20 members present plus Alex Pink, visiting us for the third time with a promise next week to make an application to join. A good turnout given that the holiday season is upon us once again. As with our previous 2 weeks when we had even better turnout, there was a buzz to the meeting.
David Plumley’s Ed Slot was back to basics, in particular, tracking your referrals. Both the ones that you give and the ones that you receive!! The ones that you give, to not only ensure that they are followed up properly but to make sure those acknowledgements for the money are made. On the other side of the coin, make sure that those that you receive are chased up and referred back to the referrer if nothing immediately comes of them and to make sure that they are, at the end of the piece of business, attributed and recorded.
Following such a studious theme I was hoping that the 60 second round would also reveal a theme, whether studious or otherwise. In that I was disappointed, although it was none the less entertaining.
With the Commonwealth Games going on, I seem to have been watching nothing but highlights on TV. I will adopt the same principle and let you have some highlights from the 60 second round.
Marcelle was engaging, as she reminded us of what one side of her business did indeed supply, engagement rings.
Gary Waskett and Jennie Pritchard both declared themselves rushed off their feet. Gary felt this arose from the economic recovery causing overtrading. Clearly Jennie being busy means there is an increase in trading and it presumably means the banks are lending money!!
David Plumley talked about a Funeral Director in Hadleigh that represented good business whilst Kevin Radford explained that his business based in Hadleigh was not the Hadleigh in Suffolk which apparently is a very pretty little town but the Hadleigh in Essex which is not. Presumably because amongst other things it contains lots of Funeral Directors.
Richard Reed was advocating “cruising” and some special offers that lead into 2016. When he named the Cruise Line and the extent of the deal he started speaking quietly so I couldn’t pick up the details. Maybe it’s one of the travel industries best kept secrets.
Through the recent months we have not had our fair share of whimsy; Alan Shaw, its principal exponent however put that right and was at his whimsical best. It perhaps had something to do with his having to turn up early to “man” the door. He forgot to sign in the members register, until they were packing up at 7 am.
He then started his 60 seconds by telling us that he written a poem last week. This looked promising! He then however declared that he couldn’t remember how it started and therefore…. told us of a recent visit to Kent where he had seen Ellen Terry’s house. Unfortunately he had to explain that this was not a relative of this famous footballer but a well known film star of yore and thence a visit to a pub that had not changed since the Second World War. Not to the tune of threepence a pint but both buildings apparently (and here’s the architectural bit) exhibited fantastic spaces.
For the casual visitor or reader of this Blog Alan is in fact an Architect and provides architectural services…what else can I say!!
The final thing that I can report to you about the 60 second round is that I won the Oscar; largely because I pointed out that I worked from an office in Hockley which not only sounds like Hadleigh but is also a grotty town in Essex that also boasts a funeral director.
Vivienne Nwalema was the 10 minute presenter and it gave her an opportunity to introduce herself fully to the group and also show us a very slick video that promoted her business. At the same time,
so slick was the video that it also promoted Alex Pink’s business as he had produced it……Her presentation resulted in a good response with many questions being thrown at her by the members. Alan Shaw wasn’t letting us off the hook on whimsical stakes. He asked a very pertinent question about whether she could transport cats to the Cayman Islands…yes that rights cats to the Cayman Islands, not caymans to the Isle of Dogs. Apparently she can…. transport cats that is. An excellent 10 minutes that allowed us all to understand her product and hopefully enable members to spot referrals for her.
She even finished off her presentation with a little dance. Part of the limbering up process for running in the referrals and testimonials round. A reasonable number of referrals and monies recorded produced a return for this month of £65,000. If not the dizzy heights, it was a very solid performance this month, it will be difficult to replicate it in the month of August when holidays hit us but let’s see if we can beat it next month.
Until next week…
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 24th July 2014.
24/7, as it was christened, produced a good turnout 22 members and 3 guests. Darryl Oung, who advises the construction industry on Sub Contracts and Sub Contractors, Kudzai Sibanda from Recruitment Health Care and for the second time Alex Pink who produces online video/film. With 1 or 2 on holiday and Graham Wright emailing us that he was approaching recovery we continued with good attendance as last week.
Guest presenter of the Ed Slot was Brian Painter, who compared the various ways of getting new business and in particular emphasised the value of person recommendation, particularly through networking.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Tuesday 22nd July 2014.
19 members present.
Fresh back from holiday, Nige Kirby presented the Ed Slot which was all about presenting yourself. The 60 round and the 10 minute slot are all about preparation. It involves confidence, eye contact, passion and finally, please remember to smile!!
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Thursday 17th July 2014.
What a fantastic turnout! 24 members present and 3 visitors; Alex Pink a video producer, George Smith a recruitment manager and for the last time as a visitor Janice Bentley-Pearson, business adviser. She has made her application and been accepted by the Committee as a member.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Tuesday 15th July 2014.
Several returning from holiday produced 18 members and 3 guests. Ian Stanley for the last time as he was inducted as a new member and the Chrises Vernon who have applied to join. They have been accepted by the committee and therefore will be members next week. With Ian Nicholson’s announcement that he might have found a photographer, let’s keep up the good work in attracting visitors and therefore potentially new members, well done everybody.
Chairman’s Blog Thursday 10th July 2014.
A good turnout, 20 members plus 1, Vivienne’s guest Aaron Foster who deals with commercial property investments;
The Ed Slot had David Plumley, back to basics and extolling the virtues of 1-2-1. His challenge for everyone, to arrange a 1-2-1 before they left the meeting, seemed to have a fairly good take up as I spotted people scurrying around at the end of the meeting and making appropriate arrangements. Congratulations to David for a very focused, productive Ed Slot.
