Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Tuesday 24th June 2014.
21 in all present including 2 visitors, Lewis Hackney for the second time clutching a membership application form, we hope to induct him next week and Ian Stanley who specialises in removal and storage, who was here for the first time and was threatening to turn up next week.
Nige Kirby used the Ed Slot to tell poignant little story. The desire to do something good to help our fellow man was at the heart of the tale and also how we should approach our networking. We should be looking for referrals for each other ahead of anything else and if we all do this we will all of course receive the level of referrals that will make our membership at EBF worthwhile.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Tuesday 17th June 2014
16 members and 1 visitor, Lewis Hackney of Aaron Paving, a guest of Jim Henshaw who is threatening to return next week… and join – let’s hope so.
One or two noticeable absentees including Nige Kirby has injured his ankle as a result of something a man of his age should avoid…exercise. Let’s hope you are well for next week Nige, we missed you. In the meantime Brian Painter stood in for him as Education and Development Officer and Richard Wallis stepped into the breach to deliver an Ed Slot that was aimed at the DIY marketeer. His basic advice was to have a plan… a very good idea. To write it down on the back of a “fag” packet did not quite meet the approval of Mr Painter however.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 12th June 2014.
19 in all including one visitor, Mark Blackham of Basildon Hyundai who after the meeting made positive noises about joining.
David Plumley’s Ed Slot focused on being specific in your 60 second presentations to the type of work, the type of client/Customer and if possible any particular company or organisation you are looking to be introduced to.
World Cup fever was not exactly rife but the announcement that Scott Griffiths had drawn Iran at the Billericay meeting’s sweep stake gave him a pair with a risk of being know henceforth as the Ayatollah.
Beware of intemperate utterances Mr Griffiths to avoid it becoming a permanent label.
Whatever the source of inspiration, David Plumley’s Ed Slot or World Cup fever, the 60 second round was a very positive, dare I say, specific affair.
I will concentrate on the unusual or the bizarre when dipping into the various contributions.
Daniele White on behalf of Redwood Clark claimed she had a long list of fun facts about book keeping…but she had left it behind. She did remember something about Mick Jagger but the ancient Rhythm and Blues man no doubt would be mortified to think that he was viewed in a light-hearted way.
Howard Bullock talked of the auto enrolment pensions, explaining with stand-up comedian zeal how you might be “in” “out” or “otherwise” in relation to said pension arrangements.
Paul Booth was looking for local businesses and somehow managed to extended his wish list to a man with a parrot on his shoulder, very specific.
Brian Painter regaled us with a strangely strangled gruff voice of a client asked for help; he got us all smiling and then hit us with the body blow, this person was being treated for cancer of the throat and of course she was a smoker. I really do not think I could be a smoker and listen to Brian Painter every week. I am sure I made the right choice!
Stuart Smallcombe is looking for businesses that are relocating, which is something that he is doing himself, physician heal thyself…
It was only Dean Caldon who was inspired by the World Cup. Big houses were described as “Rooney” some people didn’t have the “Hart” to see a conveyancing transaction through. And so it went on. It was a good performance. He was self critical in that he was not able to place someone called “Fill Jammy Éclair”.
Marcelle quite rightly awarded him the Oscar.
The 10 minute slot was Alan Moller’s first as a member and he produced well a balanced offering giving background as to how he got to the setting up of his business in 2004 and then he attempted to give us some practical advice with the use of props. Various things were passed round including a rather dubious blue sticky jelly like substance which gave the more infantile of us, in which I include myself, the opportunity of having a little snigger as to its possible uses. Alan managed to impart his enthusiasm for his job and good reasons why we should try to go out of our way to find more referrals for him.
The referrals and testimonials round produced the statistic of £13,417 worth of monies received and 16 referrals.
A really lively and enjoyable meeting which hopefully, with one or two more attendees, will be replicated next week.
This week Nigel delegated the Ed Slot to Hugo Heij. As a professional Ed Slotter much was expected. Always the traditionalist Hugo produced the flip part of the flip chart in order to illustrate how you can go round in circles.
The more serious point is we should always review our business on a regular basis, check how well we are doing. The proposition was that we can always learn from our mistakes. When he posed the question, how we went about analysing this he missed the obvious answer “…makes lots of mistakes…”.
In future weeks if any of you feel like putting in a guest appearance of the Ed Slot, just contact Nige.
After the Ed Slot we produced a new item, the draw for the World Cup raffle. Notable was Hugo capturing Brazil and Scott Griffiths bagging Iran..for the second time (he did the same in the Brentwood meeting raffle).
The 60 second round produced no real theme this week, but as always, there were one or two little gems.
Debra Glover, rather poshly adopting her Dr. title then proceeded to tell us all about clearing out your guts with something that was nutritional, good for Vegans and gluten free. Debra is someone to look out for in future 60 second rounds.
Christine Arnold forgot her name and called herself Kestrel. It’s nice to see somebody so dedicated that they spend their waking life associating themselves with their business.
Jim Henshaw suffered memory loss at the end of his 60 seconds, he was going to say something interesting, it almost came back to him… we were all tantalised, and then it went again. Jim , an LPA at “mates rates” is available!
