17 attended in all including visitors Nige Kirby from the Billericay meeting and Jonathan Woolley who deals with printing and training support. There was a very appropriate Ed Slot delivered by our Education and Development Officer himself. He quoted Wayne Gretski. For those of you not in the know he is an ice hockey player and his utterance was worthy of our Wayne, the footballer called Rooney. The pearl of wisdom was as follows “100% of the shots you don’t take don’t go in”. This entirely appropriate quote must be a reminder to us all that if we do not turn up at meetings we cannot reach our referral goals.
Whilst he was at it, David also suggested that we break up our working day in order to help maintain our mental alertness and concentration. He listed, micro breaks, drinking plenty of water, going outside, having a nap or jumping up and down. He then selected jumping up and down to put us all through our paces. I would have preferred the sleep one but there it is.
By this time in the meeting I tend to be looking for fashion statements or something on the sartorial side that cached my eye. Kevin Brooks can always be relied upon; he was sporting a distinctive green pully. He has been on this job opposite Madame Tussauds a bit too long. Having locked himself in a loo, any other activity that might make him notorious could result in a waxen image in the aforementioned establishment. My vote is that he is cast wearing the green pully. Pride of place however must go to Kim with her vivid mustard yellow dress. Kim will no doubt correct me if I have mis-described the colour. Nonetheless she was a ray of sunshine on as dull and gray morning.
This week one member of the school of whimsy was head and shoulders above the rest. Last week it had been Nike Cooke (in conjunction with Alan Shaw) who presented the 10 minute slot. This week it was Alan Shaw himself but, before embarking upon this event he told of a nightclub that he visited 10 years after he had been involved in its design and building. Apparently it was in a tatty state and he followed this description with a request that that was exactly what he was looking for this week….. nightclubs. I think it was for the purpose of designing the same but if he is looking for an architectural legacy, perhaps this is not a good choice.
Brian Painter was confronted with a hoarder whose behaviour was based upon having toys taken from him when he was a child and given to his mates when they played with them. Needless to say it was his mothers fault on this. Brian’s homily has at least had one profound effect; I view my wife’s wardrobe more with affection than blame.
Now I am going straight over to the 10 minute presentation to which I am becoming inexorably drawn. Alan did not disappoint. First of all there was the strong and rather unnerving impression given that he had mastered technology. He was using the TV screen and as he pressed the appropriate button of his lap top the screen filled with the names of himself and those who work with him and a short resume in relation to each. Underneath there were some rather attractive drawings but underneath does not mean on the screen but on the settee below.
He then launched into his presentation ignoring the information on the screen and indeed the drawings below. It was an insight into the making of the Alan Shaw that we all k now and love. He explained that he had a book on Picasso signed by …here we all held our breath, had he got a book signed by one of the world’s greatest artists, well almost….. in fact Picasso’s daughter but that not too bad.
He has worked for Leman Brothers and the Sultan of Brunei. When a building was not going well the later former employer sacrificed a lamb. Whether this was to appease the gods or send a message to Alan about what might happen to his parts if he didn’t make sure the building went well was not explained.
There was talk of concrete works on the opposite side of a river where he was working that was run by the mafia.
He described Bow Street Magistrates where he had worked as Victorian and Grim.
Until he set up his own business by his own admission he moved around every couple of years. No doubt this was to present a moving target; he auditioned for being involved in building a temple on the river Ganges, fortunately he didn’t get the job. History should have told him what happens to people who build fantastic edifices in India like the Taj Mahal…they get their hands chopped off.
What with the Sultan of Brunei, the Mafia and Hari Krishna, who says than as architect’s life cannot be exciting.
He then went on to speculate that if he had married a friend’s wife he would have been in the Seychelles… leaving us to imagine, what if he had married Princess Anne…. would he have finished up in a palace!!!!!! Now here is a task for you all to add to your comments to this Blog. Please share your fantasy of being married to someone and where you would be now if you did?
Finally when we thought his 10 minutes was about to come to an end he started using the technology. Drawing after drawing appeared on the screen to a mesmerised audience. I got the impression that the odd drawing related to projects that didn’t go forward but by then none of us cared. We were all daydreaming of our hero straddling the world.
At the conclusion of this 10 minutes we were not only breathless but aware that our meeting would be a much poorer gathering without the great man. We now know we can look for referrals for him, not only when we go about a daily work but when we are on holiday particularly if we go to places like Dubai, thank you Alan for brightening up our day.
