention something different each week and to spend time prior to turning up on a Thursday in preparation; something that I am pleased to endorse.
The 60 second round revealed 1 or 2 little gems. It was all started by Marcelle really, and the 20 carat Marquise Diamond that the former Ms Hall was presented with by the Mogul Murdock. She showed the elongated diamond which was of a type that in 1745 was presented by king Louis to Madam du Pompadour. The theory is that the said diamond was an approximation of the shape of Ms Hall’s body, or did I misunderstand.
Jo Jones regaled us with herbal life and declared that she has a shake every day. It would be appreciated if this was done in front of the meeting every week instead of her 60 seconds.
Brian Painter told of a woman with a fear of fish, not the battered cod variety but the swimming live fish that inhabit the sea. His view of his client was of the back of her head and her bottom, happily snorkelling once he had applied his magic. I had the unworthy thought that she had to lie faced down on the couch in order to exhibit the back of the head and the bottom but again I probably got it wrong.
Whatever Whimsy was introduced by the said Mr Painter was totally dispelled by the School’s cohorts; Nick Cook who was pleased to have carried out a structural survey and pronounced the house free of any structural problems and Alan Shaw who started his 60 seconds with a mumble to the effect that he designs buildings, explained to his clients that they couldn’t start work without proper drawings lodged with Building Control and generally behaved as an architect should.
So, with the School of Whimsy not particularly performing, what of the Naughty Corner. Well, Mike Rogers had returned to the lure of this dastardly part of the meeting. He was firmly ensconced with the 60 second bell in the mists of Smallcombe and Caldon. To see Howard Bullock in trousers 2 meetings running gave a semblance of respectability but to their their credit there was a genuine feeling of naughtiness emerging from the far corner of the room throughout the meeting. Well done lads!!!
Jo Eastwood produced 2 bottles of red, they were powerful spicy reds from Italy. Their heaviness was as much in the bottles as in their contents which we were kept from us by a cork. Had the bottles had screw tops…………… It looked like the sort of drink that puts both hairs on your chest and feathers everywhere else. Talking of hair I feel obliged to return to the School of Whimsy and its practitioner Nike Cook. His presentation might have been bordering on the mundane. that it could not be said of his glorious head of hair. It was either quiff or whatever the expression is, or he had been pulled through a hedge backwards creating the impression of abundant growth. He bettered any sartorial elegance demonstrated by any other member and for my money deserved an Oscar for his biblical presence. Others were contending however, Terry Maylin was asking for any “Shuns” as he put it. “tions” to the uninitiated as in arbitration, mediation, adjudication or negotiation all stemming from litigation and guaranteed to relieve you constipation. His rendition was close to the Oscar but Scott Griffiths emerged head and shoulders above the rest of us by producing a can of “bullshit repellent”. Sitting near him and smelling the effect of his squirting of said repellent I can confirm that fortunately its smells quite pleasant.
I can’t depart from the 60 second round however without making reference to Alan Moller who had occasion to visit a single lady and advise her on her down lighters. He made no charge for this
All in all an entertaining 60 second round that was followed by an equally entertaining 10 minute presentation from the old master himself, our Pilgrim, Brian Painter. A case study that was rather dark despite containing monks, Jack Russells and chickens. The upshot however was a lady being cured of the effects of childhood abuse which brought home the beneficial effect Hypnotherapy can have on really fundamental problems. An excellent presentation Brian that gave us all food for thought.
The referrals round was lively with almost 20 referrals by the end of the round and the anticipation of monies to be earned from good referrals.
It is a pleasure to see the lighter mornings. I arrived and it was light which is always uplifting at this time of year. I look forward to you all being suitably uplifted and attending next week.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 3rd March 2016.
A good turnout of 22 members with a visitor Simon who is a Painter and Decorator.
David Plumley is a resident of Great Baddow now and it was his first meeting back after his removals He celebrated this fact by delivering the Ed Slot. His theme was “be prepared” and in true scouting style he produced a rabbit out of a hat in the form of 2 polythene bags. Thus did he illustrated how he always presented himself at the checkout in the supermarket when asked whether he wanted to pay for a bag. This message was delivered with a series of fiendish cackles that left us all with the distinct impression that the air in Great Baddow is probably slightly different than the air he had been used to in Brentwood.
