Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 23rd June 2016
The rain was biblical in proportions as if the Gods were sneering at British humans holding something called a referendum and daring to think it might be important.
23 people fought through the deluge to Mary Green Manor for something far more important……a meeting of EBF.
Matt Barry’s first meeting as a member was accordingly auspicious. Scott Griffiths was in the lead in the Performance league.
David Plumley was held up by the deluge but arrived in time to deliver an Education slot that drew our attention to the significance of flyers that come through our door from tradesmen seeking business. They are an ideal source of potential visitors. So next week bring along all relevant flyers and we will look at them collectively. I think David was unsure of the reception he was likely to get, as he delivered his homily from the stairs. That or he was still badly affected by the floods!!!
The fate of the nation was also given passing reference in the 60 second round.
Dean mixed it up with the “Euros” which was far more interesting. Alan Shaw, after asking to be referred to Funeral Parlours uttered the memorable “……….euuuuuuuu….” and then sat down. Single handedly he carried the School of Whimsy this week.
Jo Jones is still looking for someone to massage on a Wednesday……come on guys!!!!!
Marcelle showed us a diamond the size of a tennis ball; Michael Adelissi maintained the sporting theme ,referring to Boxing but this was in relation to pipes in a wet room.
Paul Booth won the Oscar because he gave everyone Booth and Co. pens. This was not a prop……just simple bribery.
The numbers were good this week; in excess of £10,000 business recorded and 24 referrals.
There will be a new synergy team sexily named “Creative and Tech”. It will meet on the first Thursday of the month after our breakfast meeting. If you aspire to be either creative or tech come along….why not come along anyway!!!!
The stand in for the Ten minute presentation was none other than the star of the naughty corner, Howard Bullock. His grasp of his business and the services offered was vastly superior to his grasp of the projecting hardware but there had been a lot of rain and his technical assistant, the rain affected Plumley, were relevant factors. Good clear financial advice as always.
For those of you who have not done so yet check my email on the visit to Hyde Hall and try to be there.
I’m missing you already….I’ll see you in two weeks time.
This week’s Essex Business Forum meeting was quieter than usual (so many holidays!) with 18 members in attendance, but still as lively and worthwhile as always!
Feverishly multi-tasking, Brian Painter of Pilgrim Hypnotherapy (standing in for both Aidan Squire of Quality HR & David Plumley of Integrate Networks) chaired confidently. Guiding us all through the proceedings.
Headlines to take away and savour include;
1. Alan Moller, Cable Plan Electrician topped the performance league, with Scott Griffiths of Eseyo Web Design in second and Dean Caldon of Redstones Estate Agents in third.
2. Jo Jones of Jo Jones Health scooped the 60 second award – for a very physical and interactive stretching session!
3. Scott was presented with the award for May Network Leader.
4. Scott showed us his ‘referral snake’ (que Benny Hill theme tune) £6.5 million worth of referral slips saved for the records since the group began. Sensational!
5. New member Matt Barry joined us today, from graphic design business Blue Serif. We all welcome him and feel incredibly happy to have another stellar local business within our ranks.
We were given a taste of the poetic by Nick Cooke of Nick Cooke & Associates Structural Engineer.
In his engaging education slot Nick recited ‘The Business Man’. Quirky and a little ‘off the wall’, but then Nick is an outstanding structural engineer…
The 60 second round had some interesting topics this week. With Howard Bullock of Clear Financial Advice telling us about the work he is doing to refine client’s existing financial investments, to protect against any potential market fluctuations created as a result of the EU Referendum next week. New member Matt showcased his firm’s branding work, presenting an excellent example of logo development work for local client Mackenzie King.
Mike Rogers of The Mortgage Store gave an outstanding 10 minute presentation, explaining why, post-recession, an expert mortgage advisor is a fundamental part of securing a mortgage. We were left in no doubt that ‘better call Mike’ should be the phrase on every would-be buyer’s lips before attempting to secure a mortgage.
