Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 11th June 2015.
24 members present including Christian Cuvelier at his first meeting as a full member and he was duly inducted.
The numbers more than matched last week’s excellent effort.
The Ed Slot this week was delivered by Nick Cooke. His subject was the 60 second presentation and his recommendation that we include every now again jobs that we have been involved in the previous week. Staggeringly at least 80% of the contributors followed that advice to the letter. Nick should give up the day job and be an Ed Slot presenter.
So what of the 60 second round?
My reporting on the 60 second round isn’t intended to be an encouragement for people to misbehave. Last week I was silly enough to mention how we all liked it when Peter Hood talked dirty. So encouraged he recounted the fitting of a replacement toilet in the home of an 85 year old who apparently did not have stomach problems or a weak bladder, this was just as well. The concrete base came out easily enough after he had demolished the toilet itself; it was then he discovered the hissing which was a leak under the floor. The poor old boy was not able to do his number ones or number twos until. About 10 o’clock in the evening.
Vying for potty mouth of the week was Kevin Radford. In conjunction with William Wordsworth he produced a graceful poem about the much maligned Mr Lou Rolls. Replete with disgusting innuendo, had he not been awarding the Oscar, he would have had a good chance of winning it.
Richard Willis gave him a run for his money by advising “don’t tweet crap”. If you insert a comma after the word tweet and before the word crap it reads differently and probably better. He was followed by Donna Evans whose first utterance was Uhhh!!. I think this was an exclamation aimed at the next 60 second rather than a comment on Richard Willis’s advice but… you never know.
What of the School of Whimsy, who have been hiding their respective lights under bushels of late. Well they were back in full swing.
Nick Cooke talked of a wobbly wall, the diagnosis of which stretched the wisdom that he has acquired from years of training; but he did, apparently, give the correct diagnosis and rather helpfully went on to tell them how they could correct it. Some evidence here of the need to give up the day job but he was followed by his fellow member Alan Shaw who this week should receive all of the accolades. He described the office cat brining a rat in to the office and then promptly letting go of said vermin. Alan’s response was to open all doors and windows and leave it at that, presumably anticipating that the rat would make for safety. He did however seem unsure as to whether this strategy had worked or not. Maybe next week there will be a sequel? Not satisfied by this piece of whimsy and adopting a brisk pace in order to get it into the 60 seconds, he then told of a bill he delivered to a lady which on closer inspection had an extra nought added on the end of it. This client had largely blamed her husband rather than Alan for this oversight and he did not tell us exactly how much he got paid for his endeavours. Alan Moller, who can often indulge in whimsy produced a 60 second rendition that had those around him suitably amused and therefore I can assume was of good quality. All I picked up was a job that he had finished, had a problem with the electricity supply. I think everything turned out ok in the end. Finally the sometimes member of the School of Whimsy, Brian Painter did the jumbo jet simile and once again made you feel that if we could convince everyone who smoked to give it up his 60 seconds we would be less likely to be put off our breakfast.
Hot tip of the week on the financial advice side from Mr Bullock was not to invest in gold. He also did explain why and certainly given the chance I will invest in silver if ever I have the money to do so.
If gold and silver were buzzing in my head as I listened to these contributions Howard was quickly followed by Richard Reed who looked bronzed. His specialist knowledge and impartial advice had at least taken him to the right place.
Dr Deb flaunted the 3 S’s; these are what being a member of Utility Warehouse give you the customer. Just to show her that we were all listening let’s have a blog comment from at least one of you confirming what those 3 S’s are. A hint, it had nothing to do with what Peter Hood was talking about.
The final impression that I got from Lewis Hackney was that he is getting slightly paranoid believing that his neighbour is looking at him through the fence as he waters the grass. Preacher heal thy self…lay the whole of your garden out in those nice Marshals products and you will not need to water and your neighbour won’t need to peer through the fence…job done!
Before I leave the 60 second round it is with some trepidation that I confirm who won the Oscar. Yes it was Peter Hood. Please do not let this be further encouragement young man!
This week we had a Synergy Team Report from Paul Booth which confirmed a useful financial group meeting and Brian Painter maintains his cajoling over the recruitment of members. He is managing amongst other things to demonstrate how some categories lend themselves more than others to membership of EBF. Let’s keep up with our follow ups ladies and gentleman.
This week the 10 minute presentation was by Richard Willis. To say it was slick does not entirely give the right impression although it was. He gave a very professional presentation. From Billericay Meetings Scott and I remembered a particular affliction from which he suffers and he delivered 57 of them in this presentation. Scott and I have vowed silence over identifying this affliction but if any of you spotted it please add it to the comments of this Blog.
Great presentation Richard.
This week we ran very late and I know you will respond to my suggestion that first through the door, whether door monitors or not collect the boxes and we get the meeting set up as quickly as possible. The new regime gives us less time before we suit down to do that initial networking. Let us all try and be more slick in setting up and moving the meeting forward. Therefore a slightly depleted meeting saw however an excellent referrals and testimonials round and this week the figures were almost as good as last week.
There finished up about 14 referrals and £34,050.00 worth of business recorded as passing. We are almost up to last month’s total of over £80,000.00 after just two weeks. This is one of the main reasons we attend EBF and in the words of the immortal structural engineer and fellow of the School of Whimsy “…its seems to be working nicely, doesn’t it”.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 4th June 2015.
You might all find this very sad, but I often think about what would constitute a perfect EBF breakfast meeting. It would be something like this:
- A full house of members attending
- Several guests
- A useful Ed Slot
- A snappy amusing and informative 60 second round
- A productive recruitment session
- The usual excellent breakfast
- A well presented 10 minutes presentation that gave us lots more information about one of our members
- A referrals round that produced at least half again more referrals than there were members present
- A large sum of recorded business…. anything else? Ah yes
- 10.Sweets and a pen for everyone.