The cackle indeed echoed into the 60 second round, there was a theme to the 60 second round, namely celebrities and famous people, whether you know them or not or how they might help your business.
Examples of the rich and famous ranged from the mundane to the average but most memorable was Alan Moller who had met Ray Houghton in Loughton. It was a bit like Dr Foster and Gloucester and it really did not matter whether you knew who Ray Houghton was or not or indeed where Loughton was located.
Mike Rogers, our regular bellman told of Basil Begg-Ballock and entertained us for three minutes. As the custodian of the meetings timing it could be said that he let the meeting down , he let the Country down and worst of all he let himself down. Such flagrant indiscipline by its principal enforcer had an affect that was immediate. Michael Adelizzi stood up and spend 3 minutes himself with the opening was “One dark night in January……”. It would appear not only does he sell tiles but he sells them to criminals. Under the circumstances he looks very fit.
Jo Eastwood seemed intent on dispelling the impression that she is a demonic force for evil forcing alcohol down the unwilling throats of various members. To set the record straight, she produced a selection of fruit juices for tasting in small tasting containers. I guess if you left them long enough they would ferment and produce an alcoholic beverage.
So how did the pressure groups fare this week.
Well Alan Shaw claimed to have met the Sultan of Brunei and I think Nick Cooke has met Thomas Telford. He seemed to have a clear picture of him with top hat and cigar. Brian Painter on the other hand was trying to deal with a lady who had a fear of toilet cubicles amongst other things. So when he had finished with her she would even “go” in lifts. That might well have been an unintended consequence but it might be fair to say that the School of Whimsy is back.
The Naughty Corner had been deserted by Mike Rogers but clearly his influence had been profound given his performance as referred to above. Messrs Caldon, Smallcombe and Bullock were there in full force. There was a slight shock factor because Howard Bullock was wearing a pair of jeans that stretched down to his shoes, no hairy legs this week.
It was left to Dean Caldon to pun his way around his services with references to famous people and it won him the Oscar.
The Meeting Secretary’s Report was upbeat for last month. Scott Griffiths won the Performance League and business recorded for the month was well in excess of £107,000; a great effort from everyone.
The recruitment drive is now well under way. Terry Maylin ran through various categories with people who had been engaged in collecting names and making contact. Visitors are expected next week and Lewis Hackney is tasked with looking for Landscape Gardeners or frankly any type of gardener.
It was Dean’s turn for the 10 minute presentation. He produced a very effective presentation, as always managing to demonstrate his efficiency and ethical approach of the noble art of house selling.
There followed a referrals round and there were in excess of 20 referrals passed.
As the meeting came to an end the sun was shining outside even though it was perhaps a little cold.
Next week beckons and I look forward to seeing you all then.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 25th February 2016.
It was our 5th anniversary and in keeping with our anniversary I presented the annual review to the meeting before we got under way. This review will be published separately on the Website. Headline Information related to an increase in business passed and recorded showing an increase of 24% and referrals by 12%.
Scott Griffiths announced the winners of the various categories. At Scott’s discretion points will be given to the members who can set out in the response to this Blog the names of all of the winners and their category.
There were 18 members present including Tina who we were pleased to see her able attend a full meeting. She seemed to be impressed by Howard’s bare legs. So she should be…… these particular legs have been exposed to the group throughout the winter and resulted in a target of £500.00 to be raised for charity being beaten. Congratulations to Howard and all who contributed.
Apart from Mr Bullocks legs, the Naughty Corner is very much reforming and increasing its presence at the meeting. There was a full turnout this week with Bullock, Smallcombe, Caldon in the vanguard. The Mikes, Rogers and Adelizzi are also now lending regular support. It was therefore with some disappointment that the 60 second round did not produce a better effort from the more esoteric School of Whimsy. they should represent a sensible challenge to the presentations of the (bordering on thuggery) Naughty Corner.
There were however some excellent 60 seconds presentations that showed slightly surprising attitudes.
Jo Jones was telling us of her wellness evaluation and was rather enticing in suggesting that our fat to body weight might not be as great as we think it is. It might be muscle. If you believe that you believe anything!!!
