Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 22nd September 2016.
Great turnout; 23 Members and 2 visitors, Ryan Donahue Insurance Broker and Neil Garrett Plasterer, here for the second time. The meeting was already buzzing when David Plumley rose to deliver the Ed Slot. His theme was “priorities”; these should be conscious decisions with reference to lifestyle and fixing the importance of work or even EBF within our life style. It was a good introduction to get the meeting under way.
The Performance League, Scott Griffiths confirmed Paul Booth as currently in the lead. Everything seems to be getting back to normal.
What of the 60 second round.
It would appear this working week has raised various issues for various of our members.
Mike Rogers was practicing being retired and has decided that although he is seven years away he doesn’t want too much work so he can reach retirement intact and remain his usual cheery self. Jo Jones has been busy with massages and Michael Adelizzi is having to consider commission for his staff who operate from the shop.
Nick Cooke felt that he had been away for a such a long period of time he needed to effectively reintroduce himself…. and so he did speaking constructively about structural design. Some whimsy from him Alan Shaw who drifted quite a bit. A client from 3 years ago had built a house on a 3 acre site. He wanted him to do something… but I am sure I am not alone in not quite understanding what.
Carmel Jane has been involved in a school project; she produced examples of photographs she has taken. Her skill is obvious and apparent. I have been inspired to positively go looking to recommend her whenever I can. I do not think anyone could fail to appreciate the quality of her work.
Steve Roach was sipping water but this I understand is because he has just received an invitation to the races at Newbury with Champagne and all the trimmings. He was good enough to offer 2 further tickets for anyone who was willing to take him up and accompany him but you had to get to Shenfield Station shortly after the meeting. I would be interested whether anyone else joined him or at least how much Steve managed to drink during the course of the day. That’s what the comments section of this blog is for!!!
Brian Painter is about to depart to Tenerife but he seemed already there. He is however still looking out for smokers. By contrast Howard Bullock is looking for recovering alcoholics to assist with trying to get insurance cover and he is going nowhere. Great shirt Howard.
There was also an ablutorial theme, Scott Griffiths has a client who hires portable toilets. Alan Shaw was fascinated by a slowly descending toilet seat, all of which was a good advertisement for Michael Adelizzi. Kevin Brooks talked of a ball park price for an extension. He did not seem to know what a ball park would cost but because he prepares careful bills of quantity at the least the client would know in the end.
The Oscar went to Jill Willis for pointing out that if you use software packages for producing or helping produce your product, check out the extras on it.
Scott Griffiths had the enviable task of announcing in the Meeting Secretary’s Report the good numbers that we produced today. There were 36 or did I see a final 37 referrals and there was in excess of £30,000.00 worth of business written.
This led us in to the 10 minute presentation. Kevin Brooks was the man of the day and he appeared before us looking less like a builder than anyone else in the room. He also manfully toyed with technology that included a video presentation that had as its principal boy Nick Cooke. All in all however it was an excellent presentation showing Kevin’s work to best effect and the video was also a lesson in how quickly you can demolish an internal wall.
There then followed the referrals and testimonials round which, with the amount of referrals and monitory acknowledgements,showed what a vibrant and successful group we are. With that thought in mind I look forward to next week.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 15th September 2016.
Great turnout, 24 in all including Jithin George from Crosspay.
We had a good start with Scott Griffiths delivering the Ed Slot. His theme was expectations and the necessity of businesses to manage their standards and the expectations of their client/customers. He finished up preaching the gospel of the benefits of being “consistently average”. In doing so he also managed to throw up sufficient of the whimsical and the incongruous to create the right atmosphere for the rest of the meeting. There was of course a serious point to all this which wasn’t lost on members…….maybe!!!
When the 60 second round got underway there was something of a theme of “heat”. References abounded.
Marcelle had explained that the rarest colour of Sapphire is purple. As it is the stone for a 45th wedding anniversary it’s not something we really need worry about. From purple to Jo Eastwood. With this September being the hottest September since 1973, coincidentally when “Last of the Summer Wine” first started, she has had a purple patch selling lots of Rose, which presumably is helping her customers cope with the heat. She was promptly followed by Michael Adelizzi who tried to throw some light on extractor fans. Talk about hot!!! Michael’s top of the range extractor fan “turns itself on”. If by this time the temperature was rising, then we were brought down to earth by Sharon Conway who had a cold. Her voice only just held out for the 60 seconds. Well done Sharon.
Stuart Smallcombe told of a client who instructed him through the wife of the partnership to go for a telephone system that was not the cheapest (£500.00) but top of the range (£2,000.00). It was no surprise to Stuart that they reverted to the £500.00 job once the husband got involved.