Well…that is what happened today!!!! I pinched myself but I didn’t wake up, indeed, I haven’t even had a cat nap…. yet! I could almost finish my blog there, but nobody would believe me so let me fill in a bit of the detail
1.& 2. 21 members and 3 guests were in attendance and all seats were taken
3 David Plumley delivered an Ed Slot that is going to run for one or two weeks, emphasising the importance of attendance at the breakfast meeting. The fundamental importance of this was perhaps best illustrated by the meeting itself which, being well attended attained all the other goals I have referred to above.
4 With our attendance numbers up there was a buzz about the meeting and there were one or two little gems in the 60 second round.
Peter Hood told of those bl….y annoying things that drive you up the wall. He was of course talking about plumbing things, problems with lavatories, showers and the like. We all like it when Pete talks dirty!
The Bard of Hadleigh told a commercial fisherman, a bilge pump and the subsequent claim that this self employed sea dog could make against his employer when he lost his leg in the aforementioned contraption. It is perhaps a sad reflection on modern life that instead of strapping on a peg to his missing leg, donning a naval hat, sticking a parrot on his shoulder and becoming a star of stage and screen; he chose to make a claim against an insurance policy that Kevin Radford’s client fortunately had taken out with the very reliable RMK. The Bard even finished up with a little ditty leaving us all to reminisce of how things used to be.
David Plumley told us that Windows 10 was on the horizon. Things don’t get much more exciting in David’s line of work but we cannot do without him.
Dean Caldon is concerned for landlords and their potential liability from the effects of Legionnaires Disease in their premises…why? Surely he is not letting out some distant outpost in the Algerian Dessert on behalf of the French Government?
Alan Shaw rose to his feet looking relaxed and slightly sporty. He has been involved with…that’s right, a sports centre.
I was pleased to see that this week the naughty corner was occupied by all of it’s paid up members Messrs Bullock, Smallcombe, Radford and Caldon, aforementioned Bullock was trying to spread panic amongst those worthy citizens who are looking to make pension contributions that will relieve burdens from the State that they might create in a later life. Because there is likely to be a mini budget shortly, there might or might not be some relaxation ortightening of rules in relation to pensions.
On the basis that s..t always happens, he is assuming that these adjustments (if they happen) will be for the worst; therefore pay as much money as you can for your pension now or even take out a new one.
Being in the naughty corner does rub off. Stuart Smallcombe talked of infrastructure, both large and small, from the West End to Southend. Even a bunch of wires hanging out of cupboards is meat and drink to him. Let’s go out there and find him more cupboards with wires hanging out and make the referrals.
Richard Willis illustrated the value of having a well known household name by treating us all to packets of Haribo sweets. Yes that right Haribo, the makers of adverts that are substantially more nauseating than their sweets and horribly affected middleclass children singing out of tune ditties. You just know that you will see them all again when they grow up as presenters of “Spring watch”. However to be fair, he did produce the sweets that were part and parcel of my imaginary meeting.
As I was about to go into humbug mode I was however saved by Mike Rogers. He was comparing the price of eggs when he as a young lad and a first time buyer to what they are now…unfortunately he didn’t know what the differences in price were and it therefore made the comparison between eggs and house prices a little difficult to get over. Never mind, make the most of him when he is in cheerful mood.
Terry Maylin told of verbal abuse that we at TM Law suffer from the debtors that we pursue on behalf of our clients.
Life was also back to normal with Brian Painter he started cheerfully enough; someone wanting to commit suicide using a car, a pipe and lashings of carbon monoxide. It was all looking good when he started listing other things that people could commit suicide with and by the time he had explained about arsenic those of us who are true aficionados of the Pilgrim knew where he was going…that’s right, cigarettes. If you put all the suicides end to end they will go 3 times round the earth in one year. Apply that to smokers and there are substantially more such circumnavigations.
Everyone was excelling themselves!!
Paul Booth is looking for people about to retire but want to carry on working reduced hours. I am sure he said that he wanted to make them pay higher taxes but maybe I was wrong.
Kevin Brooks has bought a new truck. I saw it stood in the car part and rather admired it. It might look good but apparently when you put anything in the back it drops out onto the road as you drive along.
The whole 60 second round was wound up with a generous offer from Scott Griffiths of a free audit for your website.
So who got the Oscar? A close examination by Alan Shaw of all the contenders left all of us, save for Kevin Radford, without a leg to stand on. Kevin Radford’s Oscar can genuinely be described this week as crème de la crème.
So there you have it an excellent 60 second round, another box ticked.
5. What next of my wish list… Ah yes a good recruitment section. Sergeant Major Painter was at his best as he continues to build up our data base of approaches that are made to various businesses. Not only however did he hustle us all to help on our recruitment drive but positive results can now be seen. Christian Cuvelier completed his application to join and in the committee meeting afterwards his application was approved. He is the first completed recruit arising from our recruitment academy. Congratulations to all those in isolating, speaking to and recruiting him and particularly to Brian as our recruitment Guru. So another box well and truly ticked.
6 & 7. Breakfast was good and it was Debra Glover’s chance to present her 10 minute offering. She used the television screen to good effect, she had a well prepared slide show for us and she produced a bingo quiz to help emphasise the details of her products. We learned more about her background and it really was a very good performance from her. As you can see we are keeping up with my wish list. What next? Well..
8 & 9. The icing on the cake was the referrals and testimonials round. There were 21 members and 33 referrals; business written totalled £47,450.00 which was half the monthly total for last month in one week and I thought that last month was quite good in itself.
