Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday September 2015.
Fortunately it was a nice but bright crisp morning as 10 of us stood outside the golf club until 6.45, the rest arriving shortly on our heels. I think the fresh air did us all good.
Kevin was on a “Kevin” as also was Kevin and Christian too. As well as those on holiday, lots of apologies for absence which is better than nothing.
It was therefore 16 of us that came to order at about 7.10 am
Due to a lack of numbers, most co-operated by moving up the table towards the top to create a cosier atmosphere. The Naughty Corner of Bullock and Booth stayed where they were although both Dean Caldon and Stuart Smallcombe displayed more common sense than allegiance and came up the table.
The meeting kicked off; of course David Plumley immediately transported to the far end of the table next to the Naughty Corner to deliver the Ed Slot. This Ed Slot was a reminder of the importance of the meeting for presenting yourself and in particular the 60 Second Presentation. He was keen to point out that errs and ums should be avoided and that produced some confusion when the 60 Second Round began in earnest…..for the umers and the errers that is.
On matters sartorial, striped shirts both pink and blue were much in evidence. Rather sadly I overheard a conversation by someone with a pink shirt with a blue stripe indicating that he had a matching blue one with a pink stripe. Apparently he was not the only one. To be fair this was a conversation that took place outside the club house whilst we were waiting to be let in and I suppose it passed the time.
It was a meeting of revelations.
Prime revelation; Stuart Smallcombe confirmed that cat 5 could do the 100 metres at 100 miles per hour, cat 6 could do the 100 meters at 1000 miles an hour. Fibre optic can do the 100 meters at 10,000 miles per hour. Yes it’s all about cabling.
Revelation number 2; there are 8.4 million smokers and in every year they each accumulate a litre of tar in their lungs. Apparently enough to surface the M1 and more. It is more the thought of said smokers moving up and down as motorway coughing up tar that might have put me off my breakfast. Enough to make you long for the good old fashioned pavement oyster. Yes of course it was Brian Painter who regaled us with this information.
Revelation number 3 came from Nick Cooke. He was called to a bungalow in Vange to check that roof alterations had not damaged the structure of the roof. Apparently prospective purchasers wanted their minds put at rest and that’s just what he did. So where’s the revelation there you ask? well …I didn’t know anybody every moved into Vange… only out.
Revelation number 4; there is a beer called “Faceless Spreadsheet Ninja” Jo Eastwood brought it along and presented it to the member who most seemed to fit the description…Paul Booth of course.
The next Revelation came from David Plumley who said that Windows 10 is OK.
Howard Bullock revealed that he was particularly keen to meet 35 year old men who had a wife and child. I do not k now whether this is a revelation or not but I thought would mention it.
Revelation of the day that won the Oscar was from Dean Caldon who told us of changes to the law as from the 1st October 2015 that would affect Landlords. Smoke and Carbon Dioxide alarms will be compulsory and some deregulation. Richard Reed who was awarding the Oscar felt this was both interesting and informative and Dean was the worthy winner.
Quite a good 60 second round really.
Despite our small numbers our Meeting Secretary was able to confirm in excess of £18,000.00 worth of business recorded and 18 referrals by the end of the meeting, which is a very encouraging outcome from the meeting.
Paul Booth delivered the report on the Synergy Team Meeting that took place on last Tuesday for the Finance Group.
We went into breakfast upbeat with the knowledge that there was extra food to be eaten to cover those who were missing.
I am as to how to report on the 10 minute presentation. At first sight it looked as if Alan Shaw had well and truly espoused technology. He was all set up with lap top and TV screen and then one or two illustrations scattered on the sofas in front of him.
His espousal of technology was somewhat dented by the need for David Plumley to spend some minutes exhibiting his own skill with computers but at last it was all ready, the screen lit up and we got brief glimpses of the Alan Shaw business set up. It quickly moved to a rather impressive presentation of a building that was destined for the Sea Front at Westcliff. It’s design apparently did not see light of day but it formed an interesting back drop whilst Alan delivered what turned out to be quite a polished performance in selling his wares. This had been mirrored in the 60 second Round when he talked about feasibility studies and what type of customers or clients he was looking for. I was rather hoping for something the equivalent of the brick in the cistern but no such revelation emerged. We were left with, rather disappointedly in my view, a very well put together 10 minutes that prompted several questions and also gave us food for thought in looking for referrals for Alan.
Well done Alan.
I have nothing more to add other than to remind you that you will be condemned next week to the tender mercies of our Pilgrim. I will see you the following week and I look forward to reading a Blog that is describing a well attended successful meeting.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 3rd September 2015.
