Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 19th January 2017.
Back on track with numbers, 22 Members and 1 visitor Dimi Bakalov who makes “stairways to heaven”. We hope he will return next week.
Kim Redwood-Lee delivered the Education Slot and pointed out some of the not so obvious benefits from being a member of the group which includes; making friends, practising public speaking and having a network of people available for guidance through our email network. She prefaced her presentation by stating that she could see us all. In theory that meant we could see her, but perhaps that did not automatically follow.Nonetheless it was a useful reminder to us of all the benefits of EBF.
So the 60 second round.
Marcelle opened the proceedings by describing certain trends in engagement rings. Apparently Rose Gold is “in”. This was confirmed later by Donna Evans who is finding Rose Gold as the colour that she is coming across in conjunction with her curtains.
Richard Reed regaled us with new trends in Safaris; land rovers with a sleeping compartment on the roof. What he described sounded like the old wagon trains forming a circle and everyone sitting round the camp fire. No mention however of shooting your prey before roasting it over the open fire.
No one was in Whimsical mood this week but Brian Painter started out what could be a serialised commentary on one of his clients who binges and purges but only at home, not when on holiday or with friends. So Brian is looking to make the connection with her home. A positive suggestion might be that she goes out and makes lots of friends and goes on holiday with them, which would probably please Richard Reed. I look forward to this story unfolding before our very eyes.
Jo Eastwood, back from illness, has obviously not had her enthusiasm dampened by her recent state of health. Anticipating a dry January she produced various beverages all which were dry including Sherry, Chablis and Gin.
Acronyms bordering on the indecent came from David Plumley, PISS and Alan Moller, POOPS. As I can no longer remember what either of them stands for it seems slightly gratuitous mentioning them but hey ho….
Paul Booth managed to combine posture support with sartorial interest. He was wearing, what those of us who are avid followers of the Bond movies would describe as, double shoulder holsters. No firearms were evident and certainly when he stood up he kept his shoulders back. Maybe he can introduce something akin to Howard Bullocks bare legathon.
Steve Roach was very upbeat claiming global domination for Phoenix FM. They apparently have broken into America through their West Ham United show and there is now boxing on the horizon.
After all of these offerings pride of place went to Mike Rogers who probably deserved it simply for saying that he had good news. He then went on to relate this good news by illustrating the reductions that are currently being offered by lenders with fixed rate products. It has to be acknowledged that he was cheerful.
The 10 minute presentation was Tina Walker’s turn this week. She projected her details onto a screen that looked distinctly “wavy” and in tune with the beams that are found in the meeting room at Mary Green Manor. She presented herself well and with a good sized audience hopefully referrals will flow.
The referrals round was lively as was the whole meeting. Typical of us as a group when we are there in sufficient numbers.
Let’s look forward to even better attendance next week.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 12th December 2017.
Back in the full swing of things there was a good turnout, 23 Members and 2 visitors Len Maylin and former Billericay member Ian Stanley. Ian is threatening to return and join up.
David Plumley delivered the Ed Slot and focused on the 60 second round and our presentations. Amongst many suggestions the ultimate advice is that you should prepare your 60 seconds so that you do not mumble, stumble or otherwise bumble.
Scott Griffiths announced the winner of the Performance League for last month to be Paul Booth and he was duly presented with his certificate, well done Paul.
With David Plumley’s encouragement ringing in our ears we set about the 60 second round.
Jo Jones, the current holder of the Oscar was presiding. In her 60 seconds she came up with a remarkable proposition, namely that a 40 year old client of hers lost weight as a result of being encouraged by Jo to exercise less. That is the sort of message that will encourage punters from far and near.
I would like to think that the members of the School of Whimsy had resolved this New Year to deliver more and ever increasing whimsy. It would appear that I might well be disappointed. Alan Shaw had been the subject of envy of one punter who thought that he did nothing more than sit in his office and draw pretty pictures. This was a promising start but then he went on to describe to us what he could do for people who wished to convert their buildings and suddenly he was on message. Likewise Brian Painter toned things down. He is looking for smokers who are trying to maintain their New Year’s resolution about giving up smoking. He got his message over simply without giving us the gory details of the sort of damage that smoking does to the body. After what had been a very satisfying breakfast his approach was very much appreciated. Nick Cooke on the other hand started talking about little cracks. Little old ladies seem to value his services and this one had produced a nice testimonial for him after he calmed her fears that cracks did not amount to subsidence. All together far too focused. It might well be that David Plumley’s message in the Ed Slot had got through. I hope not.