I am not even going to mention any statistics.
I will simply confine myself to recording the sad news of Marcelle’s husbands passing and that all of our thoughts are with her. We all look forward to when we can welcome her back to the meeting of which she is so much an integral part.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 19th February 2015.
Half Term: low turnout. 15 members in all with 2 visitors to make up numbers to 17; Richard Willis from Suth Comms, a Billericay member and Dave Rogers a Gardener who gave all an insight as to what Mike Rogers might have looked like many years ago. Of course the converse applies, Dave Rogers has an insight of what he might look light many years hence….
Paul Booth, standing in for Scott was able to confirm that Nick Cooke had taken an early lead in the performance league.
The Ed Slot was Kim’s first attempt and she gave an interesting little insight into how your accounts system can be used to produce details of where your work is coming from. A useful tool for developing our businesses;
And so to the 60 second round. It was great to welcome Marcelle back and she used the opportunity of listing the full extent of her services which became something of a trend as the round went on. David Plumley sought to demonstrate that he was a one stop shop for IT matters and Gary Waskett listed the sort of problems that make businesses finish up in the hands of Anthony Batty.
If I had wanted good copy for this Blog from the School of Whimsy I was let down this week. Nick Cooke and Alan Shaw were on message, Nick was dealing with party wall act matters and Alan Shaw listing what he can do and talking about a lodge project. Mike Rogers even produces a list of sorts. On one day he paid to go to Kent and also come back as well as going to Bishops Stortford and Hemel Hempstead.
Kim, having already suggested in the Ed Slot how your accounts can be used to help you manage your business, took it a stage further by emphasising the importance of understanding management accounts etc and making sure your book keepers set you up for this to be available.
Richard Reed was also into lists, various excursions across the globe were costed at reasonable prices, the best being round the world in 16 days. The chance to be Phileas Fogg for as little as £2,900.00.
On a sartorial note, Howard Bullock,who was modelling a green checked table cloth masquerading as a shirt that would have graced any country kitchen table, warned us to use up tax allowances before the end of the financial year which of course is fast approaching.
A question for all of you…… save for the Oscar winner, who won it after Alan Moller had originally indicated that it would otherwise have gone to guest Richard Willis.
During the week Richard Reed’s Synergy Team meeting, Business to Consumer, met with 9 people in attendance. A very successful meeting in relation to which please look for his Blog which will be posted shortly and is hopefully to be regular monthly feature for both Synergy teams;
When we broke for breakfast our thoughts were solely on food. Little did we know at that time the treat that we were in for with the 10 minute presentation?
It was Nick Cooke’s turn and as usual he had taken the trouble to do something different and had scripted a discussion between him as a Structural Engineer and guess who as an Architect.
Both prominent members of the School of Whimsy settled in their seats, our learned architect treated us all to insightful questions regarding Nick’s business. As most of the questions called for a yes/ no or a short answer we heard quite a lot from Alan Shaw giving explain actions as to what Nick did. There was a fair smattering of steel beams, the nature of party wall awards and foundations. The only distraction from the excellent performance by this double act were the socks that Nick was wearing. The red and white hoops strengthened the atmosphere of whimsy in a sort of Alice in Wonderland sort of way. May I ask you all to comment on this Blog by voting for the most sartorial presentation? You have a choice between Howard and his green and white checked shirt and Nick with his red and white hooped socks.
The referrals and testimonials round was a steady round but no referrals matched Neal Lewer’s 60 second presentation that he had an order for 56 radiator covers. If during the meeting I was in any way disparaging of a fellow members product I offer my apologies. By way of penance I will make an extra effort to find people who are indeed looking for such useful additions to the central heating.
And so came to an end of the first meeting of the groups 5th year. When we left we were bathed in sunshine. Let us hope that the sun shines on us for the rest of the year.
This is our fourth anniversary and once again the group has continued to function very effectively as a networking organisation for another year.
We have seen a year when membership has only fluctuated slightly and we are now at 28 members. This is an improvement on this time last year when our number was 26. Our success remains grounded on the fact that of the majority of the founding 19 members that broke away from BNI four years ago 16 still remain.
