Business Networking Blog – Guest Written by Kevin Radford
Unfortunately our resident blogger had to leave the meeting early today to attend a training course in London so I thought I would have a go instead. By the way Aidan and Terry you both owe the charity pot a pound for turning up in jeans – its simply not allowed I’m afraid.
13 present in all including Peter Wild, Santander Local Business Manager.
Billy Foxwell was substituting for Hugo Heij and whilst the numbers were disappointing I was pleased to note that there were seven apologies for absence.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 2nd October 2014.
Well another month is over, characterised by really good attendance levels, an average amount of business passed, but business recorded (£40,000). The clear winner of the performance league – Kevin Radford. How does he do it… he gives lots of referrals; he probably has the same opportunities as all of us but he recognises them and converts them for the members benefit. We could all learn from his consistency. It doesn’t stop it from being irritating though!
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Tuesday 30th September 2014.
17 members present and 9, yes 9, visitors. Congratulations to all of you for your efforts for trying to locate potential visitors. It can be a fruitless task. Prior to the meeting I was given an indication of 11 confirmed visitors and to get 9 is a very good return.
Laura Rudd, the hairdresser has already made her application and paid her money and one or two others made the right noises after the meeting.
Having got things this far may I ask you all who made invitations, particularly to those who confirmed, to follow up:
For those who turned up, follow them up and make sure they are going to turn up next week and apply to join.
For those who confirmed but who did not turn up chase them down and get them to come to next week’s meeting a first time visitor.
For those who just unable to follow through and make contact and think they still might be interested, ‘phone them up tell them how successful the meeting was and try to encourage them to come for the first time.
And so what of the meeting itself! It was of its nature explanatory and the Education Slot and the 10 minute presentation were specifically targeted in this way.
The 60 second round also had an element of general introduction an explanation of what we did. In this regard everybody performed admirably. No 60 second round would be complete and no visitor introduction properly made if there was not the treat of Brian Painter rolling out the various constituent parts of the cigarette. He did not disappoint, and Dr Deb was her animated self, energetically describing the Vegan based hair and skin products and was quite rightly rewarded with the Oscar. I think it was the fact that she was about to invade Poland that just did it for her.
Testimonials and referrals round was probably the best that we have had. 13 referrals and nearly £3,000 worth of business recorded. We continue to progress.
If today’s Blog seems little more than a back patting exercise it was because it was deserved!
If this Blog is also a call to arms to follow up further on out visitors to try and increase the numbers who come to us following our recent initiative, that is how it should be!
I leave you to the tender mercies of Brian Painter next week with hopes of another good turn out and new members applying.
Congratulations to everyone.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 25th September 2014.
16 members present and 3 guests; Chris Atkins of Print Solutions, Marcus Brown a previous member cleaning contractors and Toyin Ayandare a Property Investment Manager.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Tuesday 23rd September 2014.
Holidays well and truly over and 16 present.
It was inevitable that the meeting will be dominated by next week’s Visitor’s breakfast and hopefully, both by use of the Ed Slot and the 10 minute presentation, foundations have been laid for us to co-ordinate our visitor efforts. Team Leaders to collate potential visitors on Friday of this week with a view to a final count of check of heads on Monday so that we can notify the Golf Club on what hopefully will be a realistic estimate of numbers.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 18th September 2014.
Congratulations on a good turnout, 21 in all.
A simple but important Ed Slot delivered by our worthy Education and Development Officer. It was something of a call to arms. We have two very successful and well run Synergy Teams which do raise a very useful forum for members to get more information about each other and improve the chance of referrals. Paul Booth chairs the Professions/Finance Group and Richard Reed the Business to Consumer. Members should try and attend one of these each month. Why not bring a visitor to the next meeting you attend.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Tuesday 16th September 2014
Attendance slightly up on last week, 11 members present but not enough apologies for absence.
For further reference if you cannot make the meeting please make your emailed apology to Richard Willis. This will mean that it is not broadly disseminated before the meeting and if you make your apology late, Richard is always equipped with tablet or other device to put it to the meeting whenever it is received.
Business Networking Blog 9th September
Not sure if it was the enhanced terrorist threat warning, or a massive pile up around Billericay. For whatever reason, numbers were an all time low this morning at the lovely located Burstead Golfclub.
Although numbers were low, spirits were high as usual. And as every cloud has a silver lining, we were not crammed in when we ate our extra full plates of breakfast.
In absence of Aiden, Brian Painter did a fantastic job chairing the meeting, and all went very smooth.
Thought we had 20 plus one visitor, Ed Crocker, former member who has sort of reinvented himself, however at 7.19 am, yes I was looking, Alan Shaw, like a ferret down a trouser leg, was in his seat, so we were 22 in all.
Paul Booth figured prominently initially. He was the runaway winner of the August Performance League and delivered the Ed Slot. His regular performance levels deserve attention by us as to what he says about our Group. His point today was the importance of Visitors, whether converted into members or not. It is important that we all are vigilant for new members. The more members the more business. This initiative is being pursued as I write this blog. May I add my voice to the encouragement for all of us to concentrate over the next few weeks on Visitors.