Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 28th July 2016.
This week we were hit by holidays. 7 Members absent through holidays which coupled with one or two business demands left us with 14 members present but our numbers boosted to 17 by Aaron Noakes and Ed Blackburn from H&G Recruitment Solutions and Sophie Kohl a party organiser. This coupled with the absence of a 10 minute speaker available meant that the prospects of a good effective meeting were in the balance.
I need not have feared, the quality of our members at our Breakfast Meeting is such that we enjoyed a lively positive and very effective meeting.
David Plumley set the tone with a flip chart presentation of the values and the virtues of consistency, both in business and in being a member of EBF. A call to arms for quality and care in our business and EBF dealings brought up an interesting snippet. If you have a bad habit and change it and adopt that change for 30 days that change has now become a habit. I cannot help but feel that this epithet can perhaps be likened to the 10 second rule. What is the 10 second rule you ask? Well it is to assist overworked mothers whose children drop the food they are eating on the floor. Provided you pick it up within 10 seconds…no problem! This,as a particularly important rule to live by, was adequately demonstrated by myself when I dropped one of my sausages; 2 seconds later it was back on my plate and being consumed…job done.
With such an inspiring education slot what of the 60 second round. The Naughty Corner was on really good form despite the absence of anarchist in chief Howard Bullock.
Mike Rogers said that mortgage rates were dropping, in some circumstances down to 1.3%…jaw dropping! He can also organise a 10 year fixed term at 2.3%. The good news is you can also have as mortgage term that anticipates repayment up to the age of 80. How far anyone with savings could regard any of this as good news defeats me. Stuart Smallcombe, fellow Naughty Cornerer, produced an extended metaphor to illustrate the use of a router. He likened it to a fat man behind a desk in a taxi business directing cars to pick up fares and also showing the door to drunken punters.
Although Alan Shaw’s message was on song, the whimsy showed through with his description of the jobs that he has been doing. Changing a house in to two semis, converting a garage into a house and getting involved in a rather elaborate workshop at the bottom of a garden. Somewhere at the bottom of the garden there are the fairies to contend with but we will leave that for another day.
Fellow professor of the School of Whimsy, Brian Painter told of a man with tick which was more of a slinging back of the head from a man who has been struck by a football years and years ago. He was still feeling and reacting to the football hitting him on the side of the head. The impression that Brian gave made me think he was going to provide inspiration for this jerking of the head to the oft maligned and much remembered comedian Jack Douglas… whah heh !!
Stimulated by Stuart Smallcombe’s metaphor, Paul Booth declared that he had some new clients which included a taxi driver. Entertainingly David Plumley was explaining about terabytes but it fell to me to warn everybody not to keep them in a bath where they can grow in size and be totally unmanageable.
Whatever was uplifting about the 60 second round, and it was, Peter Hood’s farewell saddened us all but we wish him well and with all the various jobs that he is doing for various of the members we will no doubt continue to see him for some time in the future. Sorry to see you go Peter.
So what of the Oscar, Michael Adelizzi was awarding and David Plumley receiving. The reason was base, he was offering something free; although after my warning I did not know how many people wanted terabytes.
Scott’s Meeting Secretaries’ Report amongst other things mentioned the Education Materials that are now being rolled out. Please read them and feel free to add your comments at the appropriate place. Something a little more on message than Naughty Corners Stuart Smallcombe’s “like your beard” comment.
One of the absentees was due to deliver the 10 minute presentation this week so it was replaced with a Q & A. Although this is a well tried fall-back position it always seems to work well and today was no exception. Lots of questions….. we had to cut them short as the meeting approached its close.
Now that it is holiday time it is important that those of us who are not holiday make every effort to attend. Please also remember Scott’s request that he and I are notified this week of your holiday plans over the next 6 weeks so that we can have an idea of numbers for the meetings.
All in all an excellent morning meeting and I look forward to next week.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Thursday 21st July 2016.
A slightly cooler morning than yesterday’s scorcher brought out members in plenty. 24 in attendance and 1 second time visitor Paul Durrant.
Whenever the meeting has 22-25 people there is a buzz that is missing otherwise. It also brought out the usual summertime sartorial successes. There were shorts a plenty. Main protagonists for the battle for the classiest shorts were Richard Reed, Steve Roach, Scott Griffiths and Howard Bullock. Although Howard Bullock is a practised bare legger, pride of place must go to Scott with a rather nicely tailored checked pair. I was proud to sit next to him.