Michael Adelizzi, he of the House of Thrones, was singing the praises of porcelain tiles that, because they were not porous, were less likely to stain. The porcelain tile imitates marble and can even be changed to look like wood. What will they think of next…
Pride of place must go to Kevin Brooks who is currently into props. This week he produced a fantastic machine that was used for taking levels and looked like R2D2. Kevin spent the bulk of the 60 seconds giving said android looking creature a good cuddle. This presumably helps it get its lines level and straight.
Although he did not produce any props Matt Barry is doing a job for clients that will involve animating different creatures including a ladybird and gecko moonwalking. Some people just have more exciting lives…
Howard Bullock, he of the Naughty Corner, went all posh on us. His advice has to take into account geo political events. Trump that if you can.
Pride of place however and the award of the Oscar went to Alan Moller. He went through all the things he could have talked about wasn’t going to talk about, and then asked us to look out for lighting show rooms for him, well done Alan.
The Meeting Secretary’s Report was stunning. 28 referrals this week and initially £51,750.00 worth of business written but then Kevin Brooks waded in with a further £150,000.00;….“may the force be with you” Kevin!
The 10 minute presentation this week fell to Nick Cooke who persisted with the theme of cracks. He also put up on the screen photographs to exhibit said cracks. The sinking of a house in the middle of a terrace was the most impressive. All in all the presentation was impressive. Nick is a long time member who we can all with confidence refer so let’s hope we can find some referrals for him arising from his presentation.
Based on the figures referred to earlier, given to us by Scott Griffiths, it was a good referrals round and as usual, the meeting always has a buzz when our numbers are up. Let’s keep up the good work and lets have a good turnout next week.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog 5th January 2017.
New Year’s hangovers and Christmas germs having been picked up from relatives rendered our first meeting of the New Year a little light on personnel.
There were 16 of us in attendance and we kicked off with an Ed Slot from Jill Willis. Her themes were that New Year’s Resolutions were effectively negative, they were highlighting problems or things that have not hitherto been achieved. She advocated a positive approach, a “summer time state of mind”; seeing problems in good time, taking steps to address them and then moving forward must be the theme for the New Year. All of this grown up information was illustrated from a book that is aimed at 7 year olds upwards…..to 74 if you want. A very interesting start to the New Year.
In the main, the 60 second round that followed represented an opportunity of members to remind us all in general terms of what they do.
One or two revelations emerged from this generality. Michael Adelizzi for example is looking to have shop sales and there are lots of good deals wo be found in the House of Thrones.
Kevin Brooks showed a typical chunk of insulation that now must be standard to all new buildings. At about £45 per square metre it doesn’t come cheap.
Jo Jones stimulated us all by asking which of us were intending to “try” and get fit or eat less etc. She is not interested in us folks. She quite rightly pointed out that “trying” was not enough; we either wanted to do it or we didn’t and if you are only trying you didn’t really have the stomach for the fight. This quite rightly won her the Oscar. She was followed by Alan Shaw who told of a ransom strip that was preventing further development by one of his clients and that he was going to “try” to negotiate a deal with the developer who owns said ransom strip. This was not apparently a New Year’s resolution.
On the day when many were off sick David Plumley talked anti-virus tools and recommended ESET. This should be taken in tablet form over the internet.
For those of us who are avid followers of Brian Painter’s clients problems, we had a follow up to the lady who needed two new knees but had hitherto refused treatment because she picked her shins No doubt our Pilgrim pointed out you can’t choose your relatives so why should you be able to choose you shins. Apparently she had been 10 days “pick” free.
Nothing further exciting really emerged from this particular batch of 60 second renditions.
Good news however so far as business done was concerned as reported by Terry Maylin who was standing in for Scott Griffiths. £85,000.00 was recorded for the 3 meetings in December and this week, despite our low footfall £22,500.00 was recorded. A good steady start to the month.
The 10 minute presentation fell to Nikhil Shah. He managed to successfully fight technology with the assistance of David Plumley and produced a photographic show of his premises and staff and them some “before and afters” of people who had been severely dentally challenged. He also explained how we could refer to him. All in all it was a good introduction, well presented, that will give us all an opportunity of finding him referrals.
It can only be described a steady start to the New Year and other members would have benefited to listening to Nikhil’s 10 minutes.
Lets look for a proper turn out next week.
Chairman’s Business networking Blog, Thursday 15th December 2016.
At this last meeting of the year we had an altered format to enable us to try and cope with the Brian Painter Experience.
23 Members turned up, all bright eyed and bushy tailed, sporting festive pullies of various sorts. There were even that ones that flashed all time, helping demonstrate that the Christmas Spirit was alive and well and living in Brentwood, at least between the hours of 6.15 am and 8. 45 am.
Howard Bullock gave us an update on the state of health, both physical and mental of his much dispossessed hound Obi; the waves of sympathy were palpable, at least from the blokes!