It was my intention in this Blog to ignore for once the competing forces of the School of Whimsy and the Naughty Table. There were some gems however which need to be put into the mix emanating from these august bodies. Alan Shaw had instructions from a householder to create two separate flats in a house so that a disabled son could look after his aging father. Brian Painter had three clients to talk about all of whom were addicted to the following:
- Coke (the liquid variety…I think)
- Jumbo Crisps. If ever there was an elephant in the room !
Anyway our Pilgrim dealt very effectively with these three addicts using EFT. Apparently you touch various parts of your body and suddenly the focus of your addiction no longer tastes pleasant. Something similar to acupuncture I believe. Alan and Brian certainly kept up the Whimsical side of the meeting. However they weren’t alone and Howard Bullock, very firmly of the Naughty Table was exceedingly whimsical with a tale of a fisherman who was going to go out of business because they were dredging the Thames. With reference to pensions as opposed to fishing “little pots make bigger pots”…you had to be there really!
Gill Willis fondly remembered Roahl Dahl. Her 60 seconds was lickswishy and delumptious. There was no hint of uckyslush orrotsome about her presentation. In fact it could be said that the whole of the 60 second presentation was scrumdiddlyumptious.
David Plumley bordered on the frenetic in illustrating how a lot of our businesses are synergetic and Alan Moller proved it by talking about extractor fans, and not only those that turn themselves on.
No 60 second round up is complete without Richard Reed’s offering. He was talking USA and indirect flights but produced what appears on the face of it to be an uncomfortable 5 nights on a hard rock for £499.00.
The Oscar however went to something really sensible, namely Anne Clarke explaining the importance of credit control and the way in which to go about doing it. She probably deserved if only for bringing us all down to earth, well done Anne, it was nice to see you after several months.
The 60 second round was followed very quickly by the Meeting Secretaries Report and he was able to refer to the £36,150.00 worth of business recorded which is excellent for a single meeting.
Modesty constrains me from dwelling on the 10 minute presentation which was an attempt by me to be instructive on the topic of Contracts of Employment. It is a tribute to my content and delivery that one of the first questions up was about a Will. Before that question, a question about a banana. It was only Matt Barry who saved me from total despair by giving me a referral relating to Contracts o Employment. Thanks Matt.
For those of you with any sense of recall and with a softer side to their character; I did go to the dentist, I did not have anything horrible done to me but unfortunately it will be happening in about 2 weeks’ time.
Next week however is another day and I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday.
This week’s Essex Business Forum meeting was busy and bustling with lots of members back from holiday. With 22 members in attendance.
Brian Painter of Pilgrim Hypnotherapy (standing in for Aidan Squire of Quality HR) chaired confidently. Guiding us all through the proceedings. We had apologies for absence from Aidan Squire, Matt Barry, Carmel Jane, Kevin Brooks and Richard Reed.
Headlines to take away and savour include;
1. Jill Willis, WordsByJill Copywriting was network leader for August.
2. We achieved almost £11k worth of new business
3. We passed 19 new referrals!
4. That’s £22k during Sept so far.
5. On track to hit our monthly average of £80k of new business opportunities – which is great for holiday season.
6. Visitor Neil Garratt of Plaster in Brentwood joined us, and showcased his expertise in plastering and painting gained over 15 years in the trade. We hope to welcome him back next week.
7. Jill scooped the 60 second award – for her account of the wide range of copywriting services she provides clients.
8. The next Professions Synergy meeting is scheduled for 4pm Tuesday 13th September at Reeds in Billericay.
9. The EBF promotional campaign on Phoenix FM will go ahead, please look out for Terry’s email and organise payment.
We were reminded by David Plumley of Brentwood Computers to really bring our A game to the referral round. His Education Slot made it clear, there’s no excuse for not contributing! So next week see how much info you can fill into the slips. You might be surprised.
Things you can include in the referral round –
– One to one meetings
– Advanced notice of visitors you aim to being along to future meetings
– Heads up on referrals you’ll be submitting in the next few weeks
– Thank you for the business
– Written testimonials
– Synergy meetings
– Verbal testimonials
Not to mention a thank you to the 10-minute presenter, or a welcome to visitors.
There’s always something to pop into the basket, and a positive word to say.
The 60 second round had some interesting topics this week. Highlights include, Jo Jones of Jo Jones Health recounting a wonderful testimonial from a massage client. Steve Roach of Phoenix FM proudly announced that the radio station was top of the national sports charts, with its sports shows in 4th, 2nd and 1st place (West Ham Way show). We were all impressed by the beautiful range of sprits showcased by Jo Eastwood of independent wine merchant Liquorice. She launched her new range of Japanese Gin and Caribbean rum.