Members are starting to drift back. A good turnout brought out 21 of our members with 1 visitor Iain Hargreaves who is a Caterer.
Nick Cooke was not present but he is to be congratulated on his comprehensive win in the Performance League for the month of August; what with that and writing the Blog last week it was probably exhaustion although he did find the strength to tender his apologies. Look forward to seeing you next week Nick.
The Ed Slot had Richard Willis guesting and he hit us with technology straight away. He produced a flip chart….. and presented us with the acronym SMART. It was something of an insight into a positive approach into building your business and the question of the week for all of you but Richard. Please put in your comments the key words that go to make up the acronym SMART.
Not only did we have a detailed Ed Slot to think about but I had, what is becoming a more regular pleasure of inducting a new Member. Lucinda Wilson has now joined our ranks and was formally welcomed.
It had already been a busy meeting before we hit the 60 second round. Most of the usual suspects were in place. The NaughtyCorner was fully stocked, and the School of Whimsy was only lacking Nick Cooke. Sadly, on the sartorial side there was little to write home about but mention perhaps should be made of David Plumley’s “plum” coloured pully.
The inter play of “cause” and “effect”. There used to be a dog that lived next door to me that barked every time a hot air balloon appeared and flew over our house. The dog I am sure was convinced that his continued barking saw the balloon off. I am haunted by a similar feeling when Peter Hood tells of all the leaks that he attends to… If I did not know better from his various ministrations at my house I would probably be of a similar mind to next door’s dog.
It’s fair to say that the Naughty Corner actually behaved itself this week, probably due to post holiday euphoria that will no doubt disappear next week. Stuart Smallcombe gave an impeccable 60 seconds explaining who he was, what his company does and what work he is looking for. Howard Bullock likewise gave clear information about cashing in your pension and 3 reasons why you should reconsider. Kevin Radford is about to depart on holiday and did not want manufacturing clients…much. Dean Caldon was clear and concise “…we are sales and letting agents, that’s what we do”.
The School of Whimsy were similarly straight laced. Alan Shaw explained that he designed buildings although he did talk about visiting someone and being contacted 3 months later. He did not say whether he remembered this immediately when contacted or not. Brian Painter explained that 1 in 4 of us go to the doctor with stress and are medicated. Of course he recommended, as a far better alternative, non invasive hypnotherapy. Not to worry, relief is at hand for those of us who like a bit of whimsy. Jo Jones, anticipating her 10 minutes simply told us not to eat too much. Jo Eastwood produced bottles of Rose and got to the 4th of 6 andthen was belled out and sat down. Christian Cuvelier said he had a quiet week and therefore was developing “something stationary”. I won’t tell if you don’t Christian.
The winner of the Oscar this week was Donna Evans who won it in my eyes when she didn’t groan at the announcement of her turn. She told us who she was what she wanted and just in case any of you missed it “Shutters”. Well done Donna.
Despite Jo Jones’s admonishments we all then tucked into breakfast.
It was Jo Jones’s first 10 minute presentation. Despite her obvious nervousness, or perhaps because of this, she produced an excellent presentation with full use of technology (the TV Screen and her laptop) but also props which included dumb bells Paul Booth and Allan Moller. It was a really good presentation, indeed almost inspirational. I am considering my position on this.
Finally Paul Booth, standing in for Scott Griffiths as Meeting Secretary provided some good numbers. Last month we acknowledged £78,410 worth of business with 68 referrals. This keeps up our average in what is often the slowest month of the year with holidays. This week saw 22 referrals and lots of new business acknowledged, a good start to the month of September not only as to numbers but also to the quality and size of the meeting. A full house next week would be good!!!
Business Networking meeting Review for 27th August – written by our member Nick Cooke
Well, another good meeting under our belts. Not too many people present but that the way it is at this time of year.
Brian Painter our resident Hypnotherapist stood in for our chairman Aidan Squire and a fine job he did of it too.
It wasn’t until the 60 second had got underway that Brian asked for a volunteer. It was a little warm in the room and I stood up simply to take my jacket off at that precise point in time. Unfortunately my rising was mistaken as volunteering so I was given the onerous responsibility of preparing this week’s blog. So here goes:
As always, our various 60 seconds were a mixed bag but all of them, well at least most of them, did the trick nicely. We said who we were, what we did and the sort of work we were looking for this week. The format of our 60 second presentations was in fact the subject of the weekly Education Slot delivered in the usual impeccable style by our Systems Analyst and Engineer, aka the computer guy David Plumley. Isn’t he great?
