Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 5th May 2016.
A new month and, as if drawing breath, several apologies for absence. 19 members present reminded us of how good our attendance had been over the month of April 2016.
In drawing breath in anticipation of a good month before us David Plumley delivered the Education Slot. It’s theme was quality, the message was that this should be displayed by us both in delivering our services whatever they might be and our conduct with our fellow members in seeking referrals.
With Quality ringing in our ears we were informed that the winner of the Performance League last month was Nick Cooke – well done Nick, a performance of truly biblical proportions.
Scott Griffiths also reminded us that our mug shots are now there for all to be seen on the Web Site. Did I catch a hint of spring and a spring in everyone’s step now that we are all freshly photographed…. maybe not.
Marcelle was the first up in the 60 second round and heralded May by confirming that the Emerald was the birth stone for this month and it is the chromium in it that gives it its colour. A further interesting fact is that it can cost more than a diamond. If the Emerald’s purchaser needs a “happy pocket”, Jo Jones was looking to us all to exercise more in order to achieve a “happy body”. I was particularly taken by her description of the “power of eating well”. Fortified by the Mary Green Manor I already felt that I made a powerfully good start to the morning.
Richard Reed was producing his special offers again; 3 nights in New York at a 4 star hotel for £529.00 per person…that includes getting there. Apparently these offers only become difficult when Richard has to match them up the dates that the people want to fly. That did not seem to come as a great surprise to anybody sitting listening to him.
David Plumley once again referred to his brochure in order to remind us and himself of what he does. If anyone hasn’t seen his brochure a quick telephone call will relieve you of the problem, he has lots to distribute.
The School of Whimsy delivered 2 very similar messages; Nick Cooke warned that however nice looking a little bungalow might be beware of cracks in the front wall and Alan Shaw warned of the consequences, when building an extension, of ignoring rights of light. These esoteric musings by both set the right tone even in absence of Brian Painter who was elsewhere helping people exercise their franchise. Howard Bullock was verging on the borders of Whimsy. A lady had £300,000 spread across 27 bank accounts. She was 80 years old. He produced an investment bond that collected all of the various savings accounts together. Apparently there is nothing to declare so far as tax is concerned for 20 years. I think he is only storing up trouble for the poor old dear who will be 100 and probably incapable of declaring anything.
It was Kim Redwood-Lee who won the Oscar by owning up to nagging clients in order to make sure they complied with their obligations to the tax man and to her as their bookkeeper by delivering her all relevant documents. Who would have thought that Kim was capable of nagging. The surprise was palpable. Alas it was only all too believable as she delivered her 60 seconds with one hand on her hip and that sort of withering look that turns wrongdoers into pillars of salt.
After all that we were ready for the 10 minute presentation which was delivered by our newest member Brian Johnston. It’s always useful to get a 10 minute presentation early on in your membership but the second week was brave. Not only was it brave but it was also very well delivered and illustrated on the screen his presentation coupled with Q & A that followed means we all now know what he does, how he does it, and how we can sell him to ensure referrals.
I leave you with a couple of parting comments:
- For better or worse I will not be with you either next week or the week after.
- In my absence Terry has requested all of us to put in at least one invitation from the Web Site to a potential visitor. Remembers points will be deducted if you do not at least send out one invitation in time for next week. That’s 1000 points. Terry has followed this up with a round robin email so there is no excuse of any of us.
I will be thinking of you all as I follow sheep up fells.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 28th April 2016.
22 members present and 3 visitors. Tony Bowhill, Planning Surveyor, Mark Parmenter Floor Sanding and Sheila Sutton from Crown Support.
It was nice to see Tina Walker at a meeting although we do hear from her every week.
The Ed Slot was something of a “call to arms” by Brian Painter. As good an Ed Slot I have heard; he set out all things we could do during the week as well as turning up for the meetings. However successful we are, if we all cranked up our performance just one notch in the way suggested by our Pilgrim we would all be better members and the meeting a better meeting. Well done Brian.
To follow Richard Reed’s 60 seconds and get the most out of it you needed to have seen a television program. Nobody appeared to have done so.