It has also been a more troubled year for three or four of our members who have suffered illness themselves or their spouses have. We wish them all well for the future and an early return to the meeting. Linked with this it is worthwhile mentioning here that we were treated to the sight of Howard Bullock’s bare legs. His bare legathon endurance test meant that he braved the elements at every meeting that he attended all the way up to Christmas. Why did he do that? Well it was all in aid of cancer research and with contributions from other members including the traditional Movember moustache growers created a charitable donation of £665.50.
Statistics are reflective of a steady year with 838 referrals passed (an average of 17 referrals per meeting) and £640,571 worth of business written which makes the average referral this year worth £764.40.
In the autumn the format of the meeting changed slightly with breakfast being served at 7.45am, just before the 10 minute presentation. This is due to continue through the winter months. This change was brought about by the requirements of our venue and everybody has taken the change in their stride indeed I suspect there are some of us who think it is an improvement, at least as a temporary arrangement.
Paul Booth and Richard Reed have continued to chair these very successful extensions to our meeting. They provide a very useful addition to the groups networking facilities with non-members continuing to attend.
On this our anniversary meeting it is essential we focus on looking forward to the groups requirements over the coming year.
We must aim to increase our numbers substantially. The more members; the more referrals. The more referrals; the more business. I really think it is as simple as that. With this in mind a recruitment drive is to be launched from next week. Brian Painter has agreed to take on the role of Recruitment Coordinator. He will have a weekly slot in the agenda and will be revealing all next week. We want the inviting of guests to be regular and an activity ALL members are involved in on a week to week basis.
On the whole, attendance has been good over the year and Terry Maylin has effectively fulfilled the role of “whipper in”. His telephone call in the middle of the day has become an object of fear to some of us. The fact remains that, although we require a bench mark of 75% attendance; many members have pressure from their business commitments that makes this difficult. Although we should expect, as members, to make the commitment, there is no doubt that some of us find it difficult to achieve much more than 50%. This is another good reason why we should be looking to recruit members and get our numbers up at least to 40. It does mean that if this happens, those who find it hard to hit the 75% mark will not be missed as much.
By way of encouraging interaction with our website in addition to the weekly Blog that reflects on the particular weeks meeting there will be a Blog/Minute of the Synergy Team meetings that will be by way of a report of what happened at each of the monthly meetings.
Kim Redwood-Lee remains our Social Events Coordinator and after tramping around the Sahara earlier this year she is up for the more exacting challenge of arranging social events. I must emphasise the term coordinator. It is not her job to organise all of the events. All members should think about possible social events and organise it through Kim but expect to be involved in the organisation.
In a show of enthusiasm I have volunteered to be involved in two events which we did not have last year but had the year before, namely the spring visit to Hyde Hall and the August Garden party. You will be hearing more of this as the year progresses and hopefully lots of other events. Meeting at social functions with partners just helps increase our understanding of other members and our ability to give effective referrals.
Targets for this year
The main target will be recruitment and building the meeting to a level of at least 40 members. As we are organised at the moment, that is a big ask but I think with the appointment of our Recruitment Coordinator this will involve us all in chasing visitors I think it is perfectly achievable.
Let us also hope for a lot of social events when we can enjoy one another’s company in a different context. Remember, social events come in all shapes and sizes. A meeting between four of us down the pub can be as social as attending a formal function.
A final warning to all of us; we have been and remain a very successful group and at the heart of that is the meeting, its positivity, its friendliness, its banter and that must not….will not change over the coming year.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, 5th February 2015.
Was it the wind chill; was it the promise of snow; was it both of these coupled with it being dark at 5.30am? Whichever, we had a turnout of 18 members, not bad I suppose.
Anyway, it was pleasantly warm at our venue as we drank our coffee and orange juice and did our pre-meeting networking.
It was Peter Hood and Neal Lewer who were there first which was enough to warm the cockles of your heart.
When the meeting got underway Howard Bullock attempted to educate us with a very basic message of “…don’t forget to look after your existing clients!!” Simple messages are often the most effective. I still can’t get used to Howard Bullock in trousers.
I was now very concerned what sort of quality we would have in the 60 second round, such concern being due to the total absence of any of the members of the 60 second School of Whimsy. Alan Shaw, Nick Cooke and Brian Painter were all missing as was the Bard of Hadleigh.
I am relieved to tell you that the second team stepped up to the plate.