10. Well done everybody you made all my dreams come true because Debra provided everyone with pens and of course Richard Willis had already provided the sweets…
I don’t suppose I can expect you all to do the same next week!!??
Members Business Networking Blog Thursday 14th May 2015
Our blog is guest written this week by our member Alan Shaw.
Our chairman is away for two weeks and Brian Painter took on the role. Our numbers were 17 with several apologies for absence. There were no visitors this week.
Stewart Smallcombe said that he had a business meeting but ‘facebook’ revealed it was his birthday. It is not easy to avoid ‘Big Brother’.
The Educational Slot was delivered by Paul Booth. The subject was the 60second round. We should be enthusiastic, speak up, hold our heads up and be engaging. I was so intent on remembering these points that I forgot my main theme when it was my turn!
Our 60 second round started with Paul Booth stating that he was looking at profit improvement for his clients and businesses not getting this from their present accountants.
Peter Hood has been working on bathrooms back to back. He did not say if they were in a block of flats but it was quite a large job. He would now like smaller jobs for the time being.
Tina Walker then showed us a picture of a Kit Kat on a cup and saucer and suggested that we all have a break and use her services such as preparing/sorting invoices. A good use of props!
Dean Caldon Gave an example of an Estate Agent who has a person who has been on their books but has not spoken to her for six weeks (she has been tied in for 16 weeks) – Redstones would not do this. They are Client focussed.
Nick Cooke – Advises clients when he carries out a structural survey, regarding any changes they may wish to carry out. Eg. Removing walls, proposed extensions.
David Plumley, – Produced two I Pads one very basic for using the internet and e-mails. The other more sophisticated. He suggested putting an SSD in each. You can then throw them about without losing data and causing damage.
Scott Griffiths announced that he had won the first stage of a large contract with Telefonica by being considerably cheaper (and better!) than the next bidder. Well done Scott.
Kim Redwood-Lee stressed the importance of keeping proper records of business transactions as her latest client, a public house, was not VAT registered. Transactions were made on pieces of paper with employees pay just taken out of the till. Kim is to put procedures in place.
Kevin Radford told us how emancipated he was by helping his wife with the washing up. The previous night a disaster struck – the washing up sponge was lost!!! It was later found squashed. He wondered if it was covered in his insurance policy for accidental damage?
Richard Reed gave some very good holiday offers which included a 4 night cruise sampler for £600.00
Brian Painter, has recently been treating a client who was taking sleeping tablets. She was worried about sleeping as she thought she was going to die while asleep. This problem started when she was a child. Brian will solve the problem with hypnotherapy.
Alan Moller made a suggestion regarding another option when working in a house. Eg. Having garden lighting. If you are having electrical work carried out might as well have other items done too.
Janice Bentley-Pearson. Asked the question: ‘What would happen to your business if you could not get into your office one day? Have you a contingency plan? Could you get to back up information? She would like to talk to companies with no contingency plan.
Terry Maylin is going to take part in a 192 mile bike race for charity. He had samples of high energy products and also some for hydration. He stated that they were all high quality products similar to T M Law.
Dr Deb expounded on the extra money made by being part of Utility Warehouse and the many advantages for customers.
This week’s Oscar was awarded to Mr Paul Booth.
The 10 minute speaker was Lewis of AERON HARD LANDSCAPING driveways and patios. They have been in business for more than 20 years. He stated that they are a quality company and do not take short cuts.
In winter they have contracts with larger companies such as B A Systems and at Queens Hospital, Romford to correct paving that has been laid incorrectly. For front drives they comply with SUDS (Sustainable Urban Design Systems.) They use Marshalls Products.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 7th May 2015
19 members present and 4 guests. A Pest Prevention company, a contact from First Data, a local printer and Mike Childs for his second visit and his clear indication that he wishes to join us. Welcome to him!
Sad news is that Gary Waskett is leaving us as he is leaving Anthony Batty. His is apparently joining Metro Bank in Basildon. We hope to continue to see him at Synergy Meetings and maybe even a member on behalf of his new employer. We all wish him well!
Our meeting was the “polling day special” which meant that Brian Painter, as returning officer for “Middle Earth” was on duty and therefore was not with us. On the upside we had a theme, namely the Election for our 60 second round.
David “I am absolutely kn……d” Plumley was bright eyed and bushy tailed, having just returned from his holiday to Jerusalem. He seemed to have got in and out of the country without any political repercussions so we were all both relieved and ready for his Ed Slot. It was a sort of back to basics Ed Slot which followed on from Terry Maylin’s of last week. He emphasised the importance of 1-2-1’s and Synergy Team meetings. The 1-2-1 after our main meeting on a Thursday morning was not only a suggestion of David’s but is also a frequently used time for 1-2-1s already. More of us should take advantage of this.
So to our 60 second round. With 23 people in all it was a busy meeting. The party political offerings varied from the use of party names in our narratives on the one hand, to the positively filibustering type of hustings address on the other. Samples of the political messages were as follows:-
Kim Redwood-Lee was advocating that everyone had a day off on their birthday;
Janice Bentley-Pearson wanted to get rid of and therefore suggested no red tape, no tax and lots of chocolate;
David Plumley, Kevin Radford and yours truly all tried to weave the Political Parties into our narratives; Kevin Radford was the most unbelievable talking about “a Labour of love” or am I just being cynical.
Dean Caldon was true blue and Scott Griffith’s manifesto concentrated on education, education, education and health and safety, health and safety, health and safety.
Richard Willis will never make a politician declaring “no false promises” but it does not mean it won’t work well in his business.