The winner of the Oscar for the best 60 seconds last week was Jo Eastwood of Liquorice fame who has been with us for a few weeks now. So it was her duty this week to award it to another lucky recipient who was Lewis Hackney our Hard Landscaping Specialist who mentioned on a few occasions how he kept getting soaked all the time. So wet landscaping as well as hard landscaping it would seem.
Our other new member Lucinda Wilson gave us all a couple of testimonials that she had received for providing her recruitment services. Always great to hear testimonials from the group members.
Breakfast was great as usual and then it was time for the weekly 10 minute presentation. It was Jo Eastwood’s turn for this and so keen she was to get to the meeting in time that she had to break into the building and she set off the alarm! Her keenness can only be admired. Jo’s presentation was very professional and slick. She showed a series of very clear pictures of her modern off-licence including the a new feature that she has recently incorporated in the building, a tasting room. This is part of her new marketing strategy. Jo is planning to hold corporate team building events, hen nights, pre dinner drinks and weekly tutored tastings for wine, beer, gin, whisky and most other drinks too. Jo also provides a Pod Bar which enables her customers to sample wine at any time of the day. Well done Jo an excellent 10 minutes.
The referral round managed to drum up a little work for the group. Not a bad performance for the group for the last week in August.
All in all a good meeting. I know we are all looking forward to next week even though it’s going to be a little darker in the morning. Soon be Christmas eh?
Happy networking to you all. Nick
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 20th August 2015
Lots of Members on holiday but as with the first two weeks of this month, a really good turn out by those who are back in Blighty working. 19 Members in all and a visitor from a recruitment company who is threatening to return next week.
Our visitor was introduced by Scott Griffith’s and it was Scott who delivered the Ed Slot. It took the form of guidance as to how our 60 second presentation should be delivered to qualify for the Oscar and it was a useful reminder of us all to make sure we have the structure of introducing ourselves and our business, explaining what we do, and why we should be recommended, the clients that we are looking for with a Tag Line or a Prop if possible. With that guidance ringing in our ears we went full tilt in to the 60 second round.
It was a slightly “quieter” 60 second round, largely due to the disappearance of the naughty corner. This was due to its principal occupants being away on holiday and those who weren’t, deserting the area leaving 3 seats empty… well, that was until our ranks were boosted during the 60 round by the late but welcome arrival of Christian Cuvelier who occupied one of the 3 vacant seats, but generally behaved himself.
And what of the School of Whimsy this week? Well, to be frank, a bit dull and boring. Nick Cooke, perhaps overwhelmed by the responsibility of awarding the Oscar told us just what he does, the designing of steel beams where owners are looking to take down a wall in their house. Alan Shaw was not much better, he explained he was an architect, that he designed buildings and did feasibility studies. Come on lads…
The movements other participant, Brian Painter went some way towards redeeming the groups esteem. He told of a client who would only eat commercial mashed potatoes. Wasn’t it a small alien creature in the Smash adverts who looked askance at the potatoes as opposed to the powdered product. Anyway, this client could not stomach the real thing. There was a gag in there somewhere…
It was nice to see Marcelle back, she was parading the virtues of the green Peridot. It is for 16th wedding anniversaries, its scale of hardness is 6 ½ . Well so far as Oscar nominations are concerned, she told us who she was, she told us what she was selling,described it clearly and told us whom she was looking for (people with 16th wedding anniversaries). She then signed off saying again who she was. Surely a candidate for the Oscar.
With their numbers swelled to 5 by our guest the ladies stood in as a good substitute for the naughty corner. Useless pieces of information from Jo Jones, “I treat little niggles…” and Donna Evans, “ I worked for a lady in Billericay who did not like me…”…..and finally Jo Eastwood, who threw caution to the wind and to everybody’s delight served us all up with a small measure of a rum caramel drink. When I say rum I am referring to the drink rather than using it as an adjective. She ran very energetically nay manically round the table and had us all taste. I think we all warmed to and were warmed by the drink. I saved a just a little bit of the portion to add to the baked beans… it certainly helped perk them up.
And so we came to the adjudication for the Oscar Nick Cooke who declared himself mindful of all of Scott’s guidance and then went with his heart and chose Jo for supplying us all with a drink….. oh Nick Nick Nick, “..blow in his ear and he’ll follow you anywhere…”
Not that I am complaining about a member who supplied me with a drink in the morning and generally, confidently presents her 60 seconds. Well done Jo.
We had a Synergy Team Report this week from Richard Reed from the Business to Consumer Group which confirmed a very useful meeting.
So we broke for breakfast and resumed with a 10 minute presentation by guess who…Nick Cooke!!! Nick is an assured performer and principally treated us to an explanation of his role in party wall awards. Most of us have had cause to either use of recommend Nick’s services over the years and his expertise and confidence cannot be in doubt. Let’s see what we can specifically find for him this week.