Mike Rogers spoke about Japanese Knot Weed. At first I thought he was a describing what the Japanese did…. but it turned out to be a warning of how invasive said plant is and how it’s presence can make your house unmortgagable. Although he described its consequences he did not offer up any suggestion as to how you can prevent it getting into your garden in the first place. Chairman’s suggestion, beware of people carrying plants. If he looked as if he was tiring by the end of his 60 seconds I learnt later it was because of a diet our Bellman is currently observing. His breakfast consisted of 1 egg on half a piece of toast. Diets normally make me feel grumpy; I shudder to think what this diet will do to the Old Curmudgeon, he needs our support.
Kevin Brooks is leaving off the water tablets as he continues his job opposite Madame Tussauds. He is no longer uses his all purpose van for relief. Instead he uses the local McDonalds,…Oh and yes, you have to have a Big Mac if you are going to use the toilets. You can’t just walk in there, only paying customers!
Stewart Smallcombe entertained us with a description what can be done with your telephone whilst clients and customers are on hold. Either bleeps or music can be very irritating; his recommendation is a bespoke message commercially produced outlining your range of services. You could see the look of disbelief on everyone’s face when he indicated that this was not an expensive process. Pressed to provide a much more precise answer he responded, “…it’s just a fraction of the cost that you think it might be”. There are salesmen better than most of us who would kill for that sort of insight.
Peter Hood has had an interesting week so far. What was most interesting was his Monday where he was dealing with a silicon replacement which I rather stupidly thought had something to do with breast implants. Why is it that everybody else’s job seems more interesting.
Terry Maylin was awarding the Oscar and he took pity on Kim Redwood-Lee, who described herself as a positive person but then listed the disasters that had befallen her so far this week. I think Terry thought he ought to be the person that had turned round her luck for this week and awarded her the coveted statue.
With information about next weeks anniversary meeting from Scott in his role as meeting secretary we moved to breakfast. Most people ate heartily even though Mr Rogers was confined to the aforementioned egg.
It was Terry Maylin’s turn for the 10 minute presentation. Fortunately the breakfast did enable him to build his strength after the multi tasking he exhibited in adjudicating of the Oscar. He produced a very polished explanation of the TM Law set up which was not only easy for everyone to digest but I can confirm that it was accurate. Most people have used Terry’s services and therefore in the referrals and testimonials round were able to confirm his expertise and the reason to keep making referrals him. In addition, the referrals and testimonials round produced £16,150.00 worth of business written with 14 referrals. Pride of place went to Howard, I counted 6 referrals…. and he still didn’t win the speakers prize, whose privilege was Steward Smallcombe’s. He received a bottle of wine which hopefully was not a fraction of the cost that you think it might be.
I end with a call to arms. It is our anniversary meeting next week. Be there, it is like the Oscars and Baftas all rolled into one and if visitors turn up so much the better.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 29th January 2015.
19 members and 2 visitors Sarah and Geoff from a marketing company.
The Ed Slot was a David Plumley special. Do you remember a bloke called Demming? Shame on you if you don’t, he is the man who rebuilt Japan, and in relation to matters of business he has enunciated 7 deadly diseases. David Plumley regaled us with 2 of them. One was lack of consistency of purpose, the importance of maintaining momentum in your business. The other was a warning against short term-ism in your business which prevents successful long term planning and losing potential to loyal customers.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Tuesday 27th January 2015.
9 member’s present and 1 guest, Danny, a stationer invited by Christine Arnold.
It was with bated breath end with upturned eyes that we gazed at Hugo Heij as he rose to his feet about to deliver the final episode of DEBRA O upside-down. Nothing to do with Dr. Deb but about being either proactive or reactive in business; last week it was reactive; this week it was proactive and the letters OAR were there to refer to business owners taking Ownership Accountability and Responsibility. Puzzled?… look at last week’s Blog and it will give you the full picture.
Highlights of the 60 second round included Paul Lefever passing round a piece of wire that he had found being used in a house in Loughton which was about to cause disaster.
Ian Nicholson is looking for people who are in the process of divorce. This is a not a method of speed dating but a method of his being introduced to clients so that they can be advised on pensions where these are being divided up in financial settlements.
Dr Deb once again extolled the virtues of the three S’s. This has nothing to do with a bloke’s morning ablutions but Savings S…….and Service. Please in the comments to this Blog (not you Deb) complete the word that is the second aforementioned S.