In David Plumley’s absence the Education Slot was dispensed with and we went straight into the 60 second round.
Marcelle Saad showed an eye wateringly expensive diamond but even that could not cheer Donna Evans up. She was a bit Bah Humbug over the whole thing, Christmas that is, but things started warming up when Steve Roach told of a couple of charity live music events for the New Year. Both of these seem to involve “a sit down curry” In my view its only worth eating if it makes you sit down.
Most people were looking to wind down. Not only was this true for Dean Caldon but also for Kevin Brooks, Alan Shaw and Scott Griffiths. Terry Maylin however intends chasing the bad guys up to the last minute.
The School of Whimsy has been true to its nature to the last. Not only was Alan Shaw trying to wind down but the whole 60 seconds wound down and away. Brian Painter has an elderly lady client who is scratching her knees and ankles which apparently is a reaction to her recent divorce. Nick Cooke was resplendent with a new trim. Apparently the beard remained unpruned but he certainly looked neat and tidy and could not really be accused of looking like Saint Nick.
Two people produced poems. The Bard of Hadleigh of course is driven in this regard but Kim Redwood-Lee chipped in with an offering of her own. As she was awarding the Oscar however, it was not Kevin Radford’s poem that really caught her eye but Mike Rogers who produced a singing Santa who performed the whole of Mike’s 60 seconds. Mike might find it helpful if he produced said Santa every week.
So with many best wishes being offered for Christmas and the New Year we moved almost straight from the 60 second round to the referrals round, thereby clearing the way for Mr Painter and his band of players.
The referrals round however was in reality the highlight of the meeting. 44 referrals were passed by 23 members and £24,600.00 of business was recorded creating over a 3 meeting month just short of the magical £100,000.00 worth of business recorded.
On the back of these figures we will ride into the New Year, but not before our Pilgrim had produced the live entertainment.
His warm up act was Paul Booth who told a few jokes, did a question and answer session with Mr Painter and then we were into the Quiz.
As usual the Quiz was 20 irritating questions whose answers including a hare, little Jack Horner, the number 9 and burping. I believe Tina got 12 right and won the prize, a great effort. The final act performed by Painter and his gang was the Secret Santa present distribution.
Donations for SNAP totalled £185.00 gathered from the meeting which was a tribute to Richard Reed’s tenacity in liaising between EBF and the Charity.
The final EBF act of the year will be the dinner on Friday night at Ask in Billericay High Street, starting at 7pm.
Our next meeting will be our first meeting of January when I hope we pick up where we left off on our regularity of attendance.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 8th December 2016.
22 Members present and one guest witnessed at least two unusual aspects to this week’s meeting.
Both which posed certain difficulties for your chairman at the very beginning of the meeting.
Our guest was from Thurrock Council, there to give us a talk on the grants available in relation to Low Carbon Efficiency. That in itself was not a problem but with the name of Marialena Papadopoulou-Kipou created certain tongue and brain issues that early in the day; I stuck to plain “Marialena”.
Having surmounted this obstacle so early in the day I was confronted with another very different issue. Howard Bullock managed to come up with one of the best excuses for non-attendance for some time. He had to arrange for his dog Obi to be taken to the vets to be castrated. I have to congratulate all members on their restraint and propriety. Apart from the odd snigger everyone managed to avoid the more obvious quips. The words “ ’Cos it can…” did not pass anyone’s lips and any superlatives did not refer to any organ or organs of a dog’. Our sympathy must go out to this particular hound who can presumably now be known as Obi Non Kanobi. Well done everybody.
David Plumley finished the last of his four part thriller on attendance. It was a bit like Game of Thrones without the sex, violence or intrigue. His message in these Education Slots has been to the effect that you only get good value from your membership if you attend the breakfast meetings on a regular basis and indeed attending Synergy Team Meetings doesn’t hurt.
Scott Griffiths was presented with his certificate for winning the Performance League last month and this month’s is currently being led by Kevin Radford.
The 60 second round revealed that an awful lot of us are in a hectic, if not to say frantic state in the run up to Christmas. Michael Adelizzi certainly was. He did however offer up a remedy for boredom over the Christmas break. Get into your bathroom and get into some remedial work. The master of the House of Thrones has a whole range of products that you can buy to tide you over the Christmas to New Year period. Paul Booth was similarly on message. When the conversation flags over the Christmas dinner table you can always ask probing questions like, “who is your accountant” and “do you want to maximise tax savings”. Alan Moller likewise is booked up to Christmas and is therefore not looking for jobs until the New Year. By contrast Jill Willis advised that we should all wind down between Christmas and New Year and think of planning the strategies for our business for the year to come; and whilst we are talking about the New Year, Jo Jones has a voucher scheme to encourage people to exercise more. Kevin Brooks is trying to finish various jobs by Christmas and is looking forward to a rest. It must be at least 4 or 5 weeks since he had his last holiday so he had the sympathy of the meeting.