The referrals round produced at least as many referrals as there were Members present which is always a good test. Let’s see if, as next week is the final week in August, we can maintain the numbers both in people attending and business passed.
I look forward to seeing you all then.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 13th August 2015.
With so many on holiday this week it was a very pleasant surprise to have 19 members present. There resulted a very good meeting.
In the Ed Slot David Plumley reviewed all of the possible things we could do in one week as members of EBF and it was a useful reminder.
This followed a performance league report from Scott Griffiths. His mum’s on holiday this week so of course, it was left to him. The figures did not get entered up. The moral of this situation, “don’t leave a boy to do a mothers work”. Things would only get better.
So the 60 second round kicked off with the Naughty Corner almost fully stocked; Messrs Booth, Bullock, Radford and Caldon were all in place. Only Stuart Smallcombe was missing. The School of Whimsy was fully represented,. Messes Shaw, Cooke and Painter sitting there raring to go. The Naughty Corner was supplemented by the Bard of Hadleigh who started off by asking for a pound for every time anyone said that “they were very careful” and presumably not in need of insurance and he finished talking about Mr Durrant with a pressure hose being invasive in a way that enabled him to produce a fairly healthy insurance claim. This was probably the best from the Naughty Corner but run a close second by Dean Caldon declaring that he now had a sales progression team at Redstones.
It was the School of Whimsy that outshone all rivals. Nick Cooke read an extract of a letter from his optician. He appeared to do this without glasses which I thought was quite clever. This was in fact a simile of how he helps people with structural surveys. You would be blind not to see how good a deal this was. Not to be outdone Alan Shaw explained how he has been instructed to design a sky room. Rather than this being some massive monument to the Murdock empire it was in fact a posh conservatory. Brian Painter produced 2 post cards from ex-smokers, both of whom had managed to kick the habit and was happy with the outcome for different reasons. Unlike Nick Cooke he did not read from them. The three of them get the prize for bizarre offerings of the week.
If Richard Reed had started quicker he might have got his list of special offers in, the best of which seemed to be 5 star hotels in Crete and Lanzarote in September. Usefully his follow up email during the day gave us all the information we needed.
Donna Evans produced a substantial prop in the form of a display book that showed all different types of blinds and curtain patterns in one. It was a sort of mezze of her products and apparently it cost her £150.00. Maybe this is the answer for the Greek economy
Jo Eastwood was inducted earlier in the meeting and as our most recent new member she rather scarily warned us against drink driving, sclerosis of the liver and generally put the damper on those who like a tipple. I assume that this was an opening salvo so that she could unashamedly in coming weeks ply her trade and be confident that she could answer any criticism with the words “Don’t say I didn’t warn you …”
On the morbid side, Kevin Brooks told of a funeral home that had been badly damaged by fire and how his team were rewiring the fridges in the morgue which apparently presented a working environment that his employees did not entirely appreciate.
Peter Hood looked as if he was going to tell a tale of a great job of renovation and something different from his usual stories about lavatories. However the room he was renovating was a downstairs WC… so no change there then!!
With the sound of Scott Griffiths still selling his bricks the 60 second round came to an end. He was awarding the Oscar and Nick Cooke was the worthy winner because of his extended simile of the optician. Scott then followed up with the Meeting Secretary’s report when he somewhat redeemed himself by confirming figures for the meeting of 24 referrals and £23,150.00 worth of business recorded.
There was a Synergy Team report for the Finance Group. Please note next week on Monday there will be the Business to Consumer Synergy Team Meeting.
We reached breakfast in good order and the 10 minute presentation that followed breakfast was a very careful explanation from Terry Maylin of how alternative remedies to the Court system were starting to replace a good old punch up in court. Mediation is his weapon of choice and he gave a very clear explanation as to how it worked. There is no excuse for you not to keep him busy and subsequent referrals seemed to illustrate this; a good clear performance.
And so with a very healthy referrals and testimonials round the meeting drew to a close. Please all make the same effort next week as you have this week to keep the numbers up in these holiday times. This month could turn out to be our best month so far this year in terms of business and that would represent a great effort.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 6th August 2015.
A really great turnout. 22 members, a 23rd in Jo Eastwood who has applied to join us. The rest on holiday.
It’s always a lively meeting when we have a full house, this meeting was no exception.
The Performance League with the results of last month once again had Paul Booth way out in front with 390 points. Our target therefore for this month, if all of us could do half what he did in July, is probably the most successful month ever, well done Paul.