Peter Hood told of a high pressure hot water tank which sounded exciting if not dangerous, but Donna grabbed everybody’s attention by telling of a lady with £40,000 Kitchen who was installing a booth for which she was providing the material for the furnishings and which involved goldish upholstery and huge sequins. Her description of how exactly how this booth would turn out made it sound very expensively vulgar. Donna’s challenge is to make it tastefully unobtrusive and then take photographs to show us all.
Talking of booths, Paul Booth himself presented a 60 seconds that was far from vulgar and told of a client who deals with product testing.
All of this and not a squeak from the Naughty Table or the School of Whimsy. A jumbo jet crashing every day and building a glass tower next to a house, the whimsical contributions were from Messrs Painter and Shaw respectively. Mercifully Cooke was absent on holiday. By contrast David Plumley was all focused. He looked the part of an H. Rider Haggard character recently returned from a search for King Solomon’s Mines. Like his attire he was short sharp and to the point. He does free IT check-ups and his telephone number is 888442.
Jo Eastwood quoted from Shakespeare as did I but it got us nowhere. The Oscar accolade went to Carmel Jane who handed our personal copies to each member whose photographs she had taken last Thursday. She apparently took 23 photographs in 1 hour, and the skill and anacrity that she did it as well as the handouts quite rightly earned her the Oscar, if for no other reason than a thank you for all of her efforts.
The Meeting Secretary’s report confirmed us on track with our earnings which for this week totalled £15,200.00
It is the 10 minute round that was notable this week. Jo Eastwood decided on a wine tasting challenge for everyone and duly produced a bottle of white and red respectively which we all tasted and gave our judgment upon. Her able assistant John presented the tasting and we had to choose the wine from descriptions respectively produced by Jo, John and Steve Roach. An excellent diversion and a very pleasant 10 minute presentation. Of course it lasted 20 minutes but no one was counting.
Before I sign off I would like to share with you the thoughts that I had when Steve Roach first indicated Phoenix FM would be having an “Orient hour”. I had visions of the mystic east, All spices, scented perfumes and music in the background that normally accompanies the performance of belly dancers. Not if it is “Orient” as in Leyton Orient. As Leyton Orient is everybody’s favouritesecond favourite team there should be sponsors fighting to be selected. Best of luck with that Steve!!!!
Another great turnout. Keep it up and this includes the flow of visitors which is threatening to increase our membership every week. 2 out of the 3 who attended this week showed positive designs on joining. We will hope to see them next week.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 4th April 2016.
Carmel was there at crack of dawn with those who turned up bright eyes and bushy tailed to have their photographs taken. Not only did members turn up early, not only were they rubbed and scrubbed, but there were plenty of them, 25 in all which is one of our best attendances for a long time.
Carmel very successfully got all photographs taken by 7am and our thanks to her for her efforts which no doubt will bear fruit when we see the silk purses appearing on our Web Site. By comparison I suspect turning water into wine will be a simple task although it would tread on Jo Eastwood’s toes.
If Carmel’s efforts represented the first reason to be cheerful and the turnout of 25 members the 2nd , the 3rd was Brian Johnston’s induction as our most recent member. The significance of the name Brian might not have been apparent to him at the beginning of the meeting and indeed not apparent to any of the members at that time. However the 60 second round and indeed the rest of the meeting was dominated by Donna Evan’s declaration at the beginning of her 60 seconds that she thought Alan Shaw was “Brian” Shaw…or rather she just realised that he wasn’t “Brian”; as a group we have never been ones to turn up an opportunity for being school child like in our humour and so there then followed the inevitable miscalling of everyone whose name was Brian and I think our newest member might feel that the suggestion of calling him “Dave” was a good idea.
And so to the 60 second round itself.
One theme that emerged was the “no job too small” declaration that was made by Peter Hood, repeated by Jill Willis and echoed at the end of the round by Alan Moller.
Ever mindful of the value of props in the 60 second round Lewis Hackney produced a limestone brick. You might not be surprised as to learn that it did not win him the Oscar.
Stories about ladies dominated.
