Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 20th October 2016.
19 Members present and 1 visitor, Stephanie Sallows an Employment Coordinator.
As we all know David Plumley is in Chile. His organisation skills did not desert him however before he left and he had made full preparation for others to deal with the Education Slot in his absence.
This week it was Paul Booth and we were in for a treat!!! He told us all about uberisation and then proceeded to explain how easy it was. We were then further treated to a baffling check list of things to do in relation to hailing a taxi that would ultimately turn out to be cheaper and more efficient than yer average black cab. Basically his message was that things change and we should be able to change with them. Whether Uber itself will survive a court judgement as to whether it employs or doesn’t employ it’sdrivers remains to be seen. What I feel I can do in this Blog however is add to your understanding of uberisation. It has reached India. An uber-like smart phone app has been launched in India aiming at making it easier for farmers to hire tractors. Apparently hourly rental can be obtained for between 400 and 700 Rupees…..a fiver to you. You heard it here first!!
What of the 60 second round:
One theme was people being busy. Mike Rogers was busy, Michael Adelizzi was busy, Kim had been busy all week and Kevin Brooks had hoped not to be busy but had got another job in Walthamstow and already feels in the need of a holiday. Alan Moller was definitely busy with 20 jobs backed up. He came out with the revelation that he has a white board indoors, which caused me (perhaps unfairly) to enquire whether he was a nobo fetishist. He had to leave early, which was perhaps just as well, as the referrals round had him receiving at least 5 new referrals.
Donna Evans has been busy all week matching Poles. Whether she will be able to continue doing this post brexit remains to be seen.
Nick Cooke was absent but the School of Whimsy was well represented. Brian Painter, fresh from the black sands of Tenerife,painted a wonderful picture of himself in speedos sitting on a beach sipping a Pina Colada. What should come along but errant cigarette smoke from a lady several yards down the beach. He apparently could not see the smoke but he smelt it. 80% of cigarette smoke is apparently invisible. I am pleased to report however that he made it back safely. A contender for the School of Whimsy this week was Jo Jones because unusually she was selling a drum kit rather than any fitness aids. Alan Shaw, on the other hand apparently, had a week when everything was going well for him until 5 pm last night when he had a telephone call from a Planning Officer indicating that a scheme for one of his clients had been kicked out by the Environmental Agency. One of the things I found hard to believe about this scenario was that a Planning Officer was still in the office at 5pm to give him the telephone call.
The Naughty Table was subdued. This can normally be put down to the absence of Howard Bullock and today was no exception. Somehow the others just do not function (in a naughty way) without his presence.
This week was my chance to get back at everyone else, because I was awarding the Oscar. It was awarded without hesitation to Richard Reed who not only emphasised what he did but also the personal nature of his service as the reason why we should use him…that and the fact that he bombards us with holidays offers.
Brian Painter was standing in for David Plumley this week and introduced our 10 minute speaker, Terry Maylin. He produced a very precise and clear explanation of how TM Law can help clients who are either landlords or tenants in dealing with residential or commercial property. Some of the pit falls that he explained were not entirely legal, for instance the use of a Taser on a tenant by a landlord. It was certainly one stage up from the mugging that he tries to give any one on the other side that he is dealing with.
He was promptly followed by the referrals round which, given our relatively low numbers this week, was excellent. There were 24 referrals and in excess of £11,000 worth of business written.
There was a committee meeting after the meeting closed in relation to the exhibition on Wednesday 2nd November 2016 in which EBF are partaking. There are plans afoot that are being currently co-ordinated by Jill Willis and Scott Griffiths. Please look out for emails and deal with them promptly.
As always I look forward to next week’s meeting.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 14th October 2016.
Three holidays, two funerals and child duty counted at a stroke for 6 members being absent, but we managed to muster 19.