Allan Moller had a much more comprehensive manifesto, “close all bank accounts, use the bank of the pillowcase”. As a result of always dealing in cash it would mean that there is more spending, the economy would be stimulated to such an extent that he would also be able to abolish the 5 day week by squeezing it into 2 days.
I am really getting very concerned about Alan Shaw. He is moving from the whimsical to the thoughtful and even philosophical. If there is a change in government the rules relating to planning permissions, relaxed 2 years ago, might change. A new government might extend the present developments or do away with them all together. Alan offered to see referrals through this regulatory maze. …far too sensible!!! I prefer the Alan Moller approach.
Dr. Deb produced what could have been an Oscar winning performance, turning all the Utility Warehouse benefits into a political rant but she was awarding it this week.
Whatever political slant Lewis Hackney had to his 60 seconds it was the mention of “a petrol driven” Karcher that got most of us going. Mike Rogers, who was looking to ban everything and in particular electric cars, was positively beaming at the mention of petrol.
Predictably, Richard Reed thought that Kim’s idea of having days off on your birthday and indeed increased holidays was a good political platform.
No checked shirt this week for Howard Bullock but his 60 seconds was oratory of the highest order promising to make us all billionaires by sucking the money out of Scotland and Wales’s. He has got my vote on that but more importantly he also got Deb’s vote and he won the Oscar.
Any casual reader of this Blog will see what a sensible group of people we are. Our themed 60 seconds certainly worked on an entertainment level.
It’s the first Thursday of the month and we were all looking forward to the Meeting Secretary’s report as to the winner of the Performance League for this month. He tantalised us with the simple expedient of leaving the figures at home. We will just have to wait until next week!!
Even though Brian Painter was otherwise engaged the recruitment section of the meeting was still present, this week conducted by Paul Booth. Reports of this week’s participants showed some success in chasing visitors. This new approach seems to have stimulated all of us to think more about visitors. 4 visitors a week is not a bad record for the last 2 weeks and we have to date spawned 1 new member for definite. Well done to everyone.
And so it was that we broke for breakfast. We had Mike Rogers to look forward to for the 10 minute presentation and when it arrived he did not disappoint.
His central theme was that you really should not buy an electrically powered car. All the props that he brought with him were focused on this; batteries, an extension lead and finally crayons and books for children that are left in a car that has run out of energy. In between all of this sound advice he did actually talk about mortgages. He did not mention the comfort and convenience of your home or even your parent’s home, but he did talk about affordability, stability, maintainability and sustainability. No lack of ability there then…Mike is one of our more accomplished speakers but then, he is also one of our more accomplished members providing a service which we can all feel comfortable in recommending to our friends and acquaintances.
So the new month was upon us and the referrals and testimonials round showed in excess of 15 referrals and in excess of £5,000 of money recorded.
You must wait until next week for last month’s figures.
And so on this Election Day we spilled out of our venue all intent on voting. I hope you all managed to exercise your constitutional rights.
I am afraid you will have to manage without me for the next 2 Thursdays but I hope the meetings go well and we attract similar numbers of visitors.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 30th April 2015.
It was the last Thursday of the month. Although it is March that is the month that can go “out like a lion”, this would also appear apply to April, or at least so far as EBF is concerned. We finished up with a meeting that for many reasons was probably the best of the year so far.
On numbers, there were 26 in attendance in all and that included 4 guests: an Events Consultant, a Commercial Manager for a Fire Protection Company, an Electrical Vehicles salesman (Mike Rogers idea of heaven!) and a Freight Forwarder.
On matters sartorial, Howard “the shirt” Bullock produced one of his memorable checked shirts although he was slightly outdone by Paul Booth who was wearing his checked aquamarine number.
Last week I challenged everyone to wear outlandish neckwear. I had forgotten completely about this and wore one of my usual ties…or so I thought. When I walked into the room I was greeted by several with an apology that they had forgotten my challenge having seemingly been reminded of it by the particular piece of neckwear that I had selected for myself. It was one of my regular ties guys…!!! I even got some votes for it being the worst tie but the runaway winner was Scott Griffiths (Wallace and Gromit). We mused afterwards that it would have been nice to have had a “tie”. As a result of this victory Scott will be awarding himself an inordinate number of points in the performance league. I suspect modesty will prevent him from awarding so many points that he inserts himself into the top 3. Watch this space.
It was Terry Maylin’s turn to deliver an Ed Slot and he reminded us of some of the basics.
When you receive a referral
- Act on it promptly
- Make sure you do a good job
- If anything goes wrong “Fess up” to the referrer at the first possible opportunity and do what you can to put it right.
Every seat was taken as we settled into the meeting proper. The meeting had a real buzz.
From the comments to last week’s Blog Dr Deb was feeling left out through not getting a mention in this Blog over the last couple of weeks. Let me put that right immediately by telling you that she put a witches hat on and had us identify it, she then produced Which Magazine and asked us to identify that particular publication and then went on to tell us how good her product was and how it was highly rated by the aforementioned which/witch…both that is. So having started effectively at the end of the 60 second round let me point out certain highlights. If Dr Deb had effectively used props then she was given a run for her money on the effective prop front. Peter Hood produced the sort of plunger that brought tears to your eyes and fuelled your imagination as to its possible uses. It was a sort of plunger to remove waste from everywhere but the toilet.
Richard Willis and Scott Griffiths did a double act on social media which owed much to a scripted presentation. Last week Janice Bentley-Pearson and Alex Pink did a double act and won the Oscar. Not the case thus week but anything that exhibits preparation for a 60 second round deserves, and it did indeed receive, applause.