The School of Whimsy was on top form this week. Alan Shaw is obviously feeling the strain of the run up to Christmas. He started off talking about a planning appeal to extend a development from 32 to 39 flats and then mumbled into oblivion. Nick Cooke by contrast started off in very lively fashion. His topic was “crack damage” which is not as might appear at first sight, adverse effect from drug use. He had in fact produced a report for a lady to re-assure her that crack damage was not serious in her property. She was apparently “thrilled skinny”.
After Nick’s contribution Brian Painter kept up the Whimsy by talking about a plump bird. This apparently was the culinary desire of one of his subjects who hitherto had been limited to burgers, sausages and potatoes. Turkey would stick in his throat. Seems a perfectly reasonable diet to me but our Pilgrim is trying to cure him of it and have him extend his range of food stuffs.
The Naughty Table was definitely depleted this week. Howard Bullocks absence with his award winning canine excuse was not present to lend his usual disruption through his mere anarchic presence. Stuart Smallcombe however took up the challenge. He is involved with a green power station in Mucking, something to do with underground fibres that need to have a full medical. The juxta position of Mucking and Fibre is enough to drive Mrs Malaprop to distraction.
Honorary School of Whimsy contributor of the week was David Plumley; he talked about an anti-virus called Windows Defender which apparently looked like a chocolate tea pot. I think this particular part of his 60 seconds shows he has not fully recovered from the Finance Synergy Team’s Dinner when he tried to ensure that everyone sitting round the table took wine with him…on to their laps.
One way or another it was a great 60 second round
Not to be outdone the referrals section produced 23 referrals and recorded business of £59,200.00.
Back to this week’s presentation by the aforementioned Marialena Papadopoulou-Kipou. She gave a presentation that was both clear and useful. Although some of the members will not be able to take advantage of the grant system she explained about, there were several who were interested. It is always nice to have an interesting presentation from a guest to remind us that there is some benefit from getting outside speakers to attend out meetings every quarter or so. I will be getting further information from her which I will pass on to you all.
As the meeting drew to a close the shadow of Brian Painter fell over us. Next week will be his extravaganza. May I remind you not to forget the following:
- Christmas Pully
- Secret Santa gift
- Your forbearance as far as the inevitable quiz is concerned. Remember this is the quiz where we tend to argue more about the questions than the answers.
I hope we can have full turn out and ask you all to gird up your loins for next Thursdays Meeting.
For those wishing to download the presentation from yesterdays meeting, please use the link below:
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 1st December 2016.
23 Members present and a very cold morning.
The Education Slot was taken by Terry Maylin, his talk was very much focused on channels of communication. The meeting is for the benefit of the members and he explained the importance of airing issues; in particular if a member feels that another member has not performed well. The first reaction must be to try and resolve it directly. What Terry went on to point out is that there is a committee available through their chairman Richard Reed to receive any concerns that cannot be resolved in this way. He also he announced the appointment of Kevin Radford who will hereafter assume the role of “Human Suggestion Box”. Members are welcome to contact him to pass on any suggestions or concerns about EBF generally and hopefully with any positive suggestions for improvement. The more input from members the better.
As it is the first Thursday of December Scott Griffiths was able to announce the Performance League results for November. He announced himself as the clear winner in a rather embarrassed way. No need for embarrassment Scott, we should all be embarrassed that we are not able to match you and that is the challenge for us as members for the short month of December.
The 60 second round followed and there were lots of good contributions.
Marcelle Saad explained about Tanzanite; not only is it from Tanzania but it is a thousand times rarer than diamonds. This must cast doubt as whether diamonds are in fact a girl’s best friend.
There weren’t too many props used by members but the ones that were used were notable. Nikhil Shah produced a selection of teeth and a brace which he managed to drop on the floor. He adopted his usual procedure when such braces are dropped on the floor, he spat on it and he cleaned it with a handkerchief or did he adopt the 10 second rule, I can’t really remember. Anyway, the various sets of teeth that he produced seemed to assume a grin.
Now Richard Reed has been to Marrakesh!!! Four days of last week he was sampling the attractions of the Souk and also a zip-wire experience. He looked tired.
In the meantime Michael Adelizzi was looking particularly to have shop sales, particularly sanitary ware. His extra sized toilets that are the speciality of the House of Thrones deserve to be viewed and indeed purchased. A great Christmas gift for everyone, not just the incontinent.