Opening act of the meeting following breakfast was to award Alan Shaw his certificate for winning the Good Egg Award. He almost did not get up to the front because he was collecting up plates. His willingness to turn his hands to scullery duties is one of the reasons he was such a popular winner. He was not wearing shorts. He was wearing what has now become his customary white hunter outfit. Last week’s other white hunters were missing but Jill Willis ought to be very careful with her leopard skin attire. If ever Alan Shaw was to turn up with a 12 bore to illustrate as prop she should run for cover.
Jill Willis, safe for the moment, presented the Ed Slot and emphasised the importance of member testimonials and how these can used to good effect. She also suggested that the first Thursday of September be Testimonial day and we review testimonials we could have made and make them available on that day for all the various members who have done a good job for us or our contacts over the previous months. I suggest you all start looking things out now.
There were 1 or 2 props floating around during the 60 second round. David Plumley produced a Naz which could store 4 hard drives. From a sartorial point of view he should be complimented on his pouch worn with rust coloured trousers. Jo Eastwood produced crisps for all of us which, once you had salted them were really nice. I am not sure that was the point but never mind.
What of the School of Whimsy this week.
Alan Shaw was on message but had some curious projects; houses at Chanells Golf Club, a beauty Parlour, the garage I told you about last week that is to be converted into a house and problems he has had with a room in a roof. He cautioned patience, which is what you really needed to take in the various bits of information that he was throwing out as us. He was not helped by the air conditioning unit that was making us pleasantly cool but creating a steady noise that we had to shout above.
Nick Cooke continued his series of breaking down what he does. Last week he referred to steel beams….. yes that’s right, not to stealing beams but steel beams. Well this week, whilst such steel beams can form an essential part of structural repairs and he reminded us that he administers structural repair contracts. If you do not think this is very uplifting, then his partner in Whimsy,Brian Painter had a sad tale of a lady who came to see him with her mother and managed to smile twice and laugh once. Apparently this was unusual, so unusual that she told her psychiatrist about it and he told her to have nothing to do with hypnotherapists including our Pilgrim. The one thing that Brian can do is make you laugh and smile and more than once or twice… …very strange!
The Naughty Corner did not live up to its reputation. Stuart Smallcombe was very on message, he outlined the 3 basic parts to what he can supply: 1. Telephone Lines to the building, 2. Cabling to the specific locations in the building, 3. Telephones.
Howard Bullock was not much better. He was helping a client with early retirement to generate further income. He was looking for anyone who has had an unexpected windfall. Oh yes I forgot to mention, his client was a fireman taking early retirement. I assume that this was with a bad back which is how most of the firemen that I have known over the years have come to retire early.
Things brightened up a bit when Michael Adelizzi told about his team that worked on installing bathrooms. He reeled off the names and people and who worked with who. As there were 5, there was one poor guy, I think his name was Lee, who worked on his own. He was awarded the Oscar in recognition of the slickness of the roll call that he presented in describing the various members of the team.
No 60 second round would be complete without Richard Reed who is producing good a quality cruise over both Christmas and New Year. The problem with going on a cruise for Christmas is that although you are getting away from friends and family you finish up having to celebrate Christmas with people you do not know, a lot of whom will be geriatric and the rest will have personal problems that make them want to escape from the Country over Christmas or New Year. Don’t let me put you off however. His 3 City stay in Italy at less than £500.00 per head sounds well worth looking at.
Our 10 minute presentation was slightly different this week. David Plumley helped advance recruitment by handing out leaflets that he had collected of various trades and businesses looking for clients and customers. Let’s see if we can follow these up, send out some electronic invites and entice various unsuspecting business owners through our doors. As he handed out the leaflets he talked about “pump primers” ….the idea is you might have to suck or blow to get something going. I think it was a metaphor or some sort but I have to say it left me more puzzled than primed.
We then had a referrals and testimonials round when 25 referrals were passed. This was only 1 referral per member but it just go to show how the more of us there are the more opportunities there are for referrals and business wthout any exceptional effort by any one individual.
Finally, as I mentioned earlier in this Blog, our Pilgrim can make you laugh and certainly make you smile. He has in his guise as social secretary something interesting lined up for us all that involves rooms somewhere in Southend. Keep your eye open for his email which will no doubt make it clearer.
I look forward to seeing you all next week.
Our excellent photographer member Carmel Jane recently completed some work for us and captured the meeting in progress. I’ve selected just a few of these photos for you to add your captions to in the blog comments.
Each photo is numbered, so when you leave your comment please tell us which photo it refers to… have fun…
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 14th July 2016.
A relatively small turnout. 15 members were there at the start of our short form meeting designed to finish at 8.a.m. so that we were able to get over to SNAP for a guided tour.