Brian Painter of Pilgrim Hypnotherapy told a heart-warming story of an expectant mum successfully giving up smoking thanks to his hypnotherapy services, and Scott Griffiths of Eseyo web design drew our attention to the premium & affordable web hosting he offers to clients (even those who had their websites built elsewhere). Now why would anyone do that!?
The 10-minute presentation was outstanding. Provided by Dean Caldon of Grace & Rose sales and lettings, it was an insight into professional estate agency…and a testament to the personal, caring approach the business has.
“We are a family run, independent estate agency based in Billericay & Brentwood; but you won’t find us in a showy shop on the high street. That’s because we’re one of the UK’s growing number of hybrid office based agents. This means that we’re able to cleverly combine the best of traditional estate agency, with the cost saving benefits of online”.
We were left with no doubt; Grace & Rose provides an outstanding service from beginning to end.
For more information on the services Dean, and Grace & Rose provides, contact 01277 623010 or visit www.graceandrose.co.uk
Next Week – We’ll be looking for clever ways to record member testimonials…so Scott can include it in the points system. Initial idea is to make a note on the Activity slip, alongside one to ones. But other ideas welcomed!
See you next week!
Jill (in for Aidan)
Good turnout, 22 in all.
We inducted the Flying Bee in the guise of Alan Heggie, his first day as a member. Welcome Alan.
Terry Maylin, still standing in for Scott Griffiths, announced the winner of the Performance League this month and by way of a very pleasant change it was Jill Willis; congratulations Jill who narrowly pipped Nick Cooke. Jill was on holiday but Nick was present in his truly biblical self.
Stuart Smallcombe presented the Ed Slot. As a result of business coaching they now do a 90 day review of how they have done in the previous 90 days and what their plans are for the next 90 days. It is all about setting targets. Having goals to aim for. A well-presented Education Slot.
As usual, with a good turnout, there was a buzz to the meeting which led to a lively 60 second round.
Richard Reed had the offer of a lifetime being a flight to New Zealand and a cruise. He sought to illustrate the value of the offer by asking Carmel what she would pay only for flights to New Zealand which were the equivalent of the cost of the flight and cruise itself. He also received support from of all people Alan Shaw. It cost him and his wife over £2,000 each to go on a celebrity cruise. I didn’t realise that the celebrities had to pay!!!
In the meantime Jo Jones needs help in promoting things through her website and brought up the question of testimonials, this is something for us all to consider.
From the School of Whimsy came some pretty down to earth efforts from Alan Shaw who is looking for building schemes to advise on and Brian Painter who managed in one client to get a panoply (I believe that’s the collective adjective) of phobias. A lady brought to him her daughter who was basically frightened of everything. He has dealt with the blood, the snakes and something else I cannot remember. Next week its injections and lack of confidence. So far everyone on message. We were saved however by Nick Cooke; some bloke wanted to knock a wall down and felt that Nick was the only person to do the job because, from looking at his photograph on the website, he liked the cut of his jib. I think the plan is to put Nick Cooke’s photograph on everybody’s website.
So much for the School of Whimsy. The Naughty Table also was back in action and fully stocked. Howard Bullock is looking for people in their fifties. Mike Rogers on the other hand told a very interesting and informative story of the pigeon in his garden that had lost its memory. He picked the pigeon up and stuck it on the fence in the hope that it would remember that in order to get down from the fence it would have to fly. This apparently didn’t work. It occurred to me that he might bring it in to our next meeting and give it to Brian. I assume that pigeons have sub-consciousness; whether its nine tenths of their brain or not remains to be seen but it must be worth a try.
David Plumley declared that he had lots of aunties but he knew the one he liked the best. It was all rather technical for me.
It was Steve Roach to explain that Phoenix FM has 2 birthdays. I do not know which the official one is but recently it was the 20th for their first broadcast. Many happy returns.
When Alan Heggie rose to his feet, being last up, I was obviously having difficulty by that time with my hearing. I am sure he said that he had route called the Whiskey Way. Maybe that was simply a threat to whisk you away… heaven knows, but he neatly rounded off the 60 second presentation.
Dean Caldon won the Oscar last week but was not around for the end of the 60 second round and the award was made by Kim Redwood-Lee. Kevin Brooks was the recipient, selected for emphasising the importance of proper schedules of work being drawn up for all building jobs.
