Those few……those happy few!!!!!
12 in all including the Chris Vernons; I contemplated reading out the list of people in attendance rather than apologies for absence. In fact I did neither.
Holidays accounted for some of the missing persons, failing to recover from the Bank Holiday was the rest.
Once again our ranks were depleted by the holiday season but we mustered 17 including Alex Pink who is with us for the last time as a visitor.
Nonetheless the sun was shining, there had been good networking before the breakfast. This week we had an Ed Slot delivered by Terry Maylin who gave us a welcome reminder of not only the importance of the 60 second round, particularly when coupled with regular attendance, but also pointers on presentation which we should bear in mind.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 14th August 2014.
Once again a really good turnout given the fact that we are in the holiday season; 20 members present and 1 visitor, Marvin Angel of Barter Card.
Therefore let me start the Blog with congratulations to all members for the level of attendance they have achieved over the last 5 or 6 weeks, which has helped to give the meetings a real buzz.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Tuesday 12th August 2014
I am writing this Blog in the evening of the aforementioned date whilst casting my mind over the events of the morning and how I should report them to you.
August is traditionally the “silly season” and lots of us are away on holiday and numbers are traditionally down. We mustered 14.
We had received appropriate apologies from missing persons and as the day unfolded the members email revealed in more detail the whereabouts at breakfast time of Ian Nicholson and Christine Arnold.
Well, August is upon us as is the holiday season. It was therefore probably a good result for there to be 18 of us present including Alex Pink who has made an application to join.
A call to Arms! Could all members who are not on holiday make every effort this month to attend every meeting;
I for one in particularly enjoyed the meeting this week. It started off well – Stuart Smallcombe reading what could best be described as his first Epistle to EBF. The subject was trust and how it was a quantifiable business asset.
First of all there were the 3 stages of trust
• Know me
• Like me
• Trust me
Then there was the trust seesaw; on the downside, no trust business slow costs more/on the upside, trust fast business costs less.
Then there were the companions of trust
And finally, give trust, have faith.
All of this might seem slightly evangelical, as I said before, Stuart’s first Epistle to EBF but not only was it well thought out, it was well delivered and any thought of religious dogmatism was immediately dispelled by Stuart wearing what appeared to be a black fingerless glove on his right hand, could there be some strange cult involved here…I felt obliged to make full enquiry and you will be pleased to learn that he has simply strained his wrist…apparently writing the second and third Epistles, which we look forward to in the future.
With Stuart’s exaltations ringing in our ears we dove…yes dove into the 60 second round.
Alan Shaw rose to his feet and appeared to be more confused than usual. A bad week, drainage problems, a nightmare with wrong drawings apparently, and some problem with a little porch; I thought he said little Porche but no, he had a problem with a little porch. Not a good week. In following 60 seconds presentations I was looking for others who had shared a bad week with Mr Shaw. Well Alan Moller found a fault underneath the floorboards. Terry Maylin had returned from holiday to collect debts and obtain possession orders. His clients were ok but those who owed the money and had to get out of their houses had a bad week. Peter Hood has taken someone on 3 days a week so is ready for anything…he should be. The moment you start employing someone your headaches begin; Richard Reed had no special offers for us.
Reasons to be cheerful? Well Marcelle was cheerful enough describing the birthstone for August, the Peridot. It’s green, it was Cleopatra’s stone of choice and is the stone of the zodiac sign of Libra.
Kevin Radford was gleefully launching his campaign against the Meerkats in general and Oleg in particular. David Plumley was quite excited about warning us keeping our business computer separate from our home computer. Janice Bentley-Pearson was emphasising the importance of spending more time on rather than too much time in your business. Kevin Brooks was talking about materials but the rust coloured shorts and holiday style flip flops and casual shirt was a total distraction and Mike Rogers was close to being cheerful. Generally we were upbeat but the Oscar had to be awarded to Alan Shaw, if only as consolation for his trials and tribulations of the week.
Still, reasons to be cheerful included Kevin Radford’s 10 minute slot; never mind what he said, the Bard of Hadleigh is adding song and dance to his poetry in an attempt to make himself the all round entertainer. He turned his attention from Meerkats to Direct Line and Go Compare. A heart warming performance; you do feel that all the risks we all take and face everyday are in safe hands if they are managed by RMK, Kevin was uplifting. He retained his spritely approach to life tripping round the room in the referrals and testimonials round handing out the paper that we wish to have passed.
The figures for the month of July made for good reading. £65,667.00 worth of business recorded and the winner of the performance league by a good margin was David Plumley. One of our hardest working members and it was a popular win.
And so dear friends we are into August, your best efforts for the month please.
20 members present plus Alex Pink, visiting us for the third time with a promise next week to make an application to join. A good turnout given that the holiday season is upon us once again. As with our previous 2 weeks when we had even better turnout, there was a buzz to the meeting.
