Chairman’s Blog - Tuesday 18th June 2013
12 in attendance including guests. A good meeting as the group develops. Adam Hotson remains in the lead in the Performance League and Brian Painter delivered the Education Slot which dealt with techniques in attracting and inviting guests which theme was usefully continued in discussions after the meeting.
Chairman’s Blog Meeting 13th June 2013
25 Members present and once again a very lively and positive meeting.
The positive tone apparent from the very outset when Tina rose to her feet with the rest of the Leadership team without a mouthful of breakfast…so now we know what she really does!
Chairman’s Blog 6th June 2013
A well attended meeting, 29 members and not a seat left in the house.
The Ed Slot was delivered by Scott Griffiths who educated us as to how our membership fees were used in relation to our web site and related to Social Media promotion.
In dealing with what we put on our profile page he produced the quote of the morning, “crap in – crap out”. What that should mean to most of us is, get your profile page properly set up as to content and you will benefit. I am not sure there is an opposite to “crap” but whatever it is, if you put it in, that’s what you will get out. I think I have probably clarified that for you all.
Chairman’s Blog Tuesday 4th June 2013
14 present for our 4th meeting. Nigel Kirby joined the merry band and is now our resident plumber. Adam Hotson brought a visitor, Paul Tipper from Estuary Fire Protection. He left with a membership form so possibly a new recruit.
Chairman’s Blog – Meeting Thursday 30th May 2013-05-30
A good turnout, 29 present including one guest Kathryn Painter of K.E.M. Event Management.
Some Meetings just feel right from the outset. There was a buzz about the pre breakfast networking which carried through into the Meeting.
Chairman’s Blog Tuesday 28th May 2013
Fourteen in attendance and the first meeting proper of EBF Billericay.
The first five members were duly inducted (that’s why it was the first meeting proper!!!) For the record and in order of arrival; James Henshaw, Anne Clarke, Robert Mayes, Adam Hotson and Stuart Oldham. There are others out there who were not able to attend this week and guests from today who expressed a positive interest and most importantly, took away a membership application forms. Let’s look forward to at least another 5 next week!!
New members were encouraged to look out for possible new members themselves. Remember that there is a direct correlation between numbers in attendance and referrals passed……Enough of this I hear you say, what actually happened!!
Well, quite a lot really.
The 60 second round let us all take stock of what we all did. Nigel Kirby, plumber extraordinaire, told a very old joke about theft of toilets and Police having nothing to go on. Jokes about toilets always go down well with a British audience. Andy Westley, our aerials man should be a valuable source of oneliners. Today it was no “interference” whilst he was on a roof fitting an aerial. This got a good “reception”. Come back again Andy…please.
It was left to Brian Painter to explain how hypnotherapy helped a man who got stuck in a lift, stuck in an underground train and stuck in an aeroplane in turbulence. Basically Brian unstuck him. I can assure you all that he is much less appealing when he talks about smoking!
The “Oscar” was awarded for the best 60 second presentation and this was given to Andy. He now has the task of awarding the same Oscar at next weeks meeting to whomever he thinks performs best.
Stuart Oldham bravely took up the first 10 minute slot and talked about “the cloud”. Eyes clouded over and outside the clouds gathered…he talked about Australia where they do not get clouds, I think a 1-2-1 might be needed. Well done Stuart, an excellent effort.
Also thanks to Stuart a fantastic prize was awarded in our first “Speakers prize” draw. Adam Hotson won a days free consultancy from Stuart which was very generous with all in attendance hoping to win.
And so our meeting drew to a close. Once again our venue had come up to scratch with an excellent breakfast. If the Ivory rooms did lifts probably no one would ever get stuck in them.
Looking forward to a good turnout next week.
Chairman’s Blog, Thursday 16th May 2013
Average turnout, 25 members present. A lively meeting nonetheless.
Geoff Todd delivered the Ed Slot. As an ex farmer he extolled the virtues of “farming “ as opposed to “hunting” in networking terms. A useful insight that helps demonstrate the value of the occasional contribution by different members.
This morning saw the launch of the Billericay meeting of Essex Business Forum, at the Ivory Rooms.
It was well attended with plenty of guests many of whom have already signed-up to become full members and others all promising to return next week to take part in the first “full” meeting.
- Know who you are dealing with. Sounds really obvious but is not only crucial but very often got wrong.
- You can deal with someone as an Individual, as a sole trader, as a partnership or as a limited company. Identify which they are as soon as you start dealing with them – not later on during the trading relationship! As some do to their cost…