Education Slot was the fantasy of Kim Redwood-Lee. She performed this duly with the help of the 3 stooges Alan Shaw, Paul Booth and Terry Maylin. She recited the various stages arising from membership of EBF. Alan Shaw took one step forward illustrating each individual step in the journey of becoming a fully effective member of EBF. When Alan Shaw took his final step Paul Booth tried to fall over and Terry Maylin caught him. All of this was intended to illustrate your growth to true enlightenment in EBF and the establishment of the “circle of trust”. The casual reader of this Blog will probably by now be muttering to himself “…what the hell is he talking about…” If someone other than Kim can provide a concise and clear explanation please use the comments section below. For one horrible moment I though Kim was trying to enlist in the School of Whimsy.
It was with relief that we hit the 60 second round.
Our most quotable member, Jo Jones did not disappoint. She talked about “…body work..” and in speaking of her massage claimed “..it was like an MOT…”.
Mike Rogers sounded as if he was running a kindergarten. He talked of pre-first time buyers, catching them young and looking after them from cradle to grave. Presumably this is all in the comfort and convenience of their own home.
It was good to see Tina Walker coming back into the fold. At least I thought it was, but then she mentioned the C word, that it was 11 weeks away and I suddenly felt very gloomy.
Alan Shaw can always be relied upon to raise your spirits however. He is taking on the role of an anti-eco warrior. He has been battling with the environment agency on behalf of a client. Our super hero deserved a good enquiry this week, apparently someone up in the clouds heard his 60 second rendition last week and that he was looking for churches. He got the next best thing, a place of worship. Apparently an enquiry about a new mosque.
He was relevantly followed by Richard Reed who amongst other things was offering his India Tour…plenty of mosque’s out there!!
Scott Griffiths was rather esoteric this week. Advising a client who sold e liquids. He apparently set him straight and awarded him puff points. These are not places where you stop for a rest if you have been exercising. If anybody wishes to enlighten me the comments box is below.
Donna Evans was like the old lady who lived in a shoe. She visited a house with so many windows she did not know what to do.
Allan Moller managed by contrast to produce a limerick about the lady from Ealing. Everybody was relieved that it did not go on to refer to a ceiling.
Talking of limericks, somewhat unusually Steve Roach was good enough to award the Oscar to me. I had been at a loose end on Wednesday afternoon and managed to include Wills, Leases and Lasting Powers of Attorney in successive limericks. A fourth glorified TM Law and all without a rude word. Surely a record of some sort.
All in all a good 60 second round that was followed by an even better 10 minute presentation. Jo Eastwood’s approach was everything a 60 second or 10 minute presentation should be. It challenged us to find her referrals, particularly external ones and it told us exactly what her products were so that we could find these. I would have this opinion of her presentation whether or not she had provided me, along with the other members, with a taster of white port.
When I arrived at the meeting it was raining, as we drew to a close with the referrals and testimonial rounds the sun got out.
Let’s try for a really good turn out next week and I hope to see you all then.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 6th October 2016.
Another well attended and vibrant meeting. There were 21 members present and 2 guests; Nikhil Shah, a Dentist and Lewis Ward for the second time whose business is car leasing.
Tina Walker also showed her face at the beginning of the meeting and is threatening to come back next week.
All good meetings need good start. David Plumley obliged, producing an Ed Slot setting out “10 secrets” as to how you could waste your time at EBF. His delivery started out ironic and finished up sarcastic but it got the message over… that we need to turn up and pay attention when we are here.