David Plumley’s Ed Slot was back to basics, in particular, tracking your referrals. Both the ones that you give and the ones that you receive!! The ones that you give, to not only ensure that they are followed up properly but to make sure those acknowledgements for the money are made. On the other side of the coin, make sure that those that you receive are chased up and referred back to the referrer if nothing immediately comes of them and to make sure that they are, at the end of the piece of business, attributed and recorded.
Following such a studious theme I was hoping that the 60 second round would also reveal a theme, whether studious or otherwise. In that I was disappointed, although it was none the less entertaining.
With the Commonwealth Games going on, I seem to have been watching nothing but highlights on TV. I will adopt the same principle and let you have some highlights from the 60 second round.
Marcelle was engaging, as she reminded us of what one side of her business did indeed supply, engagement rings.
Gary Waskett and Jennie Pritchard both declared themselves rushed off their feet. Gary felt this arose from the economic recovery causing overtrading. Clearly Jennie being busy means there is an increase in trading and it presumably means the banks are lending money!!
David Plumley talked about a Funeral Director in Hadleigh that represented good business whilst Kevin Radford explained that his business based in Hadleigh was not the Hadleigh in Suffolk which apparently is a very pretty little town but the Hadleigh in Essex which is not. Presumably because amongst other things it contains lots of Funeral Directors.
Richard Reed was advocating “cruising” and some special offers that lead into 2016. When he named the Cruise Line and the extent of the deal he started speaking quietly so I couldn’t pick up the details. Maybe it’s one of the travel industries best kept secrets.
Through the recent months we have not had our fair share of whimsy; Alan Shaw, its principal exponent however put that right and was at his whimsical best. It perhaps had something to do with his having to turn up early to “man” the door. He forgot to sign in the members register, until they were packing up at 7 am.
He then started his 60 seconds by telling us that he written a poem last week. This looked promising! He then however declared that he couldn’t remember how it started and therefore…. told us of a recent visit to Kent where he had seen Ellen Terry’s house. Unfortunately he had to explain that this was not a relative of this famous footballer but a well known film star of yore and thence a visit to a pub that had not changed since the Second World War. Not to the tune of threepence a pint but both buildings apparently (and here’s the architectural bit) exhibited fantastic spaces.
For the casual visitor or reader of this Blog Alan is in fact an Architect and provides architectural services…what else can I say!!
The final thing that I can report to you about the 60 second round is that I won the Oscar; largely because I pointed out that I worked from an office in Hockley which not only sounds like Hadleigh but is also a grotty town in Essex that also boasts a funeral director.
Vivienne Nwalema was the 10 minute presenter and it gave her an opportunity to introduce herself fully to the group and also show us a very slick video that promoted her business. At the same time,
so slick was the video that it also promoted Alex Pink’s business as he had produced it……Her presentation resulted in a good response with many questions being thrown at her by the members. Alan Shaw wasn’t letting us off the hook on whimsical stakes. He asked a very pertinent question about whether she could transport cats to the Cayman Islands…yes that rights cats to the Cayman Islands, not caymans to the Isle of Dogs. Apparently she can…. transport cats that is. An excellent 10 minutes that allowed us all to understand her product and hopefully enable members to spot referrals for her.
She even finished off her presentation with a little dance. Part of the limbering up process for running in the referrals and testimonials round. A reasonable number of referrals and monies recorded produced a return for this month of £65,000. If not the dizzy heights, it was a very solid performance this month, it will be difficult to replicate it in the month of August when holidays hit us but let’s see if we can beat it next month.
Until next week…
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 24th July 2014.
24/7, as it was christened, produced a good turnout 22 members and 3 guests. Darryl Oung, who advises the construction industry on Sub Contracts and Sub Contractors, Kudzai Sibanda from Recruitment Health Care and for the second time Alex Pink who produces online video/film. With 1 or 2 on holiday and Graham Wright emailing us that he was approaching recovery we continued with good attendance as last week.
Guest presenter of the Ed Slot was Brian Painter, who compared the various ways of getting new business and in particular emphasised the value of person recommendation, particularly through networking.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Tuesday 22nd July 2014.
19 members present.
Fresh back from holiday, Nige Kirby presented the Ed Slot which was all about presenting yourself. The 60 round and the 10 minute slot are all about preparation. It involves confidence, eye contact, passion and finally, please remember to smile!!
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Thursday 17th July 2014.
What a fantastic turnout! 24 members present and 3 visitors; Alex Pink a video producer, George Smith a recruitment manager and for the last time as a visitor Janice Bentley-Pearson, business adviser. She has made her application and been accepted by the Committee as a member.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Tuesday 15th July 2014.
Several returning from holiday produced 18 members and 3 guests. Ian Stanley for the last time as he was inducted as a new member and the Chrises Vernon who have applied to join. They have been accepted by the committee and therefore will be members next week. With Ian Nicholson’s announcement that he might have found a photographer, let’s keep up the good work in attracting visitors and therefore potentially new members, well done everybody.