The school of Whimsy deserted us this week. Nick Cooke was on holiday, Alan Shaw, rather worryingly told us what he did, the sort of things that he could do, and the sort of clients that he was looking for…this is a very worrying development indeed.
Graham Wright announced to the meeting that he is now trading his business as a sole trader styled OF “n” L. apparently this is will be his new trading style and not a curse. Read it over to yourselves 3 or 4 times and let him know whether you think he had made a wise choice
The Bard of Hadleigh was back. He paid his wife a rather touching complement reflective of the fact that he has been doing quite a lot of ironing and other household chores but he then did bring it all together and did his usual pitch for insurance with rhyming couplets to finish off with. As Arnie would have him say “…I’m back…”.
Richard Reed treated us to a glimpse of the exotic with references to holiday packages that included Mexico, St Lucia, Bali and even the good old US of A. 7 nights in Bali will cost you £899.00 per person.
Kevin Brooks gave us a taste of things to come; he has just started a new job where there is a neighbour from hell. Watch this space.
Allan Moller is amongst other things, looking for jobs on the way home. To fully help him on this we really need to know where he is going to be and where home is precisely.
Brian Painter sent us all the wrong way, figuratively speaking that is. He talked of John aged 10 and Mary aged 8 getting excited over a holiday and their first flight on an aeroplane. I think most of us sat back and thought “….I wonder phobia these little children will exhibit? We were wrong!! From left field came the statistic that one Jumbo Jet crashing every day with everyone on board being killed is the equivalent of the numbers of people who die from smoking every year. I for one did not see that coming.
If Terry Maylin had gone back to basics with his Ed slot, Stuart Smallcombe went back to basics with his request for clients who are relocating so that he can do all of their wiring for them. I don’t think you can get much more straight forward than that.
So that we don’t forget, a reminder, there is a theme for next week. Our 60 seconds should be in the style of a party election broadcast/manifesto.
As we approached breakfast and the announcement that it was ready it was felt through our nostrils, Brian Painter presided over the Recruitment Slot. This has now starting to pick up momentum with 10 more prospects being doled out and reports on last week’s recruitment enquiries. Kim and Janice had mixed fortunes, with florists. Kim had met something of a hostile reception and on the basis that she was on the telephone to them she could not fix them with her usual stare which I am sure would have sorted the offending parties out. Janice appeared to have been more successful on the niceness front. I think it is no coincidence that we had 4 visitors this week. Brian is starting to create an atmosphere of looking for and inviting visitors and even if we are not successful when it is our turn to try and tempt them in, we are building up our data base and creating an understanding of the importance of approaching and getting people to our meeting. Final message from Brian was that those who have been involved in chasing so far, follow up on your contacts in the coming weeks.
After breakfast we were treated to Paul Booth with his 10 minute presentation. He is always confident whilst again giving us an insight to the sort of work that he is now looking for; he is a very reliable repository for referrals.
The last referrals and testimonials round of the month produced very good numbers. £31,000 worth of business written and 20 referrals;
Scott predicted that we would be in the region of £80,000 for the month and we look forward to the actual figures next week.
As I said at the beginning of this Blog, probably the most successful meeting that we have had this year. Let’s keep the visitors rolling and try and replicate this meeting next week.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 23rd April 2015.
Highlight of the meeting and probably the month with Michael Adelizzi’s return to the fold. He looks fit and well and will be returning on a regular basis in June. Welcome back Michael!
There were 22 members in attendance and apologies from those who could not attend.
The Ed Slot was delivered once again by Mr Plumley who is looking to provide simplified messages. It’s perhaps a reflection on and an understanding of his audience. This week he talked about “goals orientation” and “results orientation”. In short, write down your goals and try and achieve them, reassessing on a daily basis.
On matters sartorial; the only thing that caught my eye was Brian Painter’s tie, apparently a retro number that has the benefit of being able to have various portions of breakfast dropped on it without detracting from the look or the colour the tie. No Howard Bullock : no checked shirt!!
The naughty corner is slightly evolving. Howard Bullock and Paul Booth’s absence always makes it less naughty, but Tina seems keen to join the group. Now she just has to practice at being naughty!
As to the 60 second round, one or two highlights:
Peter Hood apparently showers on a regular basis or was it does showers on a regular basis; anyway he always look clean cut.
Richard Reed was offering a Vietnam trip with a couple of days added on in Cambodia. He did not tell us precisely what the offer was but thinking of names for his tour it could be either “the Apocalypse Route” or “the Napalm Run”.
Stuart Smallcombe demonstrated his newest gadget, a high quality CCTV that transmitted onto your iphone. Its principal benefit seemed to be that, wherever you were you could check whether anybody was breaking into your premises.
We had to get to Dean Caldon before the St. Georges Day theme came up. Reference was made to our noble patron saint “slaying the dragon”. For those who were dosing, I sensed a slight shock what might have been perceived as a euphemism.
Mike Rogers once again told us how fantastic he was and thereby demonstrating the effect of brainwashing on perfectly rational people.
Alan Shaw was disappointing, in that he gave a relatively straight forward explanation of what he was doing and what sort of business he was looking for, very strange…..
Lewis Hackney was closer to the whimsical with his new porcelain type tiles that can make the outside look like the inside and presumably visa versa. “Through and though” is what I think it is called.
It took Alan Moller mathematics to wake us all up. He had thought he had been going for ten years, worked out that it was eleven. o when he gave us the date of March 2003 we were able to point out to him that is in effect 12 years. You can always count on Alan…!! just make sure he sticks to electricity.
Brian Painter’s subject this week was a 13 year old school girl who had fears of an injection. I did not realise this was a phobia. There must be lots of people out there we can get in front of our pilgrim to dispel that particular fear.