The ten minute presentation was Matt Barry’s first. A very well presented, polished performance that gave us a full breakdown of the work that he does both at the high end and the lower end. We wish him well in Copenhagen, and whilst he is away there should be an opportunity for us to try and find business for him.
And so we moved to the end of what was a very successful meeting. Unfortunately I will not be with you all next week but I wish you well and look forward to seeing you in 2 weeks time.
At last a good turnout in August, 22 members present with 3 visitors. Sharon Conway from the Flying Bee whose application to join the group has been accepted – congratulations Sharon.
Two first time guests, Paul Hughes from Commercial Energy and Suzette Howe from Triple Windows.
The Ed Slot was once again this week courtesy of David Plumley. His subject was the importance of concentration during the working day. His suggestions included; mini breaks, drinking water, going outside for fresh air, jumping up and down, breathing deeply, getting sufficient sleep and a good breakfast. The working day accordingly to our Plum therefore involves drinking eating sleeping and jumping up and down. Members should notice and take it with them to their work place.
Thanks to Michael Adelizzi for popping in his way to a job, he did not eat drink jump up and down or partake in the 60 seconds but his attendance was appreciated.
And so to the 60 second round. Hot weather brought out the shorts and the knees, some more attractive than others.
Richard Reed, his whole life like is a holiday, has spent a lot of the time in the garden…working.
Jo Jones relieved a cyclist of pains in his body by getting him to stretch. It was not clear exactly what he stretched but it resulted in a proposal of marriage.
Still on subject of holidays Carmel Jane has not had a day off for 2 weeks and a recent job involved her taking photographs from the top of a Fork Lift. That’s the way to make plant(s) work for you.
Howard Bullock was obliged to leave early but had put in the appearance. He was therefore absent from the Naughty Table; his place was taken by Alan Shaw which combination of the Whimsical and the Naughty inevitably produced a rather confused 60 seconds….. but he has been busy.
The other members of the School of Whimsy were on top form today. Nick Cooke doesn’t just do structural Surveys; he was on hand when a car crashed into a house and he came out with a rather “Trump-like” utterance that elderly relatives should be checked regularly regarding their ability to drive. It wasn’t quite clear who should make this check but the implication was a steel beam administered in the right place at the right time should do the trick.
Brian Painter has a salutary tale about a 13 yard girl who he put into a trance but had the good sense to ensure the mother was present when she complained of being effectively levitated our Pilgrim.
Every week I learn something new, this week it was from Jo Eastwood. Stemware really means glasses to us peasants. No wonder Steve Roach, who was sitting next to her, finished talking about Christmas.
Before I sign off on the 60 second round I should report that Mike Rogers, returning from holiday said a lot was happening and looked positively cheerful whilst Paul Booth, likewise returning from holiday at Disney World was constantly reminded of said Mr Rogers because everyone was wearing T Shirts with “grumpy” or some reference to it emblazoned on the front.
Pride of place however this week must go to Dean Caldon. He has completed the launch of his new business, Grace and Rose, having thrown off the shackles of this Redstone Franchise. Congratulations to Dean and best wishes to the future. The reward…… the Oscar.
Terry Maylin, standing in for Scott Griffiths talked of business written so far this month being in excess of £60,300.00 which he reported together with the 23 referrals, very encouraging
In the words of the Plum, the much coveted slot…the 10 minute presentation to you, was delivered by Donna Evans who gave us a full explanation of the extent of what she does and how she does it. Plenty of props gave us an insight into exactly what she can produce and it is hoped that what was an excellent presentation will lead to plenty of further business.
From the figures referred to earlier it follows that we had a successful referrals and testimonials round, all in all, a very effervescent meeting.
With other members back from holiday let’s see if we can get an even bigger turn out next week.
Chairman’s Blog, Thursday 18th August 2016.
Again decimated by holidays it was nonetheless a turnout of 18. Also once again it was a very successful meeting.
I will avoid making sartorial comment this week. Turning up as I did in shorts sporting a knee decoration that looked very much like a rare steak I will simply comment that everybody seemed to be very sensibly and neatly turned out. Having said that I can’t resist pointing out that David Plumley wore a very fetching line in blue socks.
It was our shortened meeting this week and we went straight into the 60 second round.
Matters of note:
Kevin Brooks, Marcelle Saad, Matt Barry and Carmel Jane were back from holiday and looked refreshed and ready to go.
The decimation of our numbers was particularly evident at the Naughty Table that had only 2, namely Dean Caldon and Michael Adelizzi.
The School of Whimsy was depleted by Nick Cooke’s absence and yet, in the absence of such stalwarts we managed just fine.