Scott Griffiths was on a secret mission which was unfortunately unsuccessful; he returned and took the opportunity to infiltrate the Naughty Table instead. Terry Maylin stood in for him above the salt. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The Naughty Table was accordingly depleted by the absence of Stuart Smallcombe who had been forced off the table and was obliged to sit on the next door table. He sort of sat sideways on and tried to infiltrate the Naughty Table. It was all very confusing…
You can normally rely on the School of Whimsy to provide a backdrop to the 60 second round that keeps you confused. This week Brian Painter of course was absent and the spotlight accordingly fell on Alan Shaw and Nick Cooke. Nick Cooke, rather boringly, had been involved with a residents committee meeting so there wasn’t much to be had from him; Alan Shaw on the other hand was a little more useful. An old client from years back had premises in Harwich and wanted some sort of conversion plans doing. That was pretty straight forward but everything from there started turning whimsical. He had been to a lecture at Anglia University on the fabric and structure of Churches and indeed Canterbury Cathedral. It sort of went on until after two minutes he sat down in confusion (for us, not him). Unfortunately at the moment there is not much call for the building of churches but………
What did emerge from the meeting however is a new candidate to join the Whimsies, namely the electric Mr Alan Moller. In his 60 seconds he talked about break ins and lights that will scare off burglars. Innocuous you might say but his claim to association with the Whimsies was really made in his 10 minute presentation. It is not normal that I mix up the 10 minutes presentation with the 60 second round but it is important for future Blogs what we get this straight. His 10 minute presentation spent a couple of minutes giving something of his background and how he got to where he is. He then turned to technology and having managed to plug in his laptop we were regaled with photographs from his holiday. We were given an insight into his summer motor bike journey round Europe. He managed such feats as parking his motor cycle in a hotel’s reception (“there was only a little bit of oil, from the chain, which I mopped up with a cloth”), he managed a spot of dogging whilst parking in what he thought was a secluded area and gave us the sort of guide that is very helpful to people like Richard Reed. Indeed it should have been a presentation by Richard Reed. I think we can all, after this 10 minute presentation, well and truly welcome Alan to the School of Whimsy…congratulations Al.
Right! Back to the 60 second round!
Donna was striking in her sun tan, Jo Jones was striking once again in being eminently quotable. Examples included “..we all love a prop..” and even better “..it’s not just about shakes..”
Dean Caldon not only was able to boast 12 sales on his books but also that he has a new apprentice. Apparently he is called “Jack”, we wish him well but must hope that under Dean’s tutelage he is able to avoid large men and climbing vegetables.
I happened to mention in my 60 seconds that I was happy doing the work that I do. This prompted Michael Adelizzi to confirm that he is also happy when people come in to his shop. Michael frequently describes his emporium and how it displays both bathroom and kitchenware; my own abiding impression, because I bought two from him, was that he has a very good line in king sized loos. I think we can safely christen these premises “the House of Thrones”.
David Plumley tried to frighten us. He spoke of disasters with regard to computers which apparently “ran somewhere”. It took me a little while to realise he was not alluding to the recent triumph of the British at the Olympics. It was only when he started talking about backups that I realised my mistake, “ransom ware”, of course.
Terry Maylin talked of a lady from Cobham. My challenge to you all is, in commenting on this Blog, that you produce a limerick that starts “There once was a lady from Cobham…”. The winner, to be judged by Terry Maylin, might receive a prize but it really won’t be worth anything other than the honour.
Jo Eastwood was flogging beers this week. One that gloried under the name of “Bloody Notorious” was 4.79% strength. She also has gluten free beer. Gluten free beer? I’ve seen the future!!
Whatever next, well, a realisation that Jo Eastwood was also awarding the Oscar and she awarded it to none other than Steve Roach. He gave us good news about his radio station but also that he had been photographed with a chicken. Apparently a new outlet of Nandos was advertising through the station and in order to qualify for a free meal he had to stand next to and be photographed with a chicken. Let’s hope they do not take on Anne Summers otherwise he might have to have his photograph taken with……here’s the second challenge for you in commenting on this Blog. Who or what might he be asked to be photographed with in such an instance?
Any further commentary on the 60 second round would be merely self-indulgent. So I will move on to other good news. The referrals and testimonials round revealed around £20,500.00 worth of business recorded and referrals hitting the 30 mark.
Another good effort by everybody and an excellent turnout, let’s hope we can repeat it again next week.
Business Networking Meeting review, 29th Sept 2016
by Jill Willis
This week’s Essex Business Forum meeting was a not the busiest on record, but with 20 members in attendance it still packed a punch.