Brian Painter talked about a lady with IBS who can now venture out of the house on walks and is aiming at the ultimate of show of confidence, the ability to break wind and in public without embarrassing yourself…how does that work Brian.
Dean had a lady whose problems paled into insignificance but she had had her property on the market for 9 months and he is now trying to shift it for her.
No sooner had Dean sat down then Howard Bullock stood up and told of a woman who had money in the bank she was drawing on to supplement her income. Howard was hoping to stop her leaking money in this way.
Carmel apparently made someone cry by photographing the house they were selling and thereby persuading them not to sell. This is the sort of secret weapon that Dean definitely does not want and it’s not surprising therefore that he did not award her the Oscar. If she made people cry over photographing a house. It will be interesting to see how she gets on with our portraits for the Web Site.
Dean quite rightly awarded the Oscar to Donna, if only for sowing the seeds of entertainment that lasted to the end of the meeting.
As to the rest of the meeting; there were 30 referrals, which is good going and the 10 minute presentation was by none other than Alan Shaw AKA Brian who is settling in to his new persona. Apart from using the screen, which was admirable, he adopted the rather whimsical procedure of laying all of his drawing out on the floor so that we could all tip toe round them and look at them. It worked well enough and was a good presentation. Let’s get out there and find him some Arab Prince who wants a palace building. Otherwise I am sure he will put up with extensions.
There ended our most successful meeting at MaryGreen Manor and it would be wonderful if we maintained out attendance numbers for next week.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Tuesday 14th April 2016.
19 members present and for the first week in several, an absence of visitors made it feel a very relaxed and homely affair.
The education slot frequently provides both the sublime and the ridiculous. We have Alan Shaw delivering the Ed Slot as the next guest presenter, so today we had the sublime. Stuart Smallcombe set out his own company’s experience of the apprenticeship scheme which has worked very well for them. It was not inspirational but it was practical and probably one of the most useful Ed Slots that I have heard for a long time. It did what it said on the tin, it educated us. Thanks very much Stuart for what was a great start to the meeting.
If Stuart Smallcombe’s contribution was workmanlike and effective, to some extent to 60 second round followed his example. Members appeared very worthy and on message including all members of the School of Whimsy who were present i.e. Messrs Shaw and Cooke. The only genuine bit of Whimsy to emanate from Alan Shaw was his reference to what I thought was a“Certificate of Awfulness”. I am told that I misheard and it was a “Certificate of Lawfulness” to which he was referring – oh well, you can always dream…
Matters of interest arising were as follows:
Jo Eastwood talked about MWD, which is not a disturbing medico/physiological state but an acronym for Malbec World Day. Did anyone avail themselves of the open bottle that she claimed she had of the ruby nectar?
Dean Caldon warned of the dangers of the Granny Annex. His concern was for the tax consequences. I am more concerned that we should all be very careful when we step into them.
Scott announced that he is so busy that he has had to take on an assistant who glories under the name of Borat. I do not think it is necessary to comment on this further but if you want to, please do so.
Finally I must draw your attention to Carmel’s presentation which was both sharp and in focus. She produced a series of portraits which gives the impression she could make a silk purse our of a sow’s ear. Remember, all members, next week is her photoshoot when you will have your portrait for the Website refreshed. Provided you do not wear white and turn up as smartly as you possibly can she will try and turn varying degrees of sow’s ear into silk purses…be there early!!
Oh yes and Dean won the Oscar for pointing out the perils of the Granny Annex, well done Dean.
Terry Maylin reported to the meeting on the progress of the recruitment drive which now seems well under way and he then entertained us with his 10 minutes. Again, a bit like Stuart Smallcombe, he produced practical advice for members in taking on new customers and clients. He emphasised the importance of obtaining full details so that you are perfectly certain with whom you are trading with and whom your contract is with. It also enables you to chase down any slow or non-payers. An excellent 10 minutes of sound basic advice which we should all use as an opportunity to check our procedures and make sure were are lining ourselves up properly in our business dealings.
A very comfortable and very useful meeting simply leads me to sign off with another call to arms. Photographs next week make sure you are all there and early.
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.