In a topsy-turvy sort of way I will begin my description of the 60 second round with the Oscar winner- Marcelle. She extolled the virtues of the Ruby which is the stone for the month of July. It is apparently chromium that gives it its colour, useful for 40th wedding anniversaries and a most valued Ruby type colour is “pigeon blood”. The fact that I was interested to note the above facts down explains why she won the Oscar, awarded to her by last week’s winner Michael Adelizzi who immediately followed her and talked of low level baths and high level toilets. I am sure I was only one of many with the mental image of people transferring to the latter to the former.
Peter Hood has been changing nappies and burping, this he declared made the breakfast a departure from his normal routine although I had noticed the burping at previous meetings.
Dean Caldon talked about houses (‘cos Howard suggested it) Howard Bullock talked about pensioners (‘cos Dean suggested it). Alan Moller talked about electrical installations (‘cos he thought that’s what people would suggest if asked).
Richard Reed talked of cruises, in particular a company that was having a summer sale that take boats to places that other cruises don’t reach. It would appear that this accessability is gained at the expense of size. Although the word “cosy” cruises comes to mind, in fact the company is called Crystal Cruises and a cruise is yours from £2,000 upwards (come on Richard you can’t get a better plug than that!!!).
David Plumley was not going to let us off the hook after his very effective Ed Slot; he maintained his up beat manner by getting excited over “network sockets” and someone called NAZ who sounds like someone who is going to join a Jihad, but is in fact something that is very useful to small businesses (I do have some trouble concentrating at times in the early morning). Indeed as my concentration waned only certain things pierced my consciousness which were as follows:
Tina said she has 30 years of experience;
It was Stuart Smallcombe’s wedding anniversary;
Kevin Brooks has been installing a lift to take someone’s mother in law up into a loft…I did expect him to get more referrals in the light of this particular area of expertise but members were restrained in this.
That’s enough of the 60 second, round suffice to say it was upbeat lively and entertaining. Surely it could not get better…but it did! In the10 minute presentation Nick Cooke produced a memorable presentation. First of all he set himself up with a small “occasional table”…yes that’s right, one that you only see occasionally. This table contained the following items; cup, saucer, teapot, telephone and bottle of wine. Yes, I own up to it, I was once a contestant on Bull’s Eye. Anyway he proceeded to receive a telephone call when he had a discussion with what I think was an imaginary caller seeking his services. His caller thought he needed a Home Buyers Report from a surveyor. Nick was having none of it, he explained to the deluded individual that he needed a structural engineer who would be able to provide advice on the structure of the house he was proposing to purchase. These presentations can always be open to ridicule and I certainly am not going to miss out on such an opportunity but this telephone call was well prepared and was an excellent presentation. There was thererore a spring in his step when he did the running in the referrals and testimonials round.
There were finally 14 referrals and business written of £36,750 which sets us on course for a good July.
One or two little extras to report on this week;
Paul announced the results of the keepy –uppy completion but only after Michael Adelizzi had given us a demonstration of his own particular skills in that area. Most of us completed our test prior to breakfast and demonstrated more putty-downy rather than keepy-uppy skills. I think I recall Peter Hood making double figures but the winner, despite doing it whilst wearing a suit, was run away with 39 thus fuelling the suspicions that many of us have, that Dean Caldon is not only a look alike for Mehmet Ozil but is the man himself who had popped back briefly from his world cup duties to brighten up our morning. It perhaps explains why Howard Bullock had to tell him what should be the subject of his 60 seconds. Don’t worry Dean your secret it safe with us.
With every benefit comes a burden; I was the lucky beneficiary of the Good Egg Award for June and I thank all those who voted for me. I just hope that the votes weren’t prompted by the burden side of the award, namely the responsibility of looking after the egg until it is delivered back for next month’s award in the first August meeting. The responsibility doesn’t just extend to the egg, there is a rather attractive stand and the bag that is was purchased in. It should be safe in my lounge provided as it is sitting comfortably on my mantle piece…unless I have a keepy-uppy completion in said lounge.
A truly great meeting, let’s see if we can repeat it next week.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Tuesday 8th July 2014.
Lots of us on holiday but we still managed 18 in attendance including Ian Stanley, visitor for the second time who produced his application to join and Chris Vernon senior and junior from Kitchen Technics, visitors for the first time but enthusiastic to come back and join.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Thursday 3rd July 2014.
21 present including Janice Bentley-Pearson for the second time. She is threatening to join. On an upbeat note, we were also pleased to welcome Gary Waskett and Vivienne Nwalema as fully fledged members of our group; Vivienne from the Billericay group and Gary representing a renewed membership for Anthony Batty & Co.
Chairman’s Business networking Blog Tuesday 1st July 2014.
19 in all present including Kim-Redwood-Lee and Danielle White from Redwood Clarke standing in for Anne Clarke.
Chairman’s Business networking Blog Thursday 26th June 2014
18 members present with 2 visitors Mark Blackham from Hyundai, attending for the second time and Janice Bentley-Pearson a business adviser and first time visitor. The former has been approved by the Committee and we are hoping to get his membership sorted out for next week. The later expressed a clear wish to join us and we hope to see her next week.
David Plumley produced an Ed Slot that warned us of our overall demeanour in dealing with our clients, to be positive (no moaning) and to go the extra mile.