Stuart Smallcombe was particularly smug on turning out for Orsett Hall Hotel to do some emergency work relating to WiFi for one of the hotels VIP’s.
Donna was annoyed and I suspect the rep from the particular company involved this morning would have had their ears burning. I think Donna could be quite scary when roused….. anyone agree.
Nick Cooke and Alan Shaw stood up one after the other. Nick Cooke gave us a general overview of the work that he does, because he had been ill for a couple of weeks and Alan Shaw told of doing real work in trying to get planning permission for a bungalow to be built in the grounds of an existing house. With Brian Painter missing there was no whimsy to be had this week. There is a serious risk of disqualification for the members of said school if they do not come up to muster next week.
Mike Rogers, no doubt inspired by his position at the rear of the Naughty Corner tried to get away with two 60 seconds and finished up in 3 minutes telling us about the Choo and Loo family. For those who were not at the meeting, you will be pleased to learn that Cack Loo got a mention.
Jo Eastwood declared that she was repeating herself and that we should all drink more wine. I think you will find that wine makes you repeat yourself even more Jo.
Peter Hood continues with the stomach churning theme. This week an overflowing sink and foul water pipe producing a very interesting cocktail in the kitchen; just for a moment I thought the cause of it all was to be a dead rat but this was apparently a totally separate incident.
It was Terry Maylin who gave what can only be called “a businessman’s comfort” by indicating whilst businesses owed each other money there was interest of 8% payable and extra charges per invoice. The trick is to hold off suing someone as long as you can without them going bankrupt.
As a special treat, to acknowledge his efforts, Howard Bullock was allowed to present the Oscar this week in the absence of last week’s winner David Plumley. He was obviously impressed by Jo Jones’s wellness evaluation. Perhaps it was her suggestion that“girls would be jumping in at the end” that swayed him, but well done Jo.
The figure work was good; in excess of 23 referrals and monies recorded of £32,600.00, an excellent start to our new year.
Steve Roach’s first 10 minute presentation on behalf of Phoenix FM was a great success. He used his flip chart to good effect and gave us a run down of his own early career and the progress of Phoenix FM. We had a little spare time and therefore his 10 minutes quickly turned into 20 minutes but it was interesting, informative and certainly a source of ammunition for all of us who would like to try and refer people to the radio station. Excellent performance Steve.
Apart from wishing David Plumley well in his move I bid you all adieu until next week.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 19th February 2016.
Only 16 members this week. Howard Bullock only stayed long enough to show off his legs on what was another cold morning. His individual bare legathon is drawing to a close. Final donations need about £100.00 or so to get to his target. Let’s make sure he reaches it!!!
So to the 60 second round…
On a cold morning Michazel Adellizzi’s under warmed tiles warmed the cockles. Has he discovered a new product that will overtake his outsized bogs…..surely not?
This week Donna Evans was birthday and blind girl. Panel blinds that were ultimately not accepted by the client and it was back to the drawing board. Does anyone know what a panel blind is…other than Donna.
Once again Alan Shaw was totally un-whimsical and told of a new scheme and an old scheme he was involved with; he had visited glazing manufacturers and inspected a 2/3rd acre site. He quite clearly gave the impression that he was an architect and knew the sort of work he was looking for. Someone should step in and stop him transferring his allegiance totally to the dark side.
With Howard gone and Stuart Smallcombe awol the Naughty Corner was depleted but Dean Caldon was kept company Messrs Adellizzi and Rogers. With the latter recruit it also worryingly means they gain control of a bell
Steve Roach explained the concept of festival fatigue which I think is one of those yuppie diseases.
It was Lewis Hackney that made us all sit up as he produced what looked very much like stock cubes but were in fact a wonderful type of pointing that doesn’t leave a stain and can be applied in half the time to paved surfaces.
Pride of place however went to David Plumley; he was pointing out the risk of losing data and did so with a ditty that was well-constructed and if not “Wordsworthian, Edward Learish. Kevin Radford’s poetic utterances have been missed. Mr Plumley’s invention represents a definite challenge to our Bard of Hadleigh. David won’t be here with us next week as it’s his moving day and if he continues to produce good classic verse he will soon be declared the Bard of his new location, Baddow. Let’s see where the muse takes him.