Jo Jones kicked everything off by talking of massages and observing “everyone’s pain thresholds are different!” This hinted something of a little too exciting perhaps for the older ones of us at this time of the morning.
Richard Reed and Dean Caldon were both pondering a reduced market in certain areas. Dean feels the housing markets downturn is only short haul and Richard Reed was talking about holidays makers preferring short hauls.
Jo Eastwood was still scraping the paint off from under finger nails but managed to show us on her tablet her new venture which contained “a beer cave”. This is the alcoholic equivalent of the bat cave and she is still looking for her Robin to run the place.
Alan Shaw was still assisting the client who does not know whether he wants a detached house or an extension. He feels the matter had been properly dealt with by a pre application. He didn’t make it clear how the punter decided to proceed…but then, that’s what the School of Whimsy is all about.
If in the Spring you get Tulips from Amsterdam, in the Autumn you have conferences in Amsterdam which is what is currently exercising Matt Barry immediately upon his return from holiday.
I shall feel forever grateful to Brian Painter who last week talked about the adverse of effects of what you inhale when you have a cigarette. I had built my 60 seconds round an alternative, based on the fact that smokers seem to choose death by exploring the advantage of making a Will. I was down to follow him, and sure enough he carried on with the smoking theme, but this time showing a foot with gangrene. This has the makings of a double act.
Donna Evans produced an informative 60 seconds. She produced a tie back that looked like the tail of a racoon and told us of Roman Blinds that could be lowered and raised by remote control (very Essex…her words). I am looking forward to her 10 minutes next week.
David Plumley included among all companies business assets their data, quite rightly pointing out its importance and his function in protecting it. Nick Cooke was the winner of the Oscar last week and in his absence Marcelle awarded the Hollywood accolade to Terry Maylin for explaining how freezing bank accounts can get claimants their money when least expected.
So a really good 60 second round.
Terry Maylin was standing in for Scott Griffiths as meeting secretary and was able to report £41,350.00 worth of business recorded which was a really good effort. Plenty of referrals for such a small turnout and then we went into the presentation.
This allowed Steve Roach on behalf of Phoenix FM to put forward an advertising proposition for the benefit of members. Once he got into his stride he was very positive in advancing the benefits of Phoenix FM for advertising generally and us in particular; the whole process of members agreeing to his proposals was decorously left to an email vote that is being currently administered by Terry Maylin. Steve’s presentation was well received and questioned. Members generally kept their counsel as to how they were going to vote.
May I ask all members, particularly those who did not attend today to look carefully at the proposals that were sent round by Steve in advance of the Meeting and note the email from Terry that gives you access to the voting process. Feel free to raise any further queries that you wish with Steve before making your decision. We are looking to have a full response from all members.
I hope next week that we can at least maintain our numbers and I will try to turn up fully dressed.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Thursday 11th August 2016.
Despite holidays dominating the attendance we had 17 members present and Alan Heggie as a third time visitor looking to join.
The Ed Slot was delivered by David Plumley himself, whose topic was how to structure the 10 minute presentation. A useful reminder to us all of this section of the meeting that is of importance to both the presenter and the members listening.
Matters sartorial were dominated by socks of various colours. Alan Shaw’s were green, David Plumley’s were pink, Scott Griffiths sported socks of an olivy hue but pride of place must go to Nick Cooke who sported red and white hoops. They were quite stunning.
The 60 second round was positively enhanced by the re-emergence of the School of Whimsy. Alan Shaw (of the green socks) told of a head mistress wanting to do something different, which led him on to remind us that he was available for feasibility studies. This was the Alan we have come to know and love almost back to his best. Nick Cooke (of the red and white hoop socks) spoke of a wedding in Coggeshall where his son was the best man and a reception in a barn. Gathered together in one place he realised that there were 5 people all of whom had obtained a mortgage from Mike Rogers, indeed when he though to include himself and his wife that became 7. As with his co-founder, Alan Shaw, he was totally off message. Brian Painter a more recent recruit to said school has been shouldering its burden over recent weeks but this week he was absolved this responsibility and was back to an analysis of what you take into your lungs when you smoke a cigarette. I noted down the following:- carbon dioxide, tar, ammonia, DDT, insecticide and acetone (paint stripper to you).
Prize for the best use of props must go to David Plumley (of the pink socks) who produced a dongle and a coat hanger. It was all to do with Broad Band connections apparently. If Brian Painter offers hypnosis and probably meditation; Terry Maylin was offering dispute resolution through mediation. This reference to mediation arose because of the fact that he had an appointment for amediation immediately after the breakfast meeting. Unusually he was therefore in conciliatory mode.