The Ed Slot was delivered by our Pilgrim, resplendent in livery that included a turquoise shirt. On the question of shirts, a quick count revealed 3 checked, Messer’s Brooks, Cooke and Booth and 5 striped, Messrs Squire, Smallcombe, Reed, Griffiths and Bullock.
Anyway, Brian Painter’s Ed Slot was aimed at the 60 second presentations and amply demonstrated what we should and should not do with regard to our deportment together with with one or two unrepeatable throw away lines that put us all in a good frame of mind for the rest of the meeting.
My report on the 60 second round is the quiz which I put out to all of those in attendance. The idea is that you should give the names for members who delivered the following information in the order that I am listing them. Please therefore provide the name of the member against the following statements:
- I was getting disheartened with my job, almost gave it up but I have been inspired by Paul Booth’s waist line.
- I have picked out at random one of my customers feedback sheets and it says as follows…
- We will be working at the Royal Opera House when it has its bottom parts opened up.
- This has nothing to do with my business, but I am selling bricks at £25.00 per time
- Who says I don’t have fun
- PDQ slips cannot be used as a valid VAT receipt
- You can use us as a one shop stop
- Don’t invest with banks, move it out
- She wanted to rake her pile carpet
- Craft beers are hip-hop
- I want to show you this radio (and it won the Oscar)
Scott will be the final arbiter of the winner or winners who will get points for getting everyone in correct order.
The Meeting Secretary’s Report that followed the 60 second round confirmed that after the £118,000 recorded business for June, July was in excess of £80,000. This week we got almost half way towards last month’s total with £46,805 worth of new business recorded. That coupled this week with as many referrals as we had members present represents a very successful networking group.
Brian Painter announced the recruitment drives holiday until 1st October 2015. Don’t let that stop you from reviewing previous contacts made and trying to encourage visitors in the interim from information previously collated.
We were upbeat heading into breakfast and afterwards we were treated to a Howard Bullock presentation. It was an excellent effort with lots of graphs and colours and the beaming Mr Bullock adding credence to the whole thing. We really must push referrals to him if only for the good of the person being referred.
At the end of the meeting there were one or two apologies for absence due to holidays etc for next week, so let’s all of us who are not otherwise engaged on holiday make every effort to be there next week. If it is as good as this week who would want to miss it!!
Final message from me is a reminder, if a reminder were necessary, that it is the Garden Party at my place on Sunday 9th August 2015, 1pm. Even if you had not been able to commit but now can, please come along. You can pay Mr Booth afterwards if you have not done so already at the very reasonable price of £12.00 if you are drinking and £8.00 if you are not, children free.
I hope Sue and I can welcome as many of you as you as possible.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 23rd July 2015.
The attendance over recent weeks has been almost precisely maintained. 21 in all in attendance with 1 guest, John Kernaghan standing in for last week’s guest Jo Eastwood. They are ready to join us when Jo returns from holiday next week. Hopefully another product of Brian’s recruitment drive and Terry Maylin’s persistence.
This week was characterised by the contributions of the Naughty Corner. It’s 2 stalwarts, Howard Bullock and Stuart Smallcombe were joined by the Bard of Hadleigh hismself, hopefully inspired by a holiday in Wordsworth Country and Paul Booth, flushed with his success as the holder of the jolly good egg award.
It all started when Mike Rogers excused himself from the meeting I rather stupidly offered Howard Bullock the opportunity of being bellman during the 60 second round. He accepted it with what can only be described as enthusiasm. That should have been the warning sign. Naively on my part, it was only when he was introduced as the bellman and asked to confirm the sounds we would hear after 55 and 60 second respectively that the full horror of the situation emerged. The bell of 55 seconds was traditional. The shout…no!! …the bellow of “hit it with a shoe” was declared as the 60 second warning. Unfortunately those members who frequently transgress the 60 second time limit were in no way put off by this and so the aforementioned bellow was heard on several occasions during the 60 second round.
Mr Bullock also was the only member to deserve a mention in relation to matters sartorial. This week it was the shirt. Loud, “in the other way” brightly coloured and striped. It would have competed successfully against any deck chair that could be found on the sea fronts of Brighton and Blackpool put together.
Stuart Smallcombe made his presence felt in an equally positive but perhaps slightly more constructive way in that he delivered the Ed Slot. It was ominous when he set up the flip chart and then took us through the 4 stages that should take place when we give effect to a business plan. The idea should be followed by the action, should then produce a result. The 4th stage is of fundamental importance and that is to review the result. Whether it was a good result or a bad result it should provide insights as to how we deal with the next idea.