In our foreshortened meeting the 60 second round was immediately followed by the referrals section. This had us praising the meeting as if it were over when it was only half way through but the numbers were good, in excess £65,000 worth of recorded business was produced. Kevin Brooks sported five referrals which all in all was a very good effort as I believe he was substantially responsible for the monies recorded as received.
The rest of the meeting was effectively turned over to my Education presentation. It was a tribute to all present that not a yawn was spotted and I noted several members nodding their heads encouragingly. Whether this was in appreciation of the content or simply a desire to encourage me to bring the presentation to an end will never be known.
At the beginning of the meeting Scott had produced questionnaires for us all to complete by way of voting for the awards that will be awarded next week in our next anniversary meeting. Other than those on holiday may I beg a good turnout so that we can celebrate the completion of another year that in many respects have been the most successful and certainly ground breaking.
Until next week.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 11th February 2016.
It was a morning for metallic monkeys to speak with high pitched voices.
We all, no doubt, had to scrape the ice of the windscreens of our cars.
19 hardy souls braved the elements for a visit to Mary Green Manor. The bravest of them all was Howard Bullock who was resplendent in shorts and red checked shirt. He demonstrated what the aforementioned monkeys would have lost in the freezing weather. For the second time in the last few weeks we were put in the small room behind the restaurant. Its benefit is also its detriment. The room itself does not lend itself to pre-meeting networking. To walk the length of the room beside the area set out for the breakfast was an intimate act for all concerned. By contrast however the meeting itself, when everyone was seated made a virtue out of intimacy and we had a thoroughly enjoyable meeting.
It was also slightly incongruous that 4 of the 6 apologies for absence were from people who were on holiday. Who says the referral system is not working… for some people…
With Mr Bullock back, the Naughty Corner had its leaders return to celebrate and all members thereof promptly rallied round. Messrs Smallcombe and Caldon were there with Alan Moller swelling their ranks.
By contract the School of Whimsy had only one representative, Alan Shaw. Temporarily deserted by his buddies he used his 60 second contribution to complain about the expectations clients have of the time scale involved in the early stages of designing and getting planning permission for a building.
What of the other contributions to the 60 second round.
Michael Adelizzi revealed that his father at one stage sold ice creams. It seemed that he used the name Suprema for this particular venture as well. Had he not ultimately gone for the tiles Michael might be selling “Suprema Icecreama ” .
Donna Evans revealed that amongst other guises she is also a blind lady but the disability didn’t show.
If you have a good story you should always milk it and Peter Hood managed to squeeze as much value as he could out of the “rat in the cistern”. He brought his photographs of the rodent and was able to confirm that the tank that contained the dead rat had been used for drinking as well as washing. The message…”check your lids”
Far more interesting was Lewis Hackney’s permeable paving. He illustrated with statistics how effectively permeable paving can disperse water with the suggestion that it was capable of resolving all of the problems with the floods they had up in Carlisle this year. There are lies, dammed lies and statistics.
This week Richard Reed gave us a choice of venue for him to tell us about, and the general consensus was Vegas. What particularly caught my eye…or rather ear…was that one particular package that included a visit to a venue that sported the wayward talent of “Steve Winn’s show stoppers”. If that doesn’t get them there Richard, nothing will.
There was a time in the Victorian era when mothers advised their daughters, when sitting, to keep their knees together. Jo Jones suggested that mothers should now be warning their daughters to keep their hips higher than their knees when sitting. To those in the Naughty Corner, who I could see were trying to think this through, the alternative of having your hips below your knees is unthinkable…particularly if you have not kept your knees together as originally advocated by Victorian mothers.
Scott Griffiths had a novel approach to his 60 seconds. He spent it pouring himself out a cup of tea from the breakfast table and bringing it back to his seat, the adding of milk and sugar brought the journey time to exactly 60 seconds.
We were spared a demonstration as to how he could deliver 60 seconds whilst drinking a cup of tea. As we all know, Scott has just passed his 40th birthday and he clearly is not going to grow old gracefully.