As Christmas approaches it is a time of stress for lots of us and Nick Cooke was no exception. The stress in this case however was brought about by an undersized steel beam which the building inspector declared to be the wrong size and the builder who declared that he had not read the plans carefully enough. Although slightly bizarre there was nothing whimsical about his contribution this week but Alan Shaw more than made up for it. He started off by following up Nick Cooke’s offering by continuing with the reference to steel beams. He then moved towards an old client of his whose property had burnt down and who was saddened by having a new development site. He continued in an erratic way that would have more than graced a Ramblers Association.
As we delved into the 60 second round further whimsical wonders, often associated with the Christmas period, emerged. Stuart Smallcombe talked of “number portability”. Apparently you can sit in Brentwood with both a foreign and a London number ringing on your desk, wondrous. This former occupant of the Naughty Table who had moved for this week, sort of out Whimsyed the Whimsy’s. Brian Painter produced nothing Whimsical at all. He stuck with smokers, cancer and death.
Scott Griffiths spoke of E-Cards for Christmas. It was getting all too festive. Jill Willis went one stage further, she talked New Year’s resolutions including aims and objectives by business owners to be considered and made clear.
Terry Maylin maintained the Christmas Spirit by explaining how it can be a busy time for us employment lawyers as employers try to shed staff before Christmas to avoid paying the Christmas or New Year bonus.
Howard Bullock declared himself “eye candy” as well as a careful IFA. I think we should all consider what particular type of candy we consider Howard Bullock to be. Is it a gob stopper or a sherbet lemon, your suggestions in the comments section of this Blog please.
After Nikhil Shah, the other member who produced props was Jo Eastwood. Hers were tempting alcoholic gifts for all of us to consider for our loved ones. Her Christmassy message with these supporting props earnt her the Oscar.
So at the end of the 60 second round we had the Meeting Secretary’s Report. He was able to confirm £11,250.00 worth of business recorded and 26 referrals which is excellent and which led to an excellent referrals and testimonials round. However before the referrals round our ten minute speaker, who managed to get prepared and up to speed in a couple of days, none other than our Pilgrim entertained who duly regaled us… and indeed felt he was doing so well that if it was worth taking 10 minutes to address us, he might as well take 20 minutes.
His theme was Past Life Regression. He made the interesting assertion that in some parts of the world birth marks are the sign of a violent death in a previous life and that young children were able to demonstrate this most readily. Presumably because they are closer to having been being born and therefore closer to the event that caused their demise in a previous life. May I repeat the invitation I previously made in the meeting for you all to fully examine yourselves and own up as to whether you have any birth marks and therefore the potential of an earlier life of someone who suffered a violet death. Also if you happen to have an ideas of what that violent death was, please let us know.
So December has another 2 meetings and we have a lot to look forward to. There is a guest speaker next week who will be addressing us upon the grants open to the SME’s based on carbon saving schemes. Who knows there might be a grant out there for you!!
The following week is the last meeting before Christmas and of course is the Brian Painter experience. Lets have a good turnout for both of these meetings.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 24th November 2016.
What it was a good turnout it is now becoming. An average turnout of 24 Members present.
David Plumley did his third instalment of “the importance of attendance”. His upbeat Ed Slot emphasised not only the benefits of attendance but the long term benefits of being a member of our group. An old photograph from the Brentwood Gazette of 8 years ago shows our group as it then was and apparently there were 11 members in that photograph who are still members of EBF. We must be doing something right!!!
The 60 second round revealed one or two members who are doing interesting if not unusual things.
It started with Matt Barry and his infographics. This means putting over information in a very visual way and his demonstration of this with his lap top gave an impression of the internalwall of a pyramid. Hieroglyphics have been replaced by infographics.
Steve Roach told of approaches he had been making to try and get a Chinese connection for Phoenix FM. As the Chinese are mad on snooker, Ronny O’Sullivan and Steve Davis were an attraction and things seemed to be looking good for our inscrutable member.
Tina Walker was trying to persuade us to get her referrals for doing Christmas shopping. She was perhaps slightly encouraged with this flight of fancy by a promoter that she now works for and a flock of seagulls.
Stuart Smallcombe has been down on the farm where he realised that laying cables to link disparate farm buildings ran certain risks from the inevitable farm yard animals that tend to inhabit farm yards. A “wireless bridge” appeared to be the answer.
Nikhil Shah showed off his talents with a series of photographs, before and after, of a mouth that initially looked hideous but finished up looking so good that when the final photograph was taken, the lucky owner of this transformed mouth managed a really big grin.
Surprising announcement of the round was Terry Maylin, suggesting that he preferred good interactions with his client from a satisfaction point of view to metaphorically giving his opponents a good kicking. Unfortunatly I don’t think anybody believed him.