Paul Booth only added to the quality by occupying the ranks of the Naughty Corner. Not only is he well out front in the performance league but in the referrals and testimonials round a plethora of referrals will ensure that he stays out there.
Kevin Radford also drew applause for his contributions for his referrals and testimonials round for his referrals and acknowledgements of money written.
So what of us lesser mortals left to try and make our mark in the 60 second round. The School of Whimsy would not be denied. Nick Cooke started with what was intended to be a metaphor by explaining how to make Eggs Benedict. It sort of got out of hand and we were all rather left with the impression that if anybody asked us how to do Eggs Benedict we would refer them to Nick… who apparently also designs steel beams. Alan Shaw remembered an extension for a client that, through illness of said client could not proceed but undaunted he is redesigning the conservatory. Rather a sad tale for a bright sunny morning. It was left to Brian Painter to emphasise the significance of his membership of the School of Whimsy. He treated a client who had a fear of flying brought about by turbulence on an air flight. In fact the real culprit turned out later to be her mother and an argument that she had had with her many years earlier. Allan Moller, of all people, laid claim to be mentioned in the same breath as messrs, Cooke, Shaw and Painter by asking for referrals for anyone who has had a burglary. The implication is that CCTV and lighting would be very useful ways of preventing the burglary, but it seems to be me better if you referred him to a burglar who could perhaps then give the information to him as to who to approach for this service.
It was nice to hear Marcelle, back with us before her holiday, explaining the services she offers.
I did not really hear what deal Richard Reed was offering but no doubt we will watch out for his email.
So that was a flavour of what we heard in the 60 second round. It resulted in Nick Cooke receiving the Oscar from our newest member Jo Jones, presumably because she is partial to Eggs Benedict.
Scott’s Meeting Secretary’s Report that followed the 60 second round was uplifting; we finished up with 24 referrals and business recorded of £24,630.. This month is on target to equal last month’s which produced in excess of £100,000 business written; a good effort by all concerned.
Richard Reed reported on the Synergy Team Meeting that occurred earlier in the week for the Business to Consumer group. This is always well run and well received as a meeting, he along with others who attended suggested all of you who have not attended his meeting at the George and Dragon in Mountnessing should watch out for his email and try and come along at least once.
After breakfast the 10 minute presenter was Allan Moller. He spoke in great detail and authority about the importance of his services. He produced 1 or 2 props and an overall 10 minutes that very few of us understood, but was as an effective 10 minute presentation as I have heard, because we all went away with fear in our hearts knowing that even though we did not understand it, he knew what he was talking about and that we could recommend him with confidence. I think it’s fair to say that those of us who have had Allan do work for us have been impressed with his understanding of the problem, his efficiency in dealing with it, his cheerfulness whilst doing the job and a finished article that both worked and about which we hadn’t the slightest idea. He left us with an impression of the importance of a yellow button and 3 months, the significance of brown and blue rather than green and red. “Main” bonding and not “male” bonding and the fact that he is fully qualified and works very hard to maintain this standard of excellence.
Remember however, he is not superman. Someone who was keeping score indicated that his presentation included 93 “Errrms”. As we all know however, “to err is human”! Well done Allan.
Referrals and testimonials round was as good as should be expected from the numbers of referrals and the amount of business written. Some good performances that should make the performance league a high scoring one this month.
We are now in the holiday season which will account for 1 or 2 of the members next week. Could I urge on all of you who are not on holiday to make every effort to turn up and make next weeks meeting as successful as this weeks.
Chairman’s Business networking Blog, Thursday 16th July 2015.
21 present including guests; old friend Ed Crocker and Jo, a wine merchant who more than adequately demonstrated her ability to research by promptly asking where the Naughty Corner was situated. I was pleased to point this out to her and when I also pointed out one or two of its inhabitants a look of understanding crossed her face. It would be a shame if she didn’t join us. Talking about joining us, I had the pleasure of inducting Jo Jones, our most recent member, welcome to EBF Jo.
The Ed Slot’s guest presenter this week was Terry Maylin who quite rightly emphasised the importance of our recruitment drive and the need for everybody to participate wholeheartedly. The statistics were compelling. One new member is on average worth just under £30,000 worth of business to other members on an annual basis. Bear this though in mind when Brian Painter allocates you your visitor chasing duties.
On the sartorial side we were somewhat subdued; Brian Painter was his usual dapper self without the excesses of last week and Nick Cooke sported rather excessive red and white hooped socks but otherwise we were a fairly dowdy bunch.