Sad news was Nige Kirby departing for pastures, new namely imparting his knowledge and presumably his sartorial elegance (great shorts Nige) to the great unwashed of Havering. We all wish you well and it would be nice if you followed through on your threat to attend synergy team meetings.
The highlight of the 60 second round was the double act; Alex Pink and Janice Bentley-Pearson are combining their talents to produce “business like videos”. Watch this space. They promptly won the Oscar.
Final conundrum was advanced by Scott Griffiths who explained how Google has changed their selection process and were aiming at “mobile friendly sites”. As soon as I know what it is, I will start scaring the life out of colleagues and hopefully get some referrals for Scott.
This week’s Synergy Team Meeting was well reported by Richard Reed who helped illustrate what was discussed at the meeting. His request for others to join in this very effective group should be heeded.
Our Recruitment Officer, resplendent in his breakfast tie presided over a further doling out of tasks, A list of florists was duly split and Alan Moller told of his endeavours in trying to recruit car mechanics.
Our data base will build as the weeks go on and we look forward to the first visitor cloned through this process.
After breakfast Tina treated us to a very clear 10 minutes which hopefully will produce referrals for her. She used the technology of a flip chart, but more importantly she explained how she carried out some of her tasks which seem to me very attractive to most of us who are involved in small businesses.
The Referrals and testimonial round was both lively and effective. There were 16 referrals and £29,000’s worth of business recorded, which should make this month a good month so far as numbers of both are concerned.
Best of luck to those chasing up on recruitment and I look forward to a lively meeting next week.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 16th April 2015.
A good turnout, 23 members present who took part in what could best be described as a lively meeting.
Let’s start with worst first. Fashion corner was, to say the least, a bit disappointing; star of the show was Kevin Brooks with his cerise pink shirt. Comfortable in his masculine skin, Kevin’s “walk” on his feminine side did him credit and, frankly, the rest both male and female were positively dowdy; True Howard Bullock did have the checked shirt but by his own very high standards, he let the side down.
Further source of disappointment, to me at least, was that the naughty corner seems to have dissipated somewhat. Apart from said Mr Bullock it was inhabited by well behaved people including our newest member Donna Evans. She was duly inducted and we welcome her to our merry band.
Talking about new recruits, which was indeed the subject of the Ed Slot and delivered by Mr Plumley himself. As we embark upon our new recruitment drive it was apposite that we were reminded at all times to be approachable and friendly when visitors arrive. A specific piece of advice from our worthy Education Officer was to avoid personal questions. I have been trying to think of appropriate personal questions to ask and I would invite you all to do so. Let’s get them out of our system!!!!!… add them to the comments to this Blog and then let us make sure they are never repeated.
Let me start the ball rolling…. You will find this group very useful, if you have voices in your head, our resident hypnotherapist can make them come out of your bottom…
All of your contributions will be welcome. Regard it as something of a cleansing process.
So, there were 23 people producing each producing 60 seconds; surely there was something interesting, well…
With the temporary absence of the Bard of Hadleigh, Neal Lewer made a good tilt to his crown with this offering “…is your mess causing stress, does your clutter make you shudder”. The obvious cure for this problem is to have some custom made wardrobes or even a chest of drawers.
The School of Whimsy was at work, best effort through its representative Alan Shaw; the great man had been to a lecture at Thurrock visiting the National Opera House sets. He was particularly impressed with the way that air rises from the floor and did recommend it a good day out. He was recommended to liaise with Kim Redwood-Lee, our Social Secretary over this particular suggestion. Nick Cooke got nowhere close, although he did talk about being involved in taking a wall down but they rather spoilt it by sensibly recommending to the householder that he employed a builder for the purpose.
Talking of Kim Redwood-Lee, she is not looking for bookkeeping work but a bookkeeper to assist in her burgeoning practice.
Richard Willis talked of looking for clients who advertise. Most of us do one way or the other. He can at least assist apparently with the price. As one of the recent Billericay transferees you should organise a 1-2-1 with him asap.
So what of the Oscar, well it was Brian Painter who was judging. His offering had been a reference to a client who was agitated by noise but only the noise of people banging on his door or talking loudly outside the door. Apparently his father had been a bank robber and now had a lovely apartment looking over the Thames. Another example of the School of Whimsy being diligently at work in our 60 second round. Apart from his own contribution he awarded the Oscar to Kevin Brooks who had regaled us with the story about the selling back of a lap top. Slightly confusing but I can’t help but feel that it was the cerise shirt that saw him through.
What other highlights did we have; well its always nice to have one or two interesting things before breakfast. Scott Griffiths obliged with confirming the figures for referrals and monies passed, 25 referrals and just over £11,000 business recorded. Paul Booth reported on this week’s Synergy Team Meeting for the Finance and Professions Group and Brian Painter well and truly kicked off the recruitment drive sending the first two telephone members off on their merry way to try and invite car mechanics, a list of which had been supplied by Stuart Smallcombe and made available to Brian notwithstanding his lack of attendance. Let us see what next week brings..
And so to breakfast and then to the 20 minute presentation which was his was none other than out travel guru Richard Reed. Brochures and holiday offers were set out on tables we sat around and he once again gave a performance that sustained our confidence in referring him to our friends and family and using him ourselves, a good performance Richard.
From the numbers of referrals already mentioned the referrals and testimonials round was a positive affair and an advertisement as to why lots more people should be members of EBF.
The selection of the recipient of the Good Egg Award is a bit like a Vatican election, shrouded in secrecy but Richard Reed sent up the black smoke. I would like to thank at least the two people voted for me. I can confirm that as you read this Blog the egg is resting in a very safe place and will remain there until this month’s award is made.