Howard Bullock of Clear Financial Advice (standing in for Aidan Squire of Quality HR) chaired confidently. Guiding us all through the proceedings.
Headlines to take away and savour include;
- Paul Booth, of Booth & Co Chartered and Certified Accountants, is back on a winning streak. Taking first place again this week in the performance league.
- Scott Griffiths of Eseyo Web Design came in second, with Kim Redwood-Lee of Redwood Clarke Bookkeeping Services in third.
- Jo Eastwood of Liquorice independent wine merchant, scooped the 60 second award – for her description of a recent commemorative trip to the battle fields of The Somme. She remembered her grandfather Tom, and shared a wonderful local wine ‘Dopft’ from Northern France.
- This month we have so far passed £76,600 of new business – well ahead of the monthly average!
- Visitor Lewis Ward, of Best Car Finder vehicle leasing joined us, and showcased his expertise. We hope to welcome him back next week.
- Halloween theme! Thursday 27th October will be Halloween week. So think of spooky 60 second ideas, and maybe even dress up (Paul).
The Education Slot was presented by Jill Willis, of Words By Jill. She talked about productivity…and the key to success. Do less, and get more done. These are the top 5 pointers courtesy of author Shaa Wasmund and her book Do Less, Get More:
One: Understand your rhythms. If you are at your most creative between 8am and 10am then don’t check mundane emails during this time! Take time to understand what works for you.
Two: Batch tasks. Consider having a ‘meeting’ day, a ‘research’ day, an ‘admin’ day.
Three: Escape the ‘when…then…’ trap. You’ll never be 100% ready to begin a project, so stop chasing perfection and get started.
Four: Filter your talents. If you chase two rabbits, one is bound to escape. So pick one goal and dedicate all resources to making it happen.
Five: Schedule. Identify the actions you need to take, and pin point the help you’ll need from others. Breaking things down into simple steps means you’ll be less likely to flounder.
The 60 second round had some interesting topics this week. Marcelle Saad of Marcelle Saad Diamonds turned her attention to pearls. Giving a wonderful description of the creative settings, and bespoke design services she offers to her clients.
Dean Caldon of Grace & Rose showed that the property market continues to perform with new instructions for a 3-bedroom house in Brentwood, and x2 4-bedroom homes in Billericay.
Stuart Smallcombe of LG Networks gave us an insight into high speed voice and data networks…but not as you might first expect. His 60 seconds focused on a last-minute project completed for a client who had to move offices the next day! It was achieved of course, and Stuart reminded us that he is always available to help clients who are relocating offices (just perhaps not that quickly every time).
Richard Reed of Prestige Holidays and Travel took bespoke holiday planning to a new level. He made us chuckle with his tale of a brief he worked on recently for a client. So specific were the requirements that even the colour of the hire car had been specified; red.
We all said hearty congratulations to Steve Roach, and the team at Phoenix FM. The West Ham Way sports podcast has been nominated for a national award, alongside Five Live and Talk Sport. Not bad for our local Brentwood radio station! He reminded us all that the station actively supports local charities too, and asked that we mention him to charity fundraisers who may be looking for new ways to garner support and raise awareness of their cause within the local community.
Finally, Scott Griffiths, of ESEYO web design and hosting, gave an outstanding 10-minute presentation, helping us to navigate the minefield of web site build. Leaving us in no doubt. We shouldn’t use a cowboy web designer (even though they may be a little cheaper). There’s the shortcut way and then there’s the ESEYO way. We know which we’d all prefer.
From premium WordPress framework design, to premium hosting, optimised content, mobile & tablet friendly design and easy to use reporting tools. His service, as so many members vouched, is the best around by a mile.
For more information on the services Scott provides, contact 01277 849443 or visit www.eseyo.com
Next Week – If your business is taking part in the Phoenix FM advertising campaign remember to pass on a referral slip to Steve. Plus, bring your diaries, and we’ll try to ear-mark a date for the Christmas get together.
See you next week!
Jill (in for Aidan)
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.