Richard Willis illustrated the importance of branding by how members of different trades and professionals dress and how this is reflective of society’s expectations based on what they do. If it’s a tailor its probably which side your trousers fall, if you know what I mean…
Pride of place, with the Oscar was Lewis Hackney. He produced his Marshalls catalogue with lots of illustrations including before and after photos.
The ten minute slot treated us to one of those very professional performances that we have come to expect from Hugo Heij This was a sort of valedictory performance that made us realise that we will miss him when he departs after next week. He has given us two leads as replacements. Let’s make sure we chase these down.
Richard Willis passed on the good news based on both earlier weeks of this month and today confirming our gradual improved performance in referrals and recording of business passed. We were just shortfall of £10,000 this month. It’s something to build on and lets all make the effort to indeed do so.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 22nd January 2015
There were 18 members present and 3 visitors being Keith Edwards and Heather Smith from Ardleigh Green who are suppliers of cleaning products and Dean Turner a builder who came along to see how our meeting worked as a prelude to attending Billericay.
I recently spent some time reviewing my business and its incoming work schedules. Its great that we are incredibly busy at the moment, in fact we’re actually turning away work as we just don’t have the resources available to complete any more for a few months.
Being busy is great, however it is important to be busy in a profitable and sensible way, not just busy for the sake of being busy. We’re hopefully much closer to the first example but we could easily improve I am sure.
And so this thinking led me to think more about my own ongoing marketing, and then to think about some of my clients. My own website is so incredibly out of date that it needs to be replaced. I’ve spent a long long time creating a new one, but haven’t been able to find time to complete this. If I don’t launch my new website soon I am in danger of losing the status and authority that I have spent so many years building.
Here begins the “Swimming metaphor” of your online marketing. We generally all learn to swim and can manage on our own quite easily in a nice and safe environment like an indoor pool. If the swimming becomes difficult then we can stop and perhaps even put our feet down for a rest. If the water is a little too deep then we can tread water and remain exactly where we are.
Out in the real world however we arent swimming in an enclosed pool but we’re in a metaphorical flowing river. In a river that flows, even slowly, then you must remain swimming at all times just to remain in the same place! As soon as you stop swimming you begin to get washed away and are quickly gone.
There really isn’t an opportunity to stop for a rest with your online marketing. You need to plan ahead and schedule your activity, and make this work or risk being washed away. It doesnt have to be lots of work, just continuous forwards movement just ahead of the tide will keep you moving forwards or at least stop you from moving the wrong way.
Advancing the metaphor, to get ahead of the game you’ll need to work hard. To put your head down and swim. But we are all human. We cant swim at “race pace” forever and so we need to find a way to get ahead of the game.
Why keep swimming forever? It requires lots of energy and consumes lots of time. There are much easier ways to travel our metaphorical river. The best way is to travel in style, and in the metaphor this is in a speedboat!
Your online marketing company is your metaphorical speedboat. Their skills at website design, search engine optimisation, social media, email marketing and other skills can let you sit back and relax while your online presence zooms ahead.
This metaphor could be taken a lot further, infact it is quite likely that I will do so in subsequent blog posts, but for now I will end with one final warning. Speedboats are awesome, but not all speed boat drivers are equal! Choose which boat you get into carefully…
If you would like assistance with your online marketing then please contact me. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office on 01277 849443.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Tuesday 20th January 2015.
9 members present and 4 guests.
Robert Jones, there for the second time promising to attend with an application form next week to join Nozzy for the second time of asking, and Brian and Dean Hunnikin who run a security business. A very satisfactory turn out with a promise of new members.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 15th January 2015
19 members saw David Plumley get things under way with the Ed Slot. His theme this week was the necessity and obligation for members to follow up on referrals. Both the referrer and the referee must liaise to ensure that we convert as many referrals as possible and also the final act of thanking the referrer for the money and recording this is essential for our records and plotting the progress of our group. On that note, later in the meeting, Scott Griffiths was to refer to our upcoming anniversary. He made a request that all members review the earnings they have made from referrals this year and put in all outstanding thank yous during this month. An important message for all of us individually as well as for the group collectively;
Two awards were made in this meeting, one for the winner of last month’s performance league and the other, the “jolly good egg” award. The winner of both was Paul Booth. Not only were both well deserved but this should pose a challenge to all of us out there to do better in the performance league. In case you haven’t noticed, really good scores come from bringing visitors and in particular converting these visitors to members.
A couple of visitors in a month, whether they are converted to members or not will always get you closer to the top of the league. We should all bear this in mind.