Let’s keep up with numbers and see you all next week.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog,Thursday 9th April 2015.
An improved turnout with 20 members present and 2 guests; Donna Evans who, this time next week, will be a member and Peter Garner a motivational business adviser.
As we sat down certain things were apparent.
With Paul Booth standing in for Scott Griffiths the naughty corner had been depleted by one member. The other member from last week, Dean Caldon was sitting elsewhere. They were however adequately replaced by late substitutes, Kevin Brooks and Tina who had struggled in despite a cold.
On matters sartorial, Kevin Brooks once again led the way with a remarkable green pully. Equally remarkable and more unusual was a great effort from Paul Booth, wearing a comprehensively checked shirt in what was agreed to be the colour of aquamarine . It made him look like one of the characters in Little Mermaid but it was no worse for that.
We had a guest speaker for the Ed Slot, Janice Bentley Pearson whose hand writing is improving by the week. I can almost see her school report “…Janice has made good progress this term particularly with her hand writing which is now virtually readable…” Not only was her hand writing readable but her message was sensible. Don’t be afraid of customer feedback, it will only improve your performance. I hope to be able to report shortly that Janice’s writing has improved to the extent that it would win “Marian Richardson” award for calligraphy.
Talking of calligraphy, our resident calligrapher who produces those wonderfully italicised award certificates is no less than our pilgrim, Brian Painter. He has joined the Leadership Team as our recruitment officer and today was his debut with a slot just before we break for breakfast. He has set us on our way in a search for more visitors and more members. Brian’s regime is intended to involve all of us in the search without creating too onerous a task on any person involved in the particular week. Let’s really try and make this work and get our numbers up to 40.
And what of this weeks 60 second round. The School of Whimsy was much in evidence. Allan Moller was doing a bathroom and kitchen refurb for a nice Indian lady, Alan Shaw is involved with Holiday Homes and is not immediately looking for work and Brian Painter told of the lady with low self esteem who had her mother’s voice in her head constantly “putting her down”. Cleverly our pilgrim transferred the mothers voice round various parts of her body, finally to the ladies bottom and somehow it mysteriously disappeared from that particular part of her anatomy,. It only left us to wonder the method of departure…your suggestions please!!
David Plumley was into acronyms, POP & IMAP but his highest praise was saved for Hosted Exchanged. Did anyone understand what he was talking about this week?
If David Plumley caused any confusion, it wasn’t close to the confusion that Marcus Brown brought to the table. He is in the middle of Easter deep cleaning; pumping out lift shafts, equipment in lock ups, carpet cleaning and jet washing. A good referral for him would be to wash us all down before we left after the meeting.
Richard Reed was there tantalising us. A 16 day tour of China starting at £1,695 per head; I suspect that starting price means you travel in trains sat on wooden seats surrounded by slightly yellow tinted people trying to keep control of their chickens. I assume the slightly higher price tours involved taking the Chinese people away and just leaving the chickens. If you want a real bargain however and can stand the twang of the banjo and are not concerned about having to move in circles that largely involve mental defectives, the 10 day Deep South trip for £1,595 per person is an absolute must. I suspect, if I have slightly undersold these 2 wonderful offers, Richard will correct me in a comment in this Blog. Anyway, it is time to move on.
The 10 minute presentation.
Peter Hood gave a very assured performance by demonstrating various bits of plumbing equipment. It slightly brought to mind Brian Painter’s lady trying to dismiss the voice of her mother but nonetheless it was an excellent performance and those into technology will be lusting after his digital showers.
He then was a party to the delivery of referrals ion the Referrals and Testimonials Round which produced a highly creditable 27 referrals from 20 members and in excess of £11,000 worth of business recorded.
April has all the hallmarks of being a excellent month.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 26th March 2015.
17 members were present and 2 visitors. Donna Evans visited us for the second time and new visitor Silvia Meredith a Life Coach was also present.
A surreal meeting or so it seemed to me.
First impression was an addition to our venue, namely a chairlift from the ground floor entrance to our meeting room reminiscent of skiing holidays or a reminder that Brian Painter will be back with us next week.
The next image that greeted me and leads me on to sartorial matters was David Plumley, resplendent in double breasted blazer nicely set off with light grey slacks, and as our American cousins will have it, loafers…or rather that’s what it should have been. Set against the blues and greys was a cross striped tie that resembled a wasp. This rather fetching ensemble was worn in conjunction with socks to die for. Hoops of black pink orange and blue; if ever there was a man dressed to present a 10 minute slot it was our worthy Education and Development Officer.
If his socks appeared garish by contrast to the rest of his attire he was well supported by other members. Scott Griffiths sported orange and black hoops on his socks; NickCooke, red and white and finally Stuart Smallcombe, socks that were patterned gray green and white. What a feast of colour!!!! I cannot leave matters of fashion without once again congratulating Howard Bullock on another checked shirt that gave a general purplish impression.
So we all sat down and the meeting began. As I looked down the table, it was clear where any trouble would come from; at the end on the left was what became as the meeting progressed, the “naughty corner”. Inhabited by Messrs Booth, Bullock, Caldon and Smallcombe, they generally misbehaved through the meeting. At one stage during the 60 second round there were snorts, giggles and titters, which I particularly noticed after I had sat down after delivering my 60 seconds. The message was soon set round, my flies were undone. Well spotted chaps. I suspect you missed the message, that I will produce a basic employment contract that is legally compliant for £350.00 plus vat. Richard Reed was not here this week to take advantage of this Blog to further plug his products so I will unashamedly do it for myself.