It is with Pride that I can announce that I was the winner of this weeks Oscar. It was my ability to deliver said 60 seconds “a la mode de” Barry White that inched it. Somewhat under the weather my deep rich resonance unfortunately stretched into the 10 minute slot but everybody listened very patiently and it was only Paul Booth, right at the end of the presentation who broke ranks and wanted me to declare “…my first, my last, my everything!!!!”.
Perhaps the only other thing of note to report in this Blog were the numbers. There were by the end of the meeting 24 referrals which beats the average.
Don’t forget that next week is a revised and foreshortened meeting to take in an Education Presentation. I hope we can continue to have good turnouts.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, 4th February 2016.
Once again a really good turnout with 22 members.
David Plumley delivered the Ed Slot and made very good use of the flip chart.
The topic was the divergence between a lead and a referral. The presentation on the flip chart comprised two circles joined by a line with another line leading off the bottom circle and some other strange lines. His point was that a lot of people do not distinguish between a lead and a referral and he was looking to clarify for us all the difference.
His starting point presumably was that none of us knew the difference just as none of us understood what his drawings on the flip chart were. Having now received the benefit of his explanation to us all I will try to clarify. There are two rings with two lines from them which presumably means two leads around a collar. One of the leads links the two circles. The other does not. The one that links the two circles is a genuine referral i.e. both the person receiving the referral and the one to whom it was directed were both aware of each other and or that the other should be making contact. The difference between that referral and the lead that is linked to nothing is that this lead is a suggestion that somebody be contacted and that person does not know. Accordingly that is represented by the line that does not link the other circle. I hoped that is all clear to you now.
What of our two pressure groups:
Well the Naughty Corner were without Mr Bullock once again and it does appear that he is the main cause of much of the naughtiness. They were definitely toned down this week but don’t forget, there are new recruits to watch out for in Michael Adelizzi and old Grumble Guts himself, Mike Rogers. I fear for us all when Howard returns.
The School of Whimsy just is not living up to its billing. Alan Shaw was doing a survey in Walthamstow Village and along with Nick Cooke who was talking about party wall work, they were both very much on message. I looked in vain for some inappropriate contribution by Brian Painter, but he was more concerned about his upcoming holiday. His eyes glazed over as he thought of lying in the sun and drinking a cocktail. Continued membership of this august body is being seriously reconsidered. There are other people who are knocking on the door!!! Alan Moller for example. His suggestion for a valentines treat was absolutely stunning. Adimmer switch in the bathroom !!!! You share your bath with your loved one under romantically dimmed lights. Nobody bettered that for Whimsy.
There were some faintly ludicrous perhaps or alternatively rather scary contributions.
Peter Hood found a rat blocking water in a cistern and conveniently had pictures of said rodent.
Paul Booth demonstrated by listing recent clients that he is doing his bit for integration if not immigration. He apparently can number Hungarian Business Coaches and Bulgarian Managers amongst his clientèle.
Pride of Place and indeed the winner of the Oscar was the every cheerful Mike Rogers, his grumble this week was once again a foreign element in his clientèle that I think rather baffled him. He told of a Dr Choo and a Mrs Chin, a Mr Loo and Mrs Ling, there was a child called U U Loo and an even more unpleasant character called Cack Loo. I suggest that Mike gets together with Jo Jones and see if she can produce training for him in Kung Foo.
Talking of Loo it was Michael Adelizzi’s 10 minute slot. An assured performance by Michael. He demonstrated on the screen more toilets than you could shake a stick at, it was certainly enough to satisfy the average Englishman’s flair for making lavatorial jokes. It’s good to have Michael back and it almost feels he has never been away.
Numbers were quite good this week; about 20 referrals and over £9,000 worth of business written.
The coming weekend was the ScotGear Challenge. Yes its Scott Griffith’s 40th birthday and he refuses to grow old gracefully. Several cars are travelling via Yorkshire to Edinburgh and back doing stupid things in the meantime. Allan Moller and myself were members who turned up to observe the entourage leaving. You were all given an opportunity to see Terry Maylin’s entry which was a well decorated Volvo, no…it’s not been in the army.
I can report that they won the second stage challenge by taking off a wheel rolling it around the car and putting it back on again in 2 minutes which was several minutes faster than everyone else.