For the 60 second round the Naughty Corner had its ranks swelled as Paul Booth and Richard Reed joined incumbents Howard Bullock and Stuart Smallcombe. Dean Caldon once again dissociated himself from the group. Stuart Smallcombe explained with a certain amount of overstated simplicity, aimed at our Pilgrim, how important his company was in assisting businesses with their communications. Paul Booth had been off giving expert evidence in court proceedings. Howard Bullock, who would look quite overdressed if he wore anything other than shorts, told of a husband and wife, who were divorcing and therefore struggling with the financial side of their lives, finding an uncomplicated expedient of the husband dying.
Richard Reed could do nothing to help dispel the gloom that Mr Bullock cast because his 60 seconds of sheer holiday destination delight was delivered before said Bullock rose to his feet. It was left to Kevin Brooks to regale us with stories of the “Wanstead Job”, which features the neighbour from hell. He seems to be getting on top of her, if you understand my meaning.
The School of Whimsy did us proud this week. One of its leading protagonists was missing, namely Alan Shaw, but others stepped up to the plate. Nick Cooke, not to be confused with “Quick Nick” takes time over his structural surveys and confessed that women sometimes are more understanding than men whenever he is obliged to explain why a good survey takes time. Brian Painter, a sometime proponent of the whimsical, spoke of driving phobias. Freezing while taking your test, not being able to turn out of a side road to the right, not being able to go anywhere new without someone there to reassure and guide or simply not being able to drive on the motorway. Rather than persuading these people to give up driving he cures the phobia and thereby exposes them to death by road accident rather than the usual nicotine poisoning that he tries to prevent.
If you think what I have already described represented a bizarre set of 60 second presentations there is more to come…….
Peter Hood was flushed with recent successes doing toilet repairs. Over recent weeks 80% of his work surrounded those objects of relief and relaxation. It therefore will not surprise the reader of this Blog that he is looking for “small jobs”. David Plumley was in similar “muse mode” Whenever he watches movies over 15 years old he is apparently always struck by the absence of computers, the need to approach filing cabinets, card indexes and the like, particularly in police stations. Clearly more modern films give him that warm feeling that only a computer can give when demonstrating instant access to data.
Donna Evans sold herself this week as being able to assist after refurbishment or rebuilding had taken place. Not only curtains and blinds but shutters are apparently de rigeur. She then told of a particular job that involved tarting up a gazebo. I did feel that we might all benefit in another 60 seconds if she could describe exactly what she did to said gazebo, by way of tarting that is.
So who won the Oscar? Well who else but out new member Jo Jones who explained about her boot camp. If you think that the award was simply sentiment I am sure Brian will dispel this by turning up next week in lycra shorts. Well done Jo.
We moved on from the 60 second round to good fertile ground. The Meeting Secretary had figures showing in excess of 20 referrals and just short of £35,000 worth of business recorded, which set us up well for the referrals testimonials round, a fitting end to the meeting. However it is too early in this Blog to be talking of the meetings end.
The Synergy Team Report for the Finance and Professions Meeting on Tuesdays of this week led to a plea to all members to try and attend Synergy Teams Meetings and see how they work. Although they are aimed at specific, members all members could benefit from attending either or indeed both.
The Recruitment Drive, which with the induction of Jo is bearing fruit, continues to progress under the tutelage of Brian Painter.
And so we broke for breakfast.
This was followed by Scott Griffiths delivering an excellent 10 minutes of visual explanation as to what makes a good website and the importance of having a good website professionally produced. Principal points that he illustrated were that it should be mobile phone friendly, with sufficient details of location to be pin pointed by Google and have a content that will be designed to ensure a high listing with said Google. The offer by Scott to review our websites for free really should not be missed. It was a very professional performance and explains why we are fortunate to have his expertise in dealing with EBF’s website.
On that high note I will leave you all with my question for the week to be answered in the comments to this Blog. To get it right will earn points in the performance league. The question is this…. our visitor Jo Eastwood is a wine merchant. Whereabouts is her shop situated. And Terry Maylin is excluded from this particular completion as is Paul Booth. Terry Maylin is an obvious choice because he introduced this particular visitor and Paul Booth because I know that he knows the answer, he has already got too many points this month. So is Scott Griffiths for no particular reason other than I know he knows.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 9th July 2015.
It didn’t seem that this was going to be one of the great meetings.
Attendance was fair – 18 members and 1 visitor.
