Chairman’s Blog Meeting Tuesday 16th July 2012
13 in attendance including 1 guest invited by James Henshaw – Kieran Sweeney of the Utility Warehouse.
Brian Painter delivered the Education Slot entitled “you only get one chance to make a first impression” and as we moved into the 60 seconds round this was picked up by Scott Griffiths in extolling the virtue of an effective website both as to content and positioning on the Google pages.
We now have a brand new sparkling Oscar which had been won last week by Rosemary as a virtual Oscar but today she had the chance to handle this truly magnificent piece of statutary coupled with her job to award the Oscar for this week’s performances. She was also first up in the 60 second round itself and this week, she was “flogging” patent insurance and just when we thought we had expunged the memory of Jeremy Clarkson from our collective consciousnesses what did she do but produce a video of the great man thereby illustrating fake branding and breach of copyright. I am not sure if I was a clothes manufacturer that I would want to own up to Jeremy Clarkson wearing my product, but never mind!
Robert Mayes declared that they could “deal with everything from floor to ceiling” with “no job being too small” and whilst we are on the question of tag lines, Ed Crocker of Nationwide Couriers claimed they delivered “same day any day”. Jason Nortey appeared as himself and advertised his ability to install electrical items in cars including parrots. If any of these 60 second presentations gave us a lift it was Brian Painter who was positively asking for people with problems in a lift or rather his case history was one of a man who had a lift problem where he finished up “riding the elevator”. It was left, however, to Nigel Kirby to have the Oscar bestowed upon him for describing succinctly specific areas of his work including the provision of Gas Safety Certificates… and in answer to your unasked question, yes he was wearing shorts but I am afraid this week he was totally outdone by Robert Mayes who not only showed his knees but had the slight sartorial edge on our Nige.
The Meeting Secretary’s report directed us to the website to assist in inviting visitors and potential new members. If you could pick a category this week, the website will reveal the categories, check in local Yellow Pages and send out invites to that specific category. You might be surprised at the response.
And so on to the 10 minute slot which was this week occupied by Jim Henshaw. He gave a very polished performance selling himself by giving details of his earlier career and thus revealing that he was the first PC to be seen in body armour thereby establishing himself as Billericay’s own Iron Man. Apparently, when having the initial interview with a client he first of all checks what they have got, and then what they have not got and advises on both. Let’s see if we can find some clients for him to enable him to put his method into practice.
Well done Jim.
So on to the referrals and testimonials round. There were 8 referrals passed and £1.279.00 worth of business recorded as being passed which is a good performance for our expanding little group.
A very pleasant and successful meeting and I look forward to seeing you all next week.