No doubt Scott can update you in comments to this Blog which I will close with the apology that Scott’s absence and my involvement in the Friday meant that this Blog has not been produced as promptly as usual. Please however keep your comments coming.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 28th January 2016.
21 Members present and one visitor John Flaherty.
Of the members Stuart Smallcombe was subbed by James White one of his company’s employees who gave a good account of himself.
The guts had been knocked out of the Naughty Corner in that Howard Bullock and Stuart Smallcombe were not present., However sometime stand in Michael Adelizzi joined forces with Dean Caldon and further re-enforcements came from an unlikely source,namely Mike Rogers added cynicism and grumpiness to the natural naughtiness of the corner itself.
The Education Slot was a treat this week with Brian Painter telling us a fable about a stonemason. Aforementioned stonemason had the ability to transform himself by simply expressing the wish to be something else. He went from stonemason to prince, the sun, a cloud, a mountain and then back to being a stonemason. I think the purpose the fable was to illustrate envy causing stress. It also showed a lack of imagination so far as the stonemason was concerned, even I could of have thought of lots of things to do with my transformation but hay ho…even if nobody understood the parable it was used by one or two of us in our 60 seconds notably Paul Booth. The stonemason finished up a client of his, saving lots and lots of tax.
So what of the 60 second round.
Michael Adelizzi gave us a walkthrough of him stripping out and refitting a bathroom. It could have been a voiceover on a documentary showing the work going on.
Donna Evans has been trying to impress a big Irish builder; Lucinda is looking for mortgage brokers.
As to the School of Whimsy, they remain intent on trying to demonstrate they are perfectly normal people. Alan Shaw is designing a glass roof to link a turret with a main building but it was later in the meeting that he excelled himself by indicating that he would quite like to run a sandwich bar. Nick Cook really played it with a straight bat; structural surveys and problems were totally on message and Brian Painter, fresh from his fable, produced a statistic that 1 out of four people visiting him are suffering from stress. It wasn’t the content but more the way he announced, it sounded like the opening to Star Trek, “STRESS!…the Final Frontier. These were the words of the Pilgrim the stress controller”. I think they will be at their Whimsical best next week…..they are getting there!
Dean Caldon unmercifully ripped into Purple Bricks ; having wetted my appetite I went onto their website. Truly frightening faces appeared being advertised as their resident experts for various parts of the Country. Come back Sarah Beeny, all is forgiven…or rather….. go to Redstones.
Scott Griffiths was threatening to attack weary old websites by poking them with a sharp stick. I suppose it’s better than a poke in the eye with a wet umbrella.
Jo Eastwood captured the imagination with a beer rather puzzling named “little things that kill” If she carries on like this there will be an invitation to join the School of Whimsy.
It was Terry Maylin who won the Oscar with his description of positively assisting a client who was an employee of Santander. His “kick ass” approach commended itself Dean Caldon who as a member of the Naughty Corner likes to see a bit of rough and tumble
It was from the 60 second round that we tumbled into the Meeting Secretary’s Report. By the end of the meeting almost £10,000 worth of business had been recorded and there were 20 referrals.
Our 10 minute speaker was Gill Willis who gave a truly professional performance illustrating exactly what she does and how she does it with the assistance of a screen presentation. I think she has now successfully managed to draw together all the strands of her business and we are all far better equipped to go out and find business for her…..so let’s do it.
I do not regard myself as an entirely sensitive person but I could not help being concerned about Richard Reeds feeling of isolation expressed in his comments to my Blog last week. Let me finish therefore by telling you that Richard Reed is trying to dissuade us all from going to Paris by suggesting that the hotel in the particular offer he had was rubbish; he seemed to regard the distinct possibility that you can be shot by terrorists as something either relatively inconsequential or rather exciting His suggestion was,go to to Paris, particularly if the wife wanted to do so….. but go for a different hotel. That’s the way to deal with Islamic Fundamentalists.
If none of us get blown up I look forward to seeing you all next week.
20 members present and one visitor Sam, a local Florist.
The Ed Slot was delivered by David Plumley himself and he made the all important point that we should always look after our existing clients, however necessary it might be to seek new clients.
Scott Griffiths reported on the Performance League and for the first time in many weeks the leader is Dean Caldon beating Paul Booth into second place…at least for the moment.