Rather depressingly Richard Reed was contemplating the Christmas holidays. He suggested a clipper cruise in the Caribbean. Nothing like a bit of alliteration to get one into holiday mode.
Donna Evans recounted 3 new jobs in the pipeline all of which came from referrals within the group which is both a good advertisement for her and a good advertisement for the group.
Pride of place in the 60 second round must go to Mike Rogers who said he was in “happy place”. I have no idea what coloured socks he was wearing but this is an unusual state of mind for our bellman but he did go on to explain why. In addition the fact that he got further free advertising from Nick Cooke should be enough to make anyone happy. So happy was he and so objective in his assessment….. he awarded the Oscar to Nick Cooke, unashamedly, because aforementioned red and white sockster hadmade reference to him on 7 occasions. As I might have mentioned in an earlier Blog, “blow in his ear and he’ll follow you anywhere!!1” Still it has to be said, he was multitasking in awarding the Oscar at the same time as ringing the bell for anyone who transgressed the 60 second rule.
The 10 minute presentation was a Michael Adelizzi special; lots of pictures of bathrooms and a well-presented history of how he started, where he has got to and where he is going in the future.
Don’t forget next week Steve Roach will be giving a presentation relating to radio advertising with EBF in mind and we are adopting the shortened meeting agenda that will give him 20 minutes to talk to you and receive questions.
Also may I ask all of you who are not going to be on holiday to use your very best endeavours to attend next week to keep up numbers.
Until next week.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Thursday 4th August 2016.
Another holiday affected meeting which benefited from being held in the small room behind the restaurant which, through its reduced accommodation, provided an intimacy and intensity that led to very effective and amusing meeting.
There were 17 members in all and 2 visitors Alan Heggie, a chauffeur who have visited us before and Darryl Morgan who is a Health and Safety Consultant.
The Ed Slot was delivered by Brian Painter who emphasised the importance of first impressions.
On matters sartorial and of first impressions, Brian of course was his usual dapper self although not wearing the full white hunter suit which however had not been abandoned by Alan Shaw.
From the sublime to the ridiculous saw Paul Booth in a full clowns suit (it is apparently annual clowns day). The absence of porridge in our breakfast buffet selection mean there was nothing that could really be poured down the front of his trousers but it’s nice to see someone making the effort.
Paul Booth was not the only one of the Naughty Cornerers who was dressing differently. Howard Bullock sported a red checked shirt that in all respects resembled a table cloth with buttons and this was nicely set off by Alan Shaw’s red socks, which despite the camouflage of his white hunter suit would have scared off any self-respecting animal. David Plumley was sartorial elegance itself with a light weight pale blue stripped jacket, a white belt to his trousers that set off the whole ensemble.
Scott Griffiths won the Performance League for July by a healthy margin. Our calligrapher can be congratulated on having the necessary certificate available at the meeting when his victory was announced…..congratulations Scott.
The 60 second round was substantially on message and frankly has given me very little scope to make comment.
Alan Moller in anticipation of his up coming holiday is looking for “1 day stands” only.
Donna Evans produced a small book of wall paper patterns, much more manageable…I have seen the future!
Nick Cook managed to make a retaining wall sound sexy and Richard Reed attempted to entice us all with unmissable offers.
Michael Adelizzi was talking wet rooms and shower rooms. Indeed he was talking of converting bedrooms into wet rooms…ideal for the incontinent.
The red table cloth accompanied by Howard Bullock arose from his position of head of table in the Naughty Corner but any excitement ended there, he simply talked about pensions.
Steve Roach talked of a “bogoff” for 6 months contacts i.e. a years’ worth of advertising for the price of 6 months. Should not be missed.
Alan Shaw was the last of the School of Whimsy to stand up and he was on message. He described how, unusually, as an architect, he was doing drawings…disappointing.
Paul Booth even had a red nose to go with his clowns outfit, his theme was clowns…those who pretend to be accountants without the qualifications, but underneath I could see that he was sad. All clowns are sad. As a child I had an aversion to clowns. If I could have got close enough to him I would have lumped him. I think I need a session with Brian.
Pride of place with the Oscar was with Mike Rogers. Basically his theme was his own ability to attract back clients who his first and only meeting had been several years previously. 2005 apparently is the record. He was of course telling us something we already knew but any man who brings his own trumpet to the party and plays it deserves some sort of recognition.
We were in good hands with the 10 minute presentation which always helps when we are looking to attract visitors to join. Jill Willis gave a very clear and well-presented explanation of who she is and what she does. She was relaxed in her presentation and made us all wonder why we had not made more use of her skills for ourselves as well as referring her to others.