Today there were not too many sartorial matters worthy of comment but two things struck me. Kevin Brooks is definitely promoting the cardigan. This weeks was slightly thicker than last weeks but it was defenatly a “cardi”
Jill Willis was missing this week. I think she was disappointed at last week’s tweed turn out. It’s fair to say that this week was not much better and therefore, from a garment point of view, she didn’t miss much.
Brian Painter was less harsh on us this week. Although he was railing against smoking, he illustrated the terrible effects of smoking by pointing out that every year we need to replace 150,000 smokers from amongst the population. If our Pilgrim continues enabling people to quit that number is likely to go up.
Downer of the round, but deserving of the Oscar, was Jo Jones. She illustrated with various bags filled with different amounts of sugar how all the nice things that we eat at Christmas are likely to raise our sugar intake sky high, it was a well presented and illustrative 60 seconds.
After the 60 second round the Meeting Secretary’s Report confirmed 24 referrals and in excess of £19,500.00 worth of business recorded. That means for this month we have recorded more than £100.000.00.
We went onwards from the 60 second round to the 10 minute presentation. It was Carmel Jane’s turn and she used her time very effectively and very carefully aimed at instructing us exactly what sort of clientele she wanted particularly with regard to schools. She provided packs to many of the members that illustrated her talents in dealing with schools and their photography needs. I suspect she will get some direct referrals arising from this well presented 10 minutes.
The referrals round that followed Carmel’s presentation showed lots of good business being passed and left us all with a very positive feeling at the end of the meeting.
I look forward to similar attendance next week
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 17th November 2016.
A good turnout, 24 members in all. A vibrant meeting ensued illustrating the importance of good attendance.
The Ed Slot was delivered by Scott Griffiths. His theme was setting goals and targets for our businesses. He used a metaphor comparing archery with darts and whether you aim for the bull or not. You needed to know the layout of a dart board and an archery target to fully appreciate the metaphor but the point was well made.
So to the 60 second round.
Interesting information from Marcelle Saad. The Millennials are the principal purchasers of diamonds in the world. Who are the Millennials? Well apparently they are people born in the eighties and nineties; presumably identified by the wealth of diamonds that they will displaying about their person.
Our learning curve is stretched with Marcelle being followed by Mike Rogers. His simple advice was, if you are a higher tax band earner don’t bother to borrow under a mortgage for a buy to let portfolio.
Things to celebrate; Kevin Brooks is now a well established grandad. He turned up wearing a cardigan but did not have the carpet slippers. I think he is gradually working himself into the role. In the meantime he told of a customer who had the audacity to get as hanging toilet from someoneother than the proprietor of the House of Thrones. Needless to say it all went pear shaped and said hanging toilet has to be stripped out and new one purchased from Michael Adelizzi who had also previously addressed us upon a customer who was “over the moon” with the bathroom he fitted for her. The moral of all of this is…… use Michael Adelizzi.
Disturbing things that occurred in the 60 second round revolved around first of all Jo Jones. She talked about “setting short term health goals” to deal with the seasonal stuffing that we give ourselves at Christmas and then the slow road back to recovery. Her goal seems to be to “make your stomach shrink”. If her message made us feel uncomfortable the second message saw Brian Painter was up to his usual tricks. Have we seen a member of our family or close friend slowly dying. Of course it was about smoking, about fatty acids and the clogging of arteries. The risk of cancer was an afterthought. Definitely the sort of thing you should listen to after you have eaten your breakfast rather than whilst you are eating it. David Plumley was trying the scare us with regard to the performance of our PC’s and finished up with the ultimate oxymoron, “stopping the computer starting”
Howard Bullock talked about DIY Investors and the importance of getting them to see him and stop being DIY investors. His answer to the DIY investors problem is to move them onto a platform. His 60 second just proved how important it was that you concentrate for the whole 60 seconds.
We welcome back our returned member Kevin Radford, AKA The Bard of Hadleigh. He re-established himself in his Bardic role by rattling off a poem that sang the praises of RMK. The comforting thing about Mr Radford’s poetry is that it rhymes.This is not true for some lesser poets.
I feel moved to comfort Richard Reed who demonstrated all of the offers that he sent through to us, none of which had been taken up. Do not lose heard my EBF chum, just keep it coming. It at least lets us know what’s on offer and keeps you to the forefront of our mind for referrals that might not necessary include skiing. I did consider the skiing trip for my mother. It seems to tick most of the boxes, at least the boxes that I perceive.
Jill Willis gave us details of a typical referral. She seemed a little bit down. This is because of the absence of tweed. Dean Caldon maintained his tweedy look but others had deserted what appears to be a sinking ship. Jill puts it down to the warmer weather.