And so what of the 60 second round? Well things are starting to get back to normal. The Naughty Corner was in place minus Stuart Smallcombe who will be absent for a couple of weeks. Messrs Bullock and Caldon however were present and correct. May I first of all put right an apparent misapprehension. The aforementioned members of the Naughty Corner were trying to recruit other members tom join their dastardly crew, indeed it looked very much as if money was going to change hands. Please be advised that you are all figments of my imagination and your selection for any group, Naughty Corner or otherwise, is entirely in my hands. If you exhibit the appropriate behaviour I will allocate to you recognition. Michael Adelizzi strayed into the Naughty Corner but he has yet to prove himself. The other suggestion made over suitable candidates during the week was that Brian Painter might be a good candidate. However naughty he can be I am afraid he holds pride of place as a member of the School of Whimsy. I hope that clears everything up.
Apart from Mr Bullock’s attire, which retained the bare legged look, he and Mr Caldon were the epitome of rectitude in their 60 seconds. Howard Bullock showed how planning could help his clients. Nothing grand but simply a clear understanding of where all income into a household comes from and how best to invest. Dean Caldon also was clear in the value that he offered as an agent as opposed not only other agents but more importantly TV advertised agencies.
As to the School of Whimsy they have sadly become examples of the networking rectitude. I was looking for something more from them this week and I was slightly relieved that they rose to the challenge….sort of! Alan Shaw has had a couple of surveys this week, he would like lots more but not until April when brass monkey have headed north. He finished off his 60 second with a coughing fit which made you wonder at the sense in him going out on outside surveys. I would like to issue a reminder on behalf of all members to our architectural chum. Please do not go out into the cold weather without being wrapped up in a nice overcoat and muffler.
Nick Cooke has been doing the “structural stuff” but had the delightful job of having to survey the Leaning Tower of Barkingside, aka the Clock Tower of Barnardos. Apparently it is still standing and he will report to us on it next week. Finally Brian Painter told of a well to do lady who had an inferiority complex. Whose fault was it…of course it was her mother.
Highlights of the round came from Jill Willis who boasts clients as diverse as a Russian Marshal Arts expert who fights blind fold and a holistic therapist who does tapping and havening. In the light of certain scandals that have hit the news recently I really don’t want to know. Lewis Hackney created a very unpleasant image for us all when advancing the benefits of Astro Turf and going so far as to suggest that it was ideal for dogs. The thought of cleaning up after them on Astro Turf just doesn’t bear any further consideration. And then there was Kevin Brooks, 22 men in one house, he was stressed, there was water pouring into the lounge from a wonderful wet room…upstairs. I don’t know whether he was seeking a slogan but “CDM Rules…OK!!!”.
Marcelle was promoting the Garnet as the stone of the month. It appealed to me because of its cost, between £20.00 and £100,00 per carat…now all have to do is to convince e the wife. Donna Evans surpassed herself by producing elephant wallpaper, I was reminded of the cry of the circus “…roll up ladies see the greatest elephant in the world when it …..mind out lady, too late dig her out!” In Donna and Lewis perhaps we can spot a theme. It is not a problem though. With the excellent scrambled eggs everybody’s stomach felt settled.
Oh, and Dean won the Oscar…..that’s one for the Naughty Corner
So what of business passed; in excess of £29,000.00 recorded and 15 referrals made for a successful referrals round, but I am ahead of myself.
Richard Reed reported on the Business to Consumer Synergy Team meeting that was very successful. Remember, they meet on the third Monday of every month.
Terry Maylin reinforced last week’s education session by getting the recruitment drive back on track, we are looking for printers this week. Keep your eyes open and report to the prime seeker, Brian Painter or Terry.
It was Lewis Hackney’s turn for the 10 minute presentation. No Astro Turf in sight. It was an illustrated guide round the specific piece of landscaping they had completed to a very large house. There were sprinklers, rockeries and even a place for the badgers at the end of the garden. A very confident presentation that showed what really excellent work Aaron Paving do, an excellent performance Lewis.
Having been assured by our visitor that she was looking to return next week with the promise of joining we should look forward to welcoming her back.
I look forward to a good turnout next week.