The referrals and testimonial round was solid. There were as many referrals and there were members which is always a minimum average we should look to achieve. Of course the other week when we had 25 members present this amounted to 25 referrals. This week it was 17. The equation is very basic so let keep attracting visitors and converting them to members.
Congratulations to everybody in producing an excellent meeting without the big numbers present. Once again could all of those not on holiday make the effort to get to next week’s meeting.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 28th July 2016.
This week we were hit by holidays. 7 Members absent through holidays which coupled with one or two business demands left us with 14 members present but our numbers boosted to 17 by Aaron Noakes and Ed Blackburn from H&G Recruitment Solutions and Sophie Kohl a party organiser. This coupled with the absence of a 10 minute speaker available meant that the prospects of a good effective meeting were in the balance.
I need not have feared, the quality of our members at our Breakfast Meeting is such that we enjoyed a lively positive and very effective meeting.
David Plumley set the tone with a flip chart presentation of the values and the virtues of consistency, both in business and in being a member of EBF. A call to arms for quality and care in our business and EBF dealings brought up an interesting snippet. If you have a bad habit and change it and adopt that change for 30 days that change has now become a habit. I cannot help but feel that this epithet can perhaps be likened to the 10 second rule. What is the 10 second rule you ask? Well it is to assist overworked mothers whose children drop the food they are eating on the floor. Provided you pick it up within 10 seconds…no problem! This,as a particularly important rule to live by, was adequately demonstrated by myself when I dropped one of my sausages; 2 seconds later it was back on my plate and being consumed…job done.
With such an inspiring education slot what of the 60 second round. The Naughty Corner was on really good form despite the absence of anarchist in chief Howard Bullock.
Mike Rogers said that mortgage rates were dropping, in some circumstances down to 1.3%…jaw dropping! He can also organise a 10 year fixed term at 2.3%. The good news is you can also have as mortgage term that anticipates repayment up to the age of 80. How far anyone with savings could regard any of this as good news defeats me. Stuart Smallcombe, fellow Naughty Cornerer, produced an extended metaphor to illustrate the use of a router. He likened it to a fat man behind a desk in a taxi business directing cars to pick up fares and also showing the door to drunken punters.
Although Alan Shaw’s message was on song, the whimsy showed through with his description of the jobs that he has been doing. Changing a house in to two semis, converting a garage into a house and getting involved in a rather elaborate workshop at the bottom of a garden. Somewhere at the bottom of the garden there are the fairies to contend with but we will leave that for another day.
Fellow professor of the School of Whimsy, Brian Painter told of a man with tick which was more of a slinging back of the head from a man who has been struck by a football years and years ago. He was still feeling and reacting to the football hitting him on the side of the head. The impression that Brian gave made me think he was going to provide inspiration for this jerking of the head to the oft maligned and much remembered comedian Jack Douglas… whah heh !!
Stimulated by Stuart Smallcombe’s metaphor, Paul Booth declared that he had some new clients which included a taxi driver. Entertainingly David Plumley was explaining about terabytes but it fell to me to warn everybody not to keep them in a bath where they can grow in size and be totally unmanageable.
Whatever was uplifting about the 60 second round, and it was, Peter Hood’s farewell saddened us all but we wish him well and with all the various jobs that he is doing for various of the members we will no doubt continue to see him for some time in the future. Sorry to see you go Peter.
So what of the Oscar, Michael Adelizzi was awarding and David Plumley receiving. The reason was base, he was offering something free; although after my warning I did not know how many people wanted terabytes.
Scott’s Meeting Secretaries’ Report amongst other things mentioned the Education Materials that are now being rolled out. Please read them and feel free to add your comments at the appropriate place. Something a little more on message than Naughty Corners Stuart Smallcombe’s “like your beard” comment.
One of the absentees was due to deliver the 10 minute presentation this week so it was replaced with a Q & A. Although this is a well tried fall-back position it always seems to work well and today was no exception. Lots of questions….. we had to cut them short as the meeting approached its close.
Now that it is holiday time it is important that those of us who are not holiday make every effort to attend. Please also remember Scott’s request that he and I are notified this week of your holiday plans over the next 6 weeks so that we can have an idea of numbers for the meetings.
All in all an excellent morning meeting and I look forward to next week.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Thursday 21st July 2016.
A slightly cooler morning than yesterday’s scorcher brought out members in plenty. 24 in attendance and 1 second time visitor Paul Durrant.
