Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Thursday 6th November 2014.
25 present, which was a truly great turnout;
When I say 25, I include the Bard of Hadleigh who arrived at 7.30am. He might be the first but I am sure he will not be the last to realise that the breakfast at 7.45am enables you to take certain liberties and still have access to the Warley Park Banger. So what did he miss…
“Always remember the 5th November, gunpowder treason and plot”… you see, it’s the 5th November that most people remember either because they have an historical sense of the importance of why the Houses of Parliament should not have been destroyed, because you like fireworks or perhaps more importantly, love the taste of toffee apples. But who remembers the 4th November… apart from people who like burning other people’s bonfires down the night before!
Well…we do. In particular we all enjoyed our 4th November meeting when lots of strange things happened.
The shock of a new format for our meeting clearly scared several people away. We were 18 in number present to meet the challenge of a later arrival time and earlier start to the meeting and a later time for breakfast. All very confusing I know! Still, we struggled through, in fact I would go so far as to say we positively sailed through. Another couple of weeks and we should have ironed out any gremlins… if that’s what you do to gremlins.
Business Networking Blog – A review of our meeting (23rd Oct 2014) by Kevin Radford
I suppose I should start this blog with the old adage “You should be careful what you wonder” , having finished last week’s guest blog with the words I wonder how Aidan is able to produce such a well written amusing piece every week (in fact twice a week because he does Billericay as well) I find myself in the position of being invited to guest blog again this week.
Chairman’s Business networking Blog, Tuesday 21st October 2014.
13 present in all.
Nige Kirby’s Ed Slot was on EBF etiquette and listed things too numerous to mention but important to remember. The heart of our networking group is to support one another.
Business Networking Blog – Guest Written by Kevin Radford
Unfortunately our resident blogger had to leave the meeting early today to attend a training course in London so I thought I would have a go instead. By the way Aidan and Terry you both owe the charity pot a pound for turning up in jeans – its simply not allowed I’m afraid.
13 present in all including Peter Wild, Santander Local Business Manager.
Billy Foxwell was substituting for Hugo Heij and whilst the numbers were disappointing I was pleased to note that there were seven apologies for absence.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 2nd October 2014.
Well another month is over, characterised by really good attendance levels, an average amount of business passed, but business recorded (£40,000). The clear winner of the performance league – Kevin Radford. How does he do it… he gives lots of referrals; he probably has the same opportunities as all of us but he recognises them and converts them for the members benefit. We could all learn from his consistency. It doesn’t stop it from being irritating though!
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Tuesday 30th September 2014.
17 members present and 9, yes 9, visitors. Congratulations to all of you for your efforts for trying to locate potential visitors. It can be a fruitless task. Prior to the meeting I was given an indication of 11 confirmed visitors and to get 9 is a very good return.
Laura Rudd, the hairdresser has already made her application and paid her money and one or two others made the right noises after the meeting.
Having got things this far may I ask you all who made invitations, particularly to those who confirmed, to follow up:
For those who turned up, follow them up and make sure they are going to turn up next week and apply to join.
For those who confirmed but who did not turn up chase them down and get them to come to next week’s meeting a first time visitor.
For those who just unable to follow through and make contact and think they still might be interested, ‘phone them up tell them how successful the meeting was and try to encourage them to come for the first time.
And so what of the meeting itself! It was of its nature explanatory and the Education Slot and the 10 minute presentation were specifically targeted in this way.
The 60 second round also had an element of general introduction an explanation of what we did. In this regard everybody performed admirably. No 60 second round would be complete and no visitor introduction properly made if there was not the treat of Brian Painter rolling out the various constituent parts of the cigarette. He did not disappoint, and Dr Deb was her animated self, energetically describing the Vegan based hair and skin products and was quite rightly rewarded with the Oscar. I think it was the fact that she was about to invade Poland that just did it for her.
Testimonials and referrals round was probably the best that we have had. 13 referrals and nearly £3,000 worth of business recorded. We continue to progress.
If today’s Blog seems little more than a back patting exercise it was because it was deserved!
If this Blog is also a call to arms to follow up further on out visitors to try and increase the numbers who come to us following our recent initiative, that is how it should be!
I leave you to the tender mercies of Brian Painter next week with hopes of another good turn out and new members applying.
Congratulations to everyone.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 25th September 2014.
16 members present and 3 guests; Chris Atkins of Print Solutions, Marcus Brown a previous member cleaning contractors and Toyin Ayandare a Property Investment Manager.