Now here is a challenge for you all. If you all could try and wear something of a tweed like nature for next week you will not only create a fashion statement but will make Jill happy.
It was Steve Roach who won the Oscar by making us all laugh. He apparently jumped into a car to be driven off to a meeting much to the surprise of the owner who had never seen or heard of our Steve. You have got to watch the Phoenix FM team.
A highly entertaining 60 second round was followed by a question and answer session in the absence of our 10 minute speaker. This enforced method of dealing with the 10 minute presentation is always successful and today was no exception. Plenty of questions and informative comments from the members being questioned. It all helps clarify what we have all got on offer.
We moved seamlessly into the referrals round. This week the numbers were exceptional. 27 referrals and in excess of £53,000.00 worth of recorded business. Needless to say Scott Griffiths was overjoyed. We have recorded over £80,000.00 worth of business so far this month with another 2 meetings to go. Well done everybody!!!
So with announcements ringing in our ears that included a reminder from Richard Reed of the Synergy Team Meeting at the George and Dragon at Mountnessing on Monday 21st November 2016 @4.30pm., we all headed off into the bright morning.
Let us keep our attendance up for next week.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 10th November 2016.
A great turnout, 24 members and one visitor, sometime member and soon to be returning member, Kevin Radford aka the Bard of Hadleigh.
This coupled with Tina Walker re-applying to join means we are likely to increase our number to 29 almost immediately with others in prospect.
With this cheerful thought I report that David Plumley kick started things off with the second part on his Ed Slot on attendance. He was redolent with quotations. He titled the talk itself as “the fruits of poor attendance” something of an oxymoron. There followed some rare quotes for our EBF dictionary of quotations. For example, “we all know what we mean by being regular” and my favourite “short termism is always evident”….. this with particular reference to people giving bad excuses for absence. The first but by no means the last euphemism of the meeting.
With his inspiration ringing in our ears we hit the 60 second round with a theme of Mr Trump following his victory of the previous day. Largely merely passing reference was made.
We were pleased to welcome Marcelle Saad back from her sojourn in South Africa. Apparently diamond prices have gone up because of the low pound and the fact they buy diamonds in dollars.
Alan Moller was offering lights with a two year guarantee.
Tears featured prominently in some of our members contributions. Michael Adelizzi, he of the House of Thrones, told of a lady whose bathroom he was fitting out who burst into tears of joy every time something new was added. He has at times performed as if he were a member of the School of Whimsy and in Nick Cooke’s absence he proved a worthy stand in. He did not however rise to the heights of the two whimsies present, namely Alan Shaw and Brian Painter.
Alan Shaw declared “every great tyrant has an architect” and Brian Painter told of a 28 year old lady whose phobia was BB. It transpired that this stood for Belly Button which she was afraid of looking at. All I can say is if she was able to look at her belly button she had a skill that most of us do not possess without the benefit of a mirror.
Jo Eastwood told of a beer tasting from the night before. She reeled off some unlikely names and said it all came from “Beavertown”. It sounds like somewhere in Alaska or a certain type of club rather than a brewery
Steve Roach, who was in attendance and still hung over, made positive reference to the stupendous goings on overnight. Nothing to do with Trump but the England cricket team’s performance of scoring 537 runs in their first innings in India. For those who suffer from insomnia, Test Match Special starts at 3.45am.
Talking of members working together, which we weren’t until the 60 second round, it was both interesting and encouraging to hear how Jill Willis, Matt Barry and Scott Griffiths had collaborated in dealing with a project for one client. It sounded like the ultimate referral.
If Michael Adelizzi and Brian Painter both had lady clients in tears, albeit for different reasons. Donna “Trumped” them all with a lady who for her 80th birthday was having new curtains fitted.
Reminiscences of her former husband had both of them in tears and Donna was subjected to the old lady’s match making with her son who, by Donna’s expression, was more than a rather grubby pimply youth.
An attempt to civilise the Naughty Table by the inclusion of Tina and Marcelle was unsuccessful because the main protagonists, Messrs Bullock, Caldon and Smallcombe were all present and huddled together as co-conspirators.
A very entertaining 60 second round. The highlight was Dean Caldon’s presentation telling of a lady whose house he was selling that had a faulty cesspit; the use of the word Trump becoming a euphemism for its contents. We were subjected to a virtuoso performance and Dean was the worthy winner.
We moved seamlessly to the 10 minute presentation. The first by Alan Heggie, it was very well presented and well timed. He showed us his wonderful car with photographs both inside and outside. He gave us details of his qualification which includes a security clearance that allows him to chauffer into both the House of Lords and to Windsor Castle. I think he said Windsor Castle. It could have been Windsor Great Park. I hope the monkeys didn’t pull off his wing mirrors. If they did however it would not have been a problem; the car comes complete with tissues if you get upset. A very good presentation which is deserving of a few referrals in the next week or so.