Clearly several members saw it more as a safari and tuned up suitably attired. As if dressed for a tiger hunt, Brian Painter, Alan Shaw and David Plumley were stunning in their “white hunter” gear and added a sartorial edge that has been missing from the meeting in recent weeks. Your sharp eyed correspondent also noticed at the end of the meeting that Nick Cooke donned a jacket which veered towards Khaki. I think we should all revisit our wardrobes in order to add tone to our meetings in the weeks to come.
Anyway!….. To the meeting itself. Apologies for absence took slightly longer to read out than usual and in the absence of last week’s Oscar winner, Jo Jones, Brian Painter did the honours. It was a 60 second round of imagery rather than substance.
Kim Redwood-Lee went in blind to a well-known estate agent to do their books.
Alan Shaw talked of an application for change of use for a garage. He failed to tell us what said garage was going to be used for and I was left with a vision of a bijoux mansonette with up and over doors.
Brian Painter told of the infatuation of a 47 year old supermarket worker for a 20 year old checkout girl. He had apparently been consulted so that the girl could be put out of the mind of the drooling 47 year old. In searching through the sub-conscious of this desire drenched wretch he discovered that in reality this love crazed shelf stacker did not wish to have the young ladies charms banished from his consciousness at all leaving our poor Pilgrim helpless.
David Plumley told us of the importance of a company’s name and how, with an eye on the fact that his business pulled things together he landed on the name Integrate. All of this was on topic and was fine but then we came to Kevin Brooks, he told of an unsuccessful foray to withdraw money from his Nationwide Book and had to be persuaded that however valid his savings were with said building society it was no use going to the Halifax if you wanted to draw money out. A man so oblivious to his surroundings deserved something to wake him up and he was awarded the Oscar accordingly.
Many of us in the meantime told how we had been assailed by “The Inventor” The Inventor is a sort of anti-super hero who tackles the world’s wrongs by boring everyone to death. Scott Griffiths, Howard Bullock and Terry Maylin were the dastardly rogues who were successfully assailed by “The Inventor” who I am told IS now to reverting to wearing his underpants over his trousers in order to be more effective. It depends what you’re doing I suppose…
Nick Cooke talked about beams. I thought he said that he was stealing beams but I think he was just talking about steal beams. Anyway the rule of thumb is, the wider the gap the bigger the beam.
Allan Moller is developing his own theme now. For the third week running he talked about a job that he didn’t take on…well maybe it was only the second week but it seemed like three weeks. He needs a session with The Inventor!!!!
All of this made for an amusing 60 seconds round.
It was Good Egg Award time and by an overwhelming majority the winner for all sorts of reasons was one of our white hunters,Alan Shaw. It was entirely coincidental that the colour of the Egg matched his bush ranger kit.
Given the paucity of numbers the referrals and testimonials round was surprisingly successful. 17 referrals and by the end of the day we were creeping up towards £10,000 worth of monies recorded.
The meeting drew to a close by 7.50am and we then took our instructions from Richard Reed and headed off to SNAP’s premises.Everyone but the White Hunter and Good Egg found it first go.
Any ambivalence that I might have felt was dispelled immediately by a presentation of how the Charity had grown over the years and its present set up
The enthusiasm of the staff and the effectiveness of the presentation made me feel that it really was a very worthwhile Charity that we are supporting and the immediate future should continue to support. They do seem to be very successfully fulfilling a genuine need in the community that local government could never provide. They are the very essence of what a good Charity should be and should do.
See…I am not always cynical.
I would thoroughly recommend anybody who was not in attendance to arrange to go and see the Charity in situ.
An excellent meeting and a very enjoyable morning. I am definitely looking forward to seeing you all again next week.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 7th July 2016.
A very good turnout, 24 members and one visitor, Robin Schapiro, who is an inventor…….nuff said!
Stuart Smallcombe provided a very excellent Ed Slot by not so much emphasising the importance of the 60 second round as the importance of us listening to everyone’s offering. He suggested eye contact and warned against people playing with their ‘phones. His fellow Naughty Cornerer , Mr Bullock, illustrated these short-comings in a very entertaining presentation.
Business Networking Blog, written by Jill Willis.
This week’s Essex Business Forum meeting was super busy, with 23 members in attendance.
Brian Painter of Pilgrim Hypnotherapy (standing in for Aidan Squire of Quality HR) chaired confidently. Guiding us all through the proceedings.
Headlines to take away and savour include;
1. Alan Moller, Cable Plan Electrician was awarded an “Outstanding performance” certificate and small gift token for his continued dedication to new member recruitment – well done Alan!
2. Scott Griffiths of Eseyo Web Design topped the performance league, with Alan Moller in second and Terry Maylin of TM Law in third.