Chris Adams has discovered a problem which Debra Glover’s products might help shift! Apparently there is a virus going round “game over Zeus”. This is the electronic equivalent of man flu. Why does nobody get the common cold these days?
Robert Osborne, after a couple of week’s absence stood up and produced the saying of the week “…what can I say about mortgages and not be boring…” This statement was followed by a rather nervous laugh. Well!!!! Come on guys, this is your chance. Add in the comments to this Blog anything he could say about mortgages that was not boring. Keep it short…
Hugo had mesmerised himself with one of the flips of his flip chart and produced the flip side of his flip to show how Brazil were going to be lining up in the World Cup, 4 2 2 1 1, total football if ever I saw it.
Things settled down for a while until Nige Kirby rose to his feet, then sank to his knees and crawled under the table. I will refrain from further comment…
Adam Hotson has been acting for a client that he described as “a small children’s nursery”, you don’t have to be politically correct Adam, you can call them midgets.
It’s not often that a 60 second round is reported on by me without mentioning Brian Painter. This meeting was no exception. He awarded the Oscar to Richard Willis who was extolling the virtues of retaining clients.
It was Vivienne’s turn for the 10 minute presentation and she put herself and us all though “trial by computer and television”. The only hitches were technical however and she gave us a better insight into her business and she should be given full marks in attempting technology; I’ve been scared off for life. Well done Vivienne.
By the time we came to the referrals and testimonials round we were running slightly short on time although plenty of activity, another week with 10 referrals. Let’s try for more next week.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Tuesday 3rd June 2014.
19 present including our visitor Lianne Murray from Barclays.
The Ed Slot from Nige Kirby talked about visitors As well as our visitor of the day from Barclays we also had a previous visitor, Debra Glover go through the painless process of induction as our most recent new member. Welcome Debra.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Thursday 29th May 2014.
Given the holidays, a reasonable turnout; 18 members and 1 visitor Sophie Eades of Suprema.
David Plumley’s Ed Slot examined how you should manage your busy and quiet times and the concept of under promising and over performing. It was further notable for the wiggle/wriggle debate and that should you give yourself “wiggle room” or “wriggle room”. My preference is for wriggle, what’s yours?
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Tuesday 27th May 2014
I dreamt I was no longer on holiday, that I had returned prematurely to a Tuesday Meeting immediately following a Bank Holiday. Other people were on holiday and our numbers were reduced to 15 members with 2 guests Derek Briggs from Little Havens who will be standing in when Katie Adams cannot attend and Debra Glover who is looking to be a member by next week.
I dreamt that Nige Kirby’s Ed Slot was suggesting that we smile a lot, even if we are unblocking drains or our own business equivalent. This was turning into one of these dreams that are not quite an accurate representation of reality but was getting close. Apologies for absence were received from all of those who were on holiday, with it being half term, and Iain Martin had won the Oscar the previous week for the 4th time…it was getting more bizarre.
The 60 second round had Kieran Sweeny with a pull-up that he hadn’t pulled up ( and he won the Oscar), Chris Adams suggested that, like Nico Rosberg we should have a backup plan!! Katie Adams was talking about super heroes and for those who don’t like tucking their shirts into their underpants, turn up with a bear. Nige Kirby once again talked about wet heating systems and Christine had brought her acronym to the meeting (NCRS).
Adam Hotson was looking for non profit making organisations and I though seriously offering my own business up.
Fred Harcourt mused that he whilst up a ladder he felt like a conductor. I think there was some mention of lightning which sort of linked up with Nige Kirby’s wet heating system that can be fitted to an electrical boiler.
Phobia of the week from Brian Painter was pigeons. Most of us feel concerned about what they will do if they fly directly overhead; this lady was more concerned about them flying up when she approached them.
You can see that I have pretty vivid dreams!!
My dream continued, the meeting did not have a 10 minute session but everybody asked each other questions about their businesses and what they had earlier mentioned in their 60 second presentations.
Brian Painter was standing in for Scott Griffiths as the Meeting Secretary and when I asked him to give his meeting secretaries report he said he didn’t have one.
I did get a referral from Ian Nicholson which made me think it would be nice if this were a real meeting.
I am looking forward to waking up and being back in the Lake District with the prospect of some serious fell walking. I will be back from my holidays next week and hope to see a full house.
So much for my dream, if any of you would like to contribute by posting what actually happened I will be pleased to hear from you.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Thursday 8th May 2014
20 members present and 2 visitors Gary Waskett, who is only a re-joining fee away from being a member and Sophie Eades, Michael Adelizzi daughter and guest.
Top table was depleted, with Brian Painter standing in for David Plumley and Scott Griffith’s seat empty, which seat he had filled by 7.20am. As Reggie Perrin would have said “…cock up on the alarm clock front…” May that be a lesson to you all; it’s never too late to put in an appearance. If nothing else it gives me something to put in the Blog.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Tuesday 6th May 2014.
19 people had one thing in common. The stupidity, after a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend in particular a Monday of sunshine and relaxation, of having to drag themselves out of bed to be at meeting for just after 6 am. Our lethargic little group sustained themselves initially with coffee and orange juice as they, for the first time in their lives, questioned the value of networking.
Despite the various excuses from holidays to simply a “lie in” there were still 18 of us with 1 guest, Katie Adams representing Havens Hospice and accompanying Peter Hall.