And so we came to the Referrals Round. Good numbers again. 24 referrals and over £21,000.00 worth of business recorded.
Jill Willis was positively revelatory about her taste in men, She declared how pleased she was , now that winter was here, to see men wearing Tweed Jackets. Now on the basis that part of the treatment process of said fabric is its immersion in urine I get the idea that she prefers the man who owes his body odour more to sweat and pipe smoke than “Armani pour homme”
It looks like it’s going to be a good month and if our numbers rise at the same time I look forward to many other entertaining meetings.
In particular I look forward to the one next week.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 3rd November 2016.
We welcomed back old friends. David Plumley fresh from his Chilean Experience and Howard Bullock refreshed from a flu ravaged family. Mike Rogers was back after a coup[le of weeks away sporting a pully which gave an impression that he was in his “wrapping up for the onset of Winter” mode. Whether or not absence makes the heart grow fonder, it certainly leads to a more cheerful Mike Rogers. There were only one or two slight flashes of possibly the realisation that he was not adopting his grumpy persona.
David Plumley was not only back, but back in charge of the Education Slot and he had obviously used his Chilean break to think about attendance. He was not talking about absence through sickness or holidays but “shear turn over in bed and let the alarm ring cussedness”. The upshot of what is the first of a “four parter” was that we should all expect regular attendance from our fellow members. It goes to the very heart of our referral based networking ethos.
In the absence of both Nick Cooke and Alan Shaw the School of Whimsy was severely depleted. Brian Painter did his best, telling of a man seeking his services who he described rather colourfully as looking like “a pox doctors clerk”. The most recent recruit Allan Moller did not help his school very much. He simply stated that he was now able to take on more work, although he did ask for an introduction to a 39 year old female thus linking with the mistress in the scenario created by his fellow schooler, our Pilgrim.
By contrast the Naughty Table was well represented. Michael Adelizzi, proprietor of the House of Thrones gave the impression that things were flying off the shelves and anywhere else that he had his bathroom fittings located. Even the mould spray apparently is “moving”, which creates slightly disturbing images in my mind. Dean Caldon warned of various changes in legislation that puts even greater burdens on landlords, including the fact that they must check the right of a tenant to rent. They are being turned into the xenophobic police. Howard Bullock warned of the life time allowance for pensions of one million pounds.
We were pleased to welcome into our ranks this week Nikhil Shah and he talked about a charity event that he was organising. Welcome to the group and the 60 second round Nikhil.
So what brightened up the 60 second round this week??? Terry Maylin had a client in Spain with a property in Liverpool and the expressed belief that everyone north of Watford was a rogue and a vagabond. Particularly those scouse barristers. Mike Rogers’ stylish jumper was a candidate but pride of place for colour and style had to go to Carmel Jane with her bright red wonder woman kit. Her explanation was that she had a tennis lesson immediately afterwards. No explanation need, Carmel, for bringing light into our lives.
What brought light into the Plums life this week, as the awarder of the Oscar, was the fact that Kim Redwood-Lee had started work at a client’s premises at 6 am in order to mitigate a shut down of their systems for a whole day. She was finished by 11 am. I think David Plumley awarded the Oscar to her for no other reason that he could not imagine anybody getting up that early unless they were coming to EBF.
So ended the 60 second round.
Whilst we are talking of Oscar like awards, Tina Walker produced the best apology for absence I have heard in a long time. Apparently someone parked a car across the drop kerb at the entrance to her house so she could not get her car out. They don’t get any better…
Scott Griffiths reported to the group on the Brentwood Business Showcase where the day before several of us manned our stand and had a very successful time getting business cards from prospective members…. watch this space.
The 10 minute presentation had Stuart Smallcombe producing a low tech approach to his subject but it finished up with a music quiz. Before he did so however there were one or two gems “multi-layer telephony” was the first, “a stupid sense of humour” and “the putting of square pegs into round holes”. The theme of his musical quiz was finally discovered by Dean half way through the answers…..telephones. It was highly entertaining as well as informative effort by Stuart. He is certainly a member you can refer with confidence. Let’s see if we can find some referrals for him in the coming week or so.
The referrals round produced 21 referrals and £17,500.00 worth of business acknowledged, a great start for the month.
I will end with a reminder. Next week at Reids Rooms in Billericay at 4.30pm is the Finance Synergy Team’s meeting. At that meeting we will be fixing details of the this Synergy Teams Christmas Party. Be there to take advantage of preferential rates.
Until next week…