People gradually drifted in, charged their glasses with orange juice and cups with coffee or tea. Almost the effort making tea with hot water and a tea bags seemed to be too much for some people. There was an air of anticlimax after all the great meetings of June with high attendance and lots of business passed. Frankly I was feeling a little glum. The naughty corner was missing 2 core members, Messrs Bullock and Smallcombe. Dean Caldon had moved back but he was isolated by at least one chair from the rest of the members on that side of the room. I was just beginning to chastise myself for this early onset of melancholia when one or two things started happening. Apparently Howard Bullocks needed to be on a speed awareness course because he had driven his electric powered motor car over the speed limit. It was probably only a 30 mile an hour speed limit but Mike Rogers was getting very excited.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 2nd July 2015.
A full house; 25 in all including 4 visitors, Andy Gibson and Ian McKenzie from a security company, Joanne, a Personal Fitness Trainer and Gary Boyce, visiting us again.
Our meeting had been preceded by the hottest day of the year and it was unsurprising, if not a little disconcerting, to see so many people in shorts and sandals. Indeed this is the basis of my now weekly question that will give points in the performance league to the first one who gets the right answer in commenting on this Blog. “How many members were wearing shorts?”
David Plumley delivered Attendance 3 and delivered an upbeat message on the benefits of , if not the necessity of, regular attendance.
Dipping into the 60 second round there were 1 or 2 little gems.
The Naughty Corner was in evidence, although Dean Caldon had deserted them only to be replaced by Richard Willis.
The School of Whimsy was there, at last in full force. Alan Shaw has been slipping of late and although he did tell us of a school project that he was involved in and new flats over shops he must receive the accolade at the end of this year for “best use of other peoples props” when he fiddled around with David Plumley’s electrical equipment that he had brought along just for the purpose. Nick Cooke, although largely on message, spent the whole 60 seconds rubbing his hands as he gave his deliverance in a way that was slightly chilling on what promised to be really hot day. Brian Painter introduced us to the wonderful world of the “what iffers ”. On the basis we were enjoying he decided that we deserved 3 minutes worth. Although most of us felt such behaviour deserved a slap, Alan Moller decided it was worthy of the Oscar which of course, in content and delivery it was.
Kim Redwood-Lee told us of the perfect client and it seemed to bear a strong resemblance to the sort of bloke she would like to run into in a dark alley. Although this paragon is ideally what she is looking for she will accept flabby middle aged men who do not have their tackle in order (by tackle or course I mean their invoices and supporting paper work).
Marcelle introduced the Ruby which is apparently appropriate for both the 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries. They come from Burma or whatever is called now. If a goyle makes it to 40 years of marriage I suppose she does deserve a second Ruby.
Two people deserve a mention for giving us relevant and useful information, which surely is what the 60 second round is all about; namely Mike Rogers who told us of fast disappearing fixed rate mortgages but also told us of a great one the NatWest had for 2 years and Richard Reed suggests we splash out every now and then on a dream holiday and a 12 day visit to Chile and Argentina he thought would fit the bill. From the area of the world that gave us Montezumas Revenge I think we need more information and I have no doubt he will respond accordingly.
For those of us who suffer the irritation of lawn cutting on a regular basis Lewis Hackney has the answer, Astroturf. It’s expensive, it has to be maintained but it don’t have to be mowed.
With that endorsement ringing in our ears our visitors were given an opportunity of parading their wears and we then moved on to the Meeting Secretary’s Report. Last month was an exceptional month for our group in all sorts of ways. Paul Booth once again was the winner of the performance league. He and the Bard of Hadleigh are examples of what members can achieve so far as referrals are concerned. They are always aware of the opportunity and we need to emulate them.
Other monthly statistics were more than encouraging. 53 referrals passed and slightly in excess of £118,000 worth of business recorded. June was a very good month because all of these statistics were coupled with good attendance; Nice to see that we have kicked off this month in the same vein with really good attendance at this meeting, what finished up as 20 referrals passed and over £8,000 worth of business recorded. The holiday season is very much on us but let us see if we can maintain our attendance level.
The other thing which was not recorded statistically was an increase in the number of visitors, either directly or indirectly. Brian’s recruitment campaign is galvanising us and so it should. By way of a “call to arms” may I ask all of you who are seeking out potential visitors and providing the list of 10 that they not only make sure that full details are available including if possible contact name but that those making contact use their best persuasive powers. There is a script there if you need guidance and always feel free to speak to Brian on this.
And so we broke for breakfast and with visitors in mind it was the turn of Christian Cuvelier, the first product of Brian’s recruitment drive who gave us his first 10 minute presentation. He is a confident presenter whose one fault is that he cannot tell the time. Well done ~Christian, let’s have 1-2-1’s with him and find out more about exactly what he can produce.
Finally a reminder to you all to bring business cards with you in order to restock the business card box and a plea from me to all of you to respond to my email regarding the garden party so that I can get numbers together. The 9th August is not far away!!!