With all mortgages now having to be individually underwritten, and each lender choosing to take a different approach to how they choose to lend, the marketplace is a confusing minefield, which needs expert navigation. Not only that, but schemes such as the Government’s Equity Loan Scheme can leave first time buyers in a precarious position, if they don’t fully understand the future implications the loan will have.
Following some (as always) interesting stories, it was clear that Mike is capable of helping anyone who would like to get onto the mortgage ladder, or improve their existing mortgage…no matter how complex or unusual their situation may be.
For more information on the services Mike provides, contact 01268 573603 or visit www.the-mortgagestore.co.uk
FOR NEXT WEEK – The theme of the 60 second round will be BREXIT, and the B2C Synergy meeting will be taking place on Monday 20th at The George and Dragon 5pm. For more info contact Richard Reed of Prestige Holidays & Travel at email@example.com
The social picnic idea was confirmed. The two potential dates are Sunday 18th or 25th September.
Brian will be circulating a yes/no sheet next week. Please come with your diary and let’s get this fun day out confirmed!
See you next week!
Jill (in for Aidan)
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 9th June 2016.
20 Members were present with Graphic Designer Matt Barry and Insolvency Practitioner Mellissa Jackson present invited by Scott Griffiths and Paul Booth respectively.
Please remember for future weeks, those of you have successfully invited a visitor will have the pleasure of formally introducing them to the meeting. This will be after I have given details of any apologies for absence.
After a break of a couple of weeks I had taken stock of the contents of the Blog and note that over recent months I have made very little comment upon the sartorial accomplishments of our members. Let me try and put this right.
Brian Painter always presents a dapper image and this week was no exception. Other fashion matters that stood out included Lewis Hackney’s welcome to Summer; open collared yellow shirt and tailored shorts. Pride of place however must go to Jill Willis who wore trousers that were both eye catching and challenging. They were challenging because I had been racking my brains as to particular creature of the veldt the pattern represented. Was it tiger, puma or some type of cross breed. Jill might be able to enlighten but otherwise you are all welcome to have guess. It certainly caught my attention as she stood up and delivered a very effective Ed Slot. Her subject was the importance of using our EBF personal entries to ensure that they contain maximum information and link with website. The advice was both helpful and important but how many people will take her up on it remains to be seen. Some leopards never change their spots. ….was that a Freudian association!!!
As the 60 second round started the recently returned from holiday members apparently exhibited jet lags as well as tans. We can only hope that Peter Hood, Scott Griffiths and Paul Booth will be firing on all cylinders in the next day or so.
As to presentation, the School of Whimsy was fully represented and in good form. Nick Cooke continues his exploration of structural faults. Last week he talked about cracks, this week it was sagging roofs which result from people going up into their attic and taking out bits of wood to enable them to get their luggage in. Brian Painter was defusing a OCD Dentist who not only scrubbed up well herself but tried to scrub up her family both husband and children. Brian resolved it. For a pittance.
Alan Shaw however probably takes pride of place amongst his fellow Whimsies. He went to the Rolling Stones Exhibition and discovered that they took an architect on tour with them to make sure the stage design was at its best. You get the impression he feels he has missed out on a particular course that his career could have taken. Heaven knows how we would have viewed the Beverly Sisters if Alan had been involved with them. Howard Bullock, prime mover of the Naughty Corner was whimsical himself. He talked of how to boil frogs. Now that there is a strong possibility of Britain leaving the EU we are at last starting to explore continental habits.
Other efforts included Jo Eastwood parading her European beers and; pride of place going to a brew from the Trappist Monks which was strong enough to render you speechless.
Mike Rogers declared that he had 10 files on his desk and promptly was awarded the Oscar by Marcelle. What would have happened if he had had 20 files.
The 10 minute presentation was a Peter Hood special. It started without any pictures on the screen, he started his presentation and then suddenly the screen lit up. We saw images of toilets and hand basins before and after. There is a rumour that next time he does a presentation he will run the same pieces of bathroom furniture but will include the occupants using them. In one instance I suspect you only need one occupant to use both facilities simultaneously but I am pleased to be able to testify that you could tell the difference between before and after. To be fair to Peter, he appears to have dealt with and overcome very difficult situations not least Alan Shaw demonstrating a leak with a movement of his hands that was more representative of a fountain than a leak.
