Business Networking Blog for Billericay, Guest Written by Hugo Heij
When reading the last blog I wrote, I noticed some similarities between the meeting on 9th September and this morning.
1st Attendance was low
2nd Brian Painter was chairing the meeting
3rd Aidan Squire was not present
As Business Coaches we often talk about Cause and Effect. Not sure if there is a connection between any of the mentioned points, although the fourth similarity is me writing the blog again.
Anyway, even before the meeting was officially started, Brian tried already to upset our brains. Not by sharing disgusting examples from his practice, but by referring to Laura as a plenipotentiary peripatetic. Initially you might think this was pretty rude of him, although this isn’t some of the diseases he normally cures through hypnotherapy. It either isn’t an ingredient of the bad cigarettes he is always going on about……. It simply is a very posh Essex word for Sales Representative.
So with that out of the way, the meeting was officially kicked off at 7.25am. Brian highlighted his role as taking us gently through the agenda, which was a bit difficult to believe given his pre-agenda start.
Apologies were received from Aidan, Robert, Debra and Christine.
In the education slot, Nige Kirby explained in detail how the referral slips should be used, highlighting the numbers on the side of the slips. Also good to note, that you make sure the slips are completed in nice hand writing, so other are able to read the details.
Further make sure that you complete an activity record after the work is completed, as this will help the group register the successes and the work completed. And, you get points in the league table…..
A special welcome to Ross Luckman from Little Havens Hospice. It was great to see the hospice attending again.
Richard Willis explained the league table in detail, and mentioned that points can be scored in many ways….. The best way of scoring is paying him money. Other ways are attendance, referrals, 1-2-1s, Synergy meetings, inviting guests. Winner of the month is Debra Glover (although not present today -5!).
Then we went into the 60 seconds. We were all urged to listen very intensely, because today we would use the 10 minute speaker slot for a Q&A session with each other.
Lewis started off with patios in Indian sandstone and was looking for driveways and block paving. Chris Adams followed by apologies for his absence in the past weeks. Although he tried to blame the childcare arrangements (Get above the line!) it became very obvious he had been on a jolly to Barcelona. He then started digging a hole for himself, as he moved from ‘It was a business trip’ to ‘we missed the flight because one of us had stomach problems’. Yeh right, very believable story. Bottom line was that he is looking for companies that need IT support.
Nige Kirby started with the good news that he de-registered for VAT, and that it was the next step to becoming a teacher.
And as teachers do, they like to show off, so Mr Kirby tried to outperform Brian with his ‘posh’ word for Sales Representative by sharing his word of the day: polytetrafluoroethylene. Well done Nige, you will be an excellent teacher.
Ian re-visited pension legislation. Hugo explained the role of a Coach and acted as the Business Coach of the group – see separate note (below).
Richard spoke about the importance of being visually distinctive and showed us five logos. We all had a guess at them, with Lewis clearly eating Pringles at a regular basis, with a lovely Pepsi on the side. To compensate for the unhealthy stuff, he then consumes an Innocent Smoothie, which he buys at the local BP garage. Surely he must have a phone from Vodafone. Well done Lewis!
Ross spoke about CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) which is not restricted to Corporates. Also Small and Medium business can be active in this field, so please speak to Ross in what way Little Havens can help. And consider that Little Havens has many followers, so cooperating is not a one way street, and might be very beneficial for your business.
Laura brought is some lovely affordable products to give with Christmas. When passing these products around the Chairman stopped that, in order for people to listen instead of sniffing during the 60 second round.
Paul was speaking about his own certification, which needs to be done annually. It was a great assurance to hear that he passed with flying colours. He also shared an example of a job he arrived at, that was a mess. Therefore, refer people to Paul if they hear funny sounds from their electrical cabinet.
Brian shared a case where his client did not dare to drive faster than 30mph, which was a bit useless, as the person was a professional HGV driver (and we always complain about foreign drivers….?). Luckily he was cured and is now probably annoying people by bumpering them.
Jim spoke about PPI compensation. We sometimes see these big amounts on television, but reality is that paid compensation is normally low. Jim’s wife had received cheques for £30 and £8.20, which was at least significantly higher than the recent lottery win of EFB.
Adam is looking for Limited companies that need auditing. Preferably a bit closer to home, so he doesn’t have to miss EBF on Tuesday mornings.
Ian awarded the Oscar to Richard for his interactive session around branding. Richard in turn gave a very emotional thank you speech for this massive moment in his professional career.
The Meeting Secretary report was very positive with many referrals passed around. The 10 minute slot was used for Q&As between members which was found useful by several members. Topics covered were: PPI pay-outs, wet shaves, VAT, Inheritance Tax and working with Charities.
The final bit was the referral round: Jim wanted to award the speakers prize that he had brought to the meeting. It was then brought to his attention this was not for him to give away, as this was already done the week before. (Hugo: Thank you Jim!)
Hugo was going to keep something in his pocket, which was received in laughter by one of the more senior members of the group. What was he thinking about???
Laura learned “never to say NO referrals”, as this can be expressed by: ‘Working on loads of referrals’, ‘Many referrals in the pipeline’, ‘lots of things cooking’ etc. This sounds very pro-active and positive. Although it means the same.
Nige has problems with his MSN and Hotmail (not surprising as he is probably the only person in the world still using MSN….)
Richard reminded us about the Christmas dinner. Deposits will be taken in the next couple of weeks.
All in all a good and productive meeting despite the low numbers.
The Chair ad interim closed the meeting with thanks to everyone attending.
Separate note from your Business Coach:
As with everything in life, we are responsible for our own situation and outcomes. If you don’t like your situation (in life or business), you might want to change what you are doing. Remember: If you do what you always did; you will get what you always got). You are not a tree; you can change your actions. You can change your direction.
The same applies to EBF. The success of us as a group is not dependent on the Economy, the Interest rates or even the Leadership committee. It is dependent on us as members. If we want this group to be successful, we have to commit ourselves to make it successful.
This means attending every week. If for whatever reason you cannot come, at least, apologise. You can email, tweet or text, so in this day and age there is no excuse for not informing the group that you cannot make it. Even if you miss your alarm, you can ping a text or tweet during the meeting, as this will be picked up by some of the Social Media junkies.
So let’s set ourselves the goal to make this group successful by committing ourselves to attend, and to actively engage with the group. A networking group is as successful as its individual members. And you are one of them!
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.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Tuesday 23rd September 2014.
Holidays well and truly over and 16 present.
It was inevitable that the meeting will be dominated by next week’s Visitor’s breakfast and hopefully, both by use of the Ed Slot and the 10 minute presentation, foundations have been laid for us to co-ordinate our visitor efforts. Team Leaders to collate potential visitors on Friday of this week with a view to a final count of check of heads on Monday so that we can notify the Golf Club on what hopefully will be a realistic estimate of numbers.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 18th September 2014.
Congratulations on a good turnout, 21 in all.
A simple but important Ed Slot delivered by our worthy Education and Development Officer. It was something of a call to arms. We have two very successful and well run Synergy Teams which do raise a very useful forum for members to get more information about each other and improve the chance of referrals. Paul Booth chairs the Professions/Finance Group and Richard Reed the Business to Consumer. Members should try and attend one of these each month. Why not bring a visitor to the next meeting you attend.