Apart from celebrating Paul Booth’s success, a word of warning to us all came from the 60 second round. The celebrated Mr Booth posed a question as to whether PPI Compensation was taxable. If anybody cares, apparently it isn’t!! However any interest earned on the compensation is. To be a guest at the Booth meal table means that any time the conversation flags it will inevitably turn to such stimulating matters, beware!
In fact the 60 second round kicked off with the Old Curmudgeon himself who had briefly been denied his customary seat at the table. Alan Shaw and Janice Bentley-Pearson finally bowed to the pressure and moved up to allow him in. That seemed to cheer him up no end and he opened with a 60 seconds that reviewed the year 2014 so far as mortgage business was concerned. Apparently the last two quarters could be described as “fizzle, fizzle, fizzle”. His prediction for the first two quarters of 2015 is apparently the same, more fizzle, even though more lenders are now coming back into the market. It took him almost two minutes to deliver this message. It was something of a relief when he was relieved by Kevin Brooks. On a sartorial note, without being flamboyant, our Kev was wearing rather well cut jeans. Maintaining the sartorial theme, Howard Bullock was back for his first meeting after the New Year and he also sported jeans. This was also something of a relief after the weeks of seeing the exposure of his lower limbsalbiet in the cause of charity. He also sported a full set (full beard and moustache for those not in the know). His 60 seconds was about the FTSE. Most of us were recovering from the altered image of our Clear Financial Adviser to pick up on the importance of the performance of the said financial indicator which apparently dropped a lot on Wednesday. It would be unwise, I think, to place Mr Bullock alongside Mr Booth at the dinner table if the conversation might be in danger of flagging.
And now to Whimsy Corner. The usual protagonists slugged it out, Alan Shaw complained that he had a client on his back all week starting with calls at 8am in the morning, when he was in bed and general harassment throughout the day. His request was not for us not to refer clients to him but not to refer any potential persistent clients. On the other hand his brother in whimsy, Nick Cooke had been dealing with structural problems on Canvey Island. Apparently if you get a structural problem on Canvey Island you either instruct Mr Cooke or perhaps more sensibly shoot yourself. This week they were joined by our Pilgrim, Brian Painter, who attended a client who was addicted to chocolate and who on his instructions, attended their session with a bar of the said addictive substance. He did not regale her however with details of the toxins that her addiction brought her into contact with, but rather asked her to eat a piece and then later on in the session when he weaved his hypnotic magic he asked her to take another piece, which she promptly spat out and declared that if felt like a slug in her mouth. Hypnotic slug pellets are obvious running the virtual gastric band a close second.
In the last couple of weeks one or two members have declared that they are a little behind in getting to their invoicing. No names no pack drill, but may I introduce you both to Tina who weekly in this round offers her services to relieve the pressure of organisational matters such as these. This week in addition however she was talking about a private airline she was involved with. This made Richard Reed’s ears prick up but inexplicably we got no special offers this week; merely a warning that we should choose our holidays to fit our lifestyle. If any of you wish to make suggestions as to the sort of holidays that would suit certain members then you must feel free to add them to this Blog.
This interesting 60 second round however was topped by Dean Caldon who won the Oscar for his description of the new portal “on the market”. It was informative in that he not only explained how it was a “good thing” in that it would break the monopoly of Right Move and Zoopla and “a bad thing” if you find an estate agents who uses it, you mustn’t expect to appear on Right Move or Zoopla. He will no doubt keep us up to date as this particular conundrum develops.
By this stage however we were all starting to feel the hunger pains, we all tried to pay attention to Scott’s delivery of the Meeting Secretary’s report. About £5,500.00 of business at this meeting and 14 referrals; We then broke for breakfast and soon a contented hush fell over the room.
The 10 minute slot was Allan Moller’s. He had filled a table with his literature including his many certificates; he filled his presentation with a description how he became an electrician and, as with all good 10 minute presentations, he demonstrated his enthusiasm for his business. It would appear that most of us have experienced his expertise over recent months as shown by the verbal testimonials that followed his presentation. Once again we have a member who we can confidently refer to our friends and acquaintances. His presentation was followed by the referrals and testimonials round which was of its usual good quality. The meeting closed with a request from Kim Redwood-Lee to keep suggestions coming for future social events.
For those of our member’s indisposed we wish you well. For all members I request the highest possible attendance next week.