We finally moved to a very positive referrals and testimonials round and it was a good advertisement for our visitors. There is a good prospect that at least one of our visitors will join. Whilst we are talking about visitors do not forget that Terry’s request that we all review our recent invitations and re-approach people who appear to have some interest in joining.
Well, that’s your lot for this week, I look forward to seeing you all again next week.
Business networking meeting review (19th May) by Jill Willis
This week’s Essex Business Forum meeting was a bustling success.
Brian Painter of Pilgrim Hypnotherapy (doing his best impersonation of Aidan Squire of Quality HR) chaired confidently, and guided us all through the proceedings.
Headlines to take away and savour include;
1. Scott Griffiths of Eseyo Web Design topped the performance league, with Terry Maylin of TM Law coming in second and Mike Rogers of The Mortgage Store in third.
2. David Plumley of Integrate Networks scooped the 60 second award – for a very theatrical warning on the perils of not protecting sufficiently against ransomware attacks against workplace IT systems.
3. Carmel Jane gave an outstanding presentation, showcasing the range of commercial and consumer photographic services she provides from her professional studio.
4. £46k of business passes at today’s meeting – a smoking hot figure!
5. 18 new referral opportunities – well done folks!
We were all reminded of the value of one-to-one meetings with fellow members by David Plumley. In his engaging education slot David outlined the importance of maintaining a continual cycle of member one-to-ones and suggested we each mix things up a little to keep the meetings exciting and relevant. Perhaps organising a group ‘one-to-one’, think adhoc synergy meeting. Bringing together a small group (perhaps up to 5) fellow members, and each taking 10 minutes to talk in more detail about their specialism and how other members can help them to attract new business. Perhaps consider alternative venues, or get into the habit of scheduling one-to-one meetings to take place in the lounge at Mary Green Manor following Thursday’s EBF breakfast. Most importantly though, use the one-to-one form as your discussion framework, and start meeting. Getting to know your fellow members, and building trust and confidence, is the first step to cultivating referrals.
The 60 second round had some interesting topics this week. With Nick Cooke, of Nick Cooke & Associates Structural Engineers telling us about a current project he’s involved with…relating to a bank, and the installation of some seriously heavy weight safes. Jo Jones of Jo Jones Massage & Fitness used Paul Booth of Booth & Co Accountants (A.K.A The Body) as her prop…tape measure in hand! Brian Johnston of Insightful Environments talked about the dangers of poor posture in the workplace and Brian Painter of Pilgrim Hypnotherapy gave us all the heebeegeebees when he talked of regressing a client to a past life. All in all a very entertaining and informative round.
Carmel Jane, of Carmel Jane Photography wowed us all with her sensational portfolio presentation. With exceptional images taken at a range of her photographic shoots; from dance school shows, to commercial head shots, actor head shots, fashion & event imagery, family portraits and even sports shots from the ropes of a boxing match. The quality of her work, photographic credentials and level of professionalism shone through.
After taking lots of interesting questions from the floor, Carmel reminded EBF members that her studio based commercial head shot package is available for £75 (usual price for non-members £95). So we were all left thinking that a trip to her studio at Stubbers Farm, Ingatestone will be on the cards soon.
For more information on the photographic services Carmel Jane Photography offers contact Carmel via http://www.carmeljane.co.uk/contact.php
With 23 members in attendance, I’m sure you’ll all agree, once again we have a solid demonstration of the value EBF brings to each of our businesses.
See you next week!
Jill (in for Aidan)
Members Business Networking blog Thursday 12th May 2016.
Written by Alan Shaw of Alan Shaw Architects.
Our chairman is away walking in The Fells and probably visiting Leicester for the celebrations (said with gritted teeth for those of us of other persuasions eg Tottenham Hotspurs) and Brian Painter took on the role.