What the otherwise sharp eyed Naughty Corner failed to spot was that my esteemed colleague, the Meeting Secretary, went through the whole of the meeting with his flies undone. I hope that this does not become a trend for future meetings.
The Ed Slot delivered, by the dapper Development Secretary tested us on our knowledge of what each other did as a prelude to warning of the importance of the 60 second presentation and, if I might emphasise, the need to turn up and deliver it.
Nuggets from the 60 second round included Neal Lewer with a very apt use of props. These came in the form of various drawer runners which he assured us were all German products, thereby implying quality. My favourite was the extension runner which brings a drawer right out and means that you either cannot hide things at the back of a drawer or you can hide them more effectively with the drawer being pulled out.
The School of Whimsy made it’s regular contribution. Nick Cooke, like some drug enforcement officer, referred to crack damage. Alan Shaw talked of designing animal hospitals and putting roofs over court yards…Oh and by the way, he is busy for the next 2 weeks. Stuart Smallcombe took Mrs S to the West End and appeared somewhat triumphant over managing to get half price tickets in the best seats. So overwhelmed was he with this triumph that he revealed the show exposed him and his Mrs to the Commitments and he then proceeded to regale us with a short medley of said bands greatest hits. It might not have been the “wall of sound” but it won him the Oscar. It was Alan Shaw who was in charge of the award. He found himself slightly overwhelmed by the process, uncertain as to his choice and at one stage he even declared that he thought that he should give serious consideration in awarding it to himself. I remember once attending a BNI (there…I have said it) training session when one Chapter boldly declared that the 60 second round was far too important to leave it to any previous winner and there was an appointed Oscar awarder. It seemed a stupid idea to me at the time but if I had to vote for someone it would be Alan Shaw.
After breakfast we had an excellent presentation by Mr Plumley who seemed comfortable in his clothes. If we learnt nothing more from his presentation that he is meticulous and effective that is in itself reasons for us to go out and find him more referrals.
Talking of referrals; this week there was in effect 20 referrals from 17 members. An average in excess of 1 referral per person seems to me a good result and the basis of a good referrals round.
Next week we hope to be welcoming ex Billericay members to our fold so please turn up in your droves and with their presence lets this make a well attended meeting.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 19th March 2015.
16 members present and 1 guest, Donna Evans who is threatening to come back next week, a potential new member.
The Ed Slot was delivered by Scott Griffiths. He illustrated the importance of 1-2-1s by getting us all to fill in a mini questionnaire that enabled him to get 5 “volunteers” to guess “who the person was”. The presentation revealed 2 things:
- Scott’s willingness to spend time in preparation and
- The importance of 1.2.1’s which is often neglected in a group where we all have known each other for a long time. Regular 1.2.1s with each, however much “we think” we know someone invariable reveals aspects of our businesses that will make referrals easier. This was one of several good Ed Slots that we have been treated to over recent weeks.
The real boost to the meeting this week, notwithstanding a visitor and a good Ed Slot was the presence of Graham Wright. It’s good to see him back in action, welcome back Graham.
Turning to matters sartorial; Howard Bullock never fails to deliver, this week’s shirt was the third check shirt in a row, but this one was red. Marcus Brown, only a shade away from his name, was wearing the Dacco red sweatshirt but Mr Bullock won the day.
Two members of the School of Whimsy were present and this week it was Alan Shaw who held sway. Back from a recent holiday he told of an interview he had with two clients where one of them fell asleep. He then went on to assure us that it was nothing to do with the way in which he was conducting the meeting. He then appeared to slightly lose his way and when asked where he went on his holiday he remained mesmerised. I will break my time honoured tradition of indicating who won the Oscar until after I have reported fully on the 60 second round and declare that Howard Bullock looked no further in awarding the Oscar to Mr Shaw. He had remembered his name, forgotten where he went on holiday and we were all very much aware of his presence. We all know he is an architect anyway…
Mike Rogers produced a stunning performance when illustrating how the budget allowance for first time buyers would make little difference. He rattled off his illustration in mind boggling fashion and when asked to repeat it he managed to do so. If I have been a first time buyer listening to him I would have been depressed but by contrast old grumble guts himself remained thoroughly cheerful throughout.
David Plumley for once produced something that would have been puzzling for the uninitiated. He is apparently “beefing up his remote tools”. We of course all knew what he was talking about. Anyone who has had David fiddling with their computer remotely will treasure the close encounter with his remote tools.
It was a relief to hear Richard Reed back on message; first off he was able to tell Alan Shaw where he had been on holiday, which brought a smile to everyone’s face, including Alan’s. I think it was something of reminiscence. It was as if he had been transported back to that beach, running in to the sea wearing his red Speedos. Well I rather hope they were red, it would have linked in with Howard Bullock,s red and white check…but I ramble…back to Richard Reed. I was slightly bemused by what turned out to be a 3 minute session. He seemed to be offering turkeys at £49.99, but of course really it was a holiday in Turkey for £499.00 per person. A 21 night cruise for £1,569.00 per person also seemed rather alluring but the down side was that you had to be ready to depart within two days.
Breakfast was upon us before we could blink and then we were into the 10 minute presentation which this week was from Gary Waskett. He was able to regale us with tales of insolvency and misbehaving directors and was a very assured performance. He had gone to the trouble of turning up his collar before he delivered his pearls of wisdom and what colour do you think the inside of his jacket collar was…yes, you’ve got it, red. He did make us realise how we can find referrals for him and typical of a well delivered 10 minutes, he was asked a lot of questions at the end.
The meeting wound to an end with the referrals and testimonials round and when the draw came for the speaker’s prize who should win it but Alan Shaw.
We finally departed out of the fire door because of work that was being done at the entrance of the building and so another meeting came to an end.