Whenever the meeting has 22-25 people there is a buzz that is missing otherwise. It also brought out the usual summertime sartorial successes. There were shorts a plenty. Main protagonists for the battle for the classiest shorts were Richard Reed, Steve Roach, Scott Griffiths and Howard Bullock. Although Howard Bullock is a practised bare legger, pride of place must go to Scott with a rather nicely tailored checked pair. I was proud to sit next to him.
Opening act of the meeting following breakfast was to award Alan Shaw his certificate for winning the Good Egg Award. He almost did not get up to the front because he was collecting up plates. His willingness to turn his hands to scullery duties is one of the reasons he was such a popular winner. He was not wearing shorts. He was wearing what has now become his customary white hunter outfit. Last week’s other white hunters were missing but Jill Willis ought to be very careful with her leopard skin attire. If ever Alan Shaw was to turn up with a 12 bore to illustrate as prop she should run for cover.
Jill Willis, safe for the moment, presented the Ed Slot and emphasised the importance of member testimonials and how these can used to good effect. She also suggested that the first Thursday of September be Testimonial day and we review testimonials we could have made and make them available on that day for all the various members who have done a good job for us or our contacts over the previous months. I suggest you all start looking things out now.
There were 1 or 2 props floating around during the 60 second round. David Plumley produced a Naz which could store 4 hard drives. From a sartorial point of view he should be complimented on his pouch worn with rust coloured trousers. Jo Eastwood produced crisps for all of us which, once you had salted them were really nice. I am not sure that was the point but never mind.
What of the School of Whimsy this week.
Alan Shaw was on message but had some curious projects; houses at Chanells Golf Club, a beauty Parlour, the garage I told you about last week that is to be converted into a house and problems he has had with a room in a roof. He cautioned patience, which is what you really needed to take in the various bits of information that he was throwing out as us. He was not helped by the air conditioning unit that was making us pleasantly cool but creating a steady noise that we had to shout above.
Nick Cooke continued his series of breaking down what he does. Last week he referred to steel beams….. yes that’s right, not to stealing beams but steel beams. Well this week, whilst such steel beams can form an essential part of structural repairs and he reminded us that he administers structural repair contracts. If you do not think this is very uplifting, then his partner in Whimsy,Brian Painter had a sad tale of a lady who came to see him with her mother and managed to smile twice and laugh once. Apparently this was unusual, so unusual that she told her psychiatrist about it and he told her to have nothing to do with hypnotherapists including our Pilgrim. The one thing that Brian can do is make you laugh and smile and more than once or twice… …very strange!
The Naughty Corner did not live up to its reputation. Stuart Smallcombe was very on message, he outlined the 3 basic parts to what he can supply: 1. Telephone Lines to the building, 2. Cabling to the specific locations in the building, 3. Telephones.
Howard Bullock was not much better. He was helping a client with early retirement to generate further income. He was looking for anyone who has had an unexpected windfall. Oh yes I forgot to mention, his client was a fireman taking early retirement. I assume that this was with a bad back which is how most of the firemen that I have known over the years have come to retire early.
Things brightened up a bit when Michael Adelizzi told about his team that worked on installing bathrooms. He reeled off the names and people and who worked with who. As there were 5, there was one poor guy, I think his name was Lee, who worked on his own. He was awarded the Oscar in recognition of the slickness of the roll call that he presented in describing the various members of the team.
No 60 second round would be complete without Richard Reed who is producing good a quality cruise over both Christmas and New Year. The problem with going on a cruise for Christmas is that although you are getting away from friends and family you finish up having to celebrate Christmas with people you do not know, a lot of whom will be geriatric and the rest will have personal problems that make them want to escape from the Country over Christmas or New Year. Don’t let me put you off however. His 3 City stay in Italy at less than £500.00 per head sounds well worth looking at.
Our 10 minute presentation was slightly different this week. David Plumley helped advance recruitment by handing out leaflets that he had collected of various trades and businesses looking for clients and customers. Let’s see if we can follow these up, send out some electronic invites and entice various unsuspecting business owners through our doors. As he handed out the leaflets he talked about “pump primers” ….the idea is you might have to suck or blow to get something going. I think it was a metaphor or some sort but I have to say it left me more puzzled than primed.
We then had a referrals and testimonials round when 25 referrals were passed. This was only 1 referral per member but it just go to show how the more of us there are the more opportunities there are for referrals and business wthout any exceptional effort by any one individual.
Finally, as I mentioned earlier in this Blog, our Pilgrim can make you laugh and certainly make you smile. He has in his guise as social secretary something interesting lined up for us all that involves rooms somewhere in Southend. Keep your eye open for his email which will no doubt make it clearer.
I look forward to seeing you all next week.