Our numbers were 17 with several apologies for absence. Scott Griffiths – Gave an announcement regarding the performance league. Scott also mentioned that perhaps we should all dedicate one hour to think about improving E.B.F. We could ask members to find out if past members would be interested in rejoining and have a one to one with them. (We could use the invite form to contact them.) We are all tasked with inviting a person this week. 1000 points deducted for anybody failing to do so!
Peter Hood started the 60 seconds round speaking about new sanitary ware he was fitting for a client. They had ordered all the units themselves and he then had found problems when fixing them.
Richard Reed –Stressed the importance of giving him dates of intended holidays even if the exact destination was not known. He also mentioned the latest special holiday deals.
Dean Caldon – spoke of a slowdown in the housing market in the Brentwood and Billericay area mainly owing to not enough houses on the market. This is exasperated by not enough houses being built. In the renting sector there are people who run into difficulties regarding rent payments which leads to eviction.
Carmel Jane – told us about her latest photography commission which was to photograph two separate years of pupils at New Hall School. The results which she showed us were stunning.
Alan Moller. – is very busy with small and large electrical installations. He has just finished a rewire of a house belonging to my mother-in-law which was carried out with minimal disturbance to the walls. His tag line is ‘if you need to light the fire call a spark; ( or something like that!)
Brian Painter – Relayed one of his many stories of patients with phobias. A lady patient with the fear of escalators came to him for help. After several sessions of hypnosis the lady totally forgot her fear. Brian’s ideal referral is anybody with a ‘fear’.
Kim Redwood-Lee – said that she is getting lots of new clients who have had a book keeper for years and for one reason or another they have either retired or divorced their wife who was their book keeper. Kim is looking for these types of people.
Jo Eastwood – Liquorice showed several exotic wine which she recommends. She is hosting a fine wines tasting evening on 25th May from 7pm – 9pm.
Steve Roach. – said Phoenix FM is involved with several events including Supercar, Live Music and Singing on 25th May and a Golf Day with Ronnie O’Sullivan and Steve Davis. No! it will not be boring. £10 of each ticket will be given to charity. Contact Steve for details. (Roach not Davis!)
Brian Johnston – explained his business as selling furniture and designing, plus fitting out office environments from a couple of desks to large offices.
Paul Booth previously said he was interested in updating The Hermitage and getting rid of the monks.
David Plumley – our systems analyst engineer, said that he is involved in changing a sub net. That is not the actual Net, it is an offshoot of it. At other times he sorts out computer problems and security issues.
Scott Griffiths – all things internet. The easiest referral for us to find for him would be a naff e mail address. Eg Fredsmith@yahoo.com. If anyone receives something like that send them an e mail saying you know of someone who can give you a proper business e mail address for approximately £50.00.
Kevin Brooks – has had a day off this week to extend his conservatory. Apparently his wife was not pleased with the area where work was being carried out but he soon sorted it out, although it could not have been as bad as taking his wife’s best dresses to the Charity Shop by mistake!
Stuart Smallcombe – of L.G. Networks . His core business is reselling telephone lines and also everything that BT do but 30% cheaper. The only charge is billing and for administration. They also only deal with businesses.
Michael Adelizzi – he is very busy with supplying and fitting new bathrooms and would like more shop sales of wall and floor tiles plus showers.
Terry Maylin. Has a client who had a nasty accident and he is claiming off of her insurance company. As Insurance companies only want to pay out the minimum amount, if anything at all. Terry is on the case to gain the maximum.
Ten Minute Slot. – An excellent ten minute slot was given by Stuart Smallcome – L.G. Networks . Our marathon man gave a relaxed, illuminated light hearted ten minutes stating that they work for a variety of companies ranging from small businesses up to large companies such as Banks, Hotel and The Royal Opera House providing cabling systems for telephones, security and CCTV.
Ideal referrals: slow internet situations; companies relocating offices; VoIP (Voice over Internet requirements.)
Synergy Team Meetings: Business to Business. 2nd Tuesday of every month.
Professional: 3rd Tuesday of every month.
Footnote: Come back soon Aidan, all is forgiven.
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.