3. Jo Eastwood of Liquorice scooped the 60 second award – for her wonderful display of wines that ‘make your bed rock’ – and a curious whiskey with a rather rude name…
4. We achieved £35k worth of new business
5. We passed 26 new referrals!
6. Visitor Keith Campbell from KJC Trade Consultancy Limited joined us, and showcased his expertise as an advisor to businesses thinking of importing, or exporting for the first time.
We hope to welcome him back next week!
7. Paul Booth celebrated tomorrow’s milestone. 10 years of Booth & Co Charted and Certified Accountants. Huge congratulations from us all.
We were reminded by Howard Bullock, of Clear Financial Advice, to recognise the difference between a referral and a lead.
“If I say my neighbour has a scruffy garden and needs a gardener, this is a lead. Whereas if I speak to my neighbour about their scruffy garden, say I know someone who can help, and they ask me to put them in contact, this is a referral”.
It is often tempting to pass leads to fellow Essex Business Forum colleagues, and of course they’ll also be received with thanks. But pre-qualified referrals is the reason we all visit each week! So let’s keep them coming.
The 60 second round had some interesting topics this week. With Nick Cooke of Nick Cooke & Associates Structural Engineers telling us a cautionary tale involving rats and roof timbers, Dean Caldon of Redstones Estate and Letting Agency keeping us up to date on the housing market post-Brexit, and Steve Roach of Phoenix FM talked about the huge benefits businesses can achieve by making the switch from print advertising in local newspapers, to radio.
Paul Booth, of Booth & Co Accountants gave an outstanding 10 minute presentation, helping us to navigate the minefield of capital gains tax. Leaving us in no doubt. We shouldn’t try to do it alone, and a certified and chartered accountant such as Paul is far better qualified to do this for us.
For more information on the services Paul provides, contact 01277 224666 or visit www.boothandco.co.uk
Next Week – Carmel, of Carmel Jane Photography will be capturing the meeting with her camera. So smiley faces please! Plus, the first Creative & Tech synergy meeting will take place following the meeting.
See you next week!
Jill (in for Aidan)
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 23rd June 2016
The rain was biblical in proportions as if the Gods were sneering at British humans holding something called a referendum and daring to think it might be important.
23 people fought through the deluge to Mary Green Manor for something far more important……a meeting of EBF.
Matt Barry’s first meeting as a member was accordingly auspicious. Scott Griffiths was in the lead in the Performance league.
David Plumley was held up by the deluge but arrived in time to deliver an Education slot that drew our attention to the significance of flyers that come through our door from tradesmen seeking business. They are an ideal source of potential visitors. So next week bring along all relevant flyers and we will look at them collectively. I think David was unsure of the reception he was likely to get, as he delivered his homily from the stairs. That or he was still badly affected by the floods!!!
The fate of the nation was also given passing reference in the 60 second round.
Dean mixed it up with the “Euros” which was far more interesting. Alan Shaw, after asking to be referred to Funeral Parlours uttered the memorable “……….euuuuuuuu….” and then sat down. Single handedly he carried the School of Whimsy this week.
Jo Jones is still looking for someone to massage on a Wednesday……come on guys!!!!!
Marcelle showed us a diamond the size of a tennis ball; Michael Adelissi maintained the sporting theme ,referring to Boxing but this was in relation to pipes in a wet room.
Paul Booth won the Oscar because he gave everyone Booth and Co. pens. This was not a prop……just simple bribery.
The numbers were good this week; in excess of £10,000 business recorded and 24 referrals.
There will be a new synergy team sexily named “Creative and Tech”. It will meet on the first Thursday of the month after our breakfast meeting. If you aspire to be either creative or tech come along….why not come along anyway!!!!
The stand in for the Ten minute presentation was none other than the star of the naughty corner, Howard Bullock. His grasp of his business and the services offered was vastly superior to his grasp of the projecting hardware but there had been a lot of rain and his technical assistant, the rain affected Plumley, were relevant factors. Good clear financial advice as always.
For those of you who have not done so yet check my email on the visit to Hyde Hall and try to be there.
I’m missing you already….I’ll see you in two weeks time.
This week’s Essex Business Forum meeting was quieter than usual (so many holidays!) with 18 members in attendance, but still as lively and worthwhile as always!
Feverishly multi-tasking, Brian Painter of Pilgrim Hypnotherapy (standing in for both Aidan Squire of Quality HR & David Plumley of Integrate Networks) chaired confidently. Guiding us all through the proceedings.
Headlines to take away and savour include;
1. Alan Moller, Cable Plan Electrician topped the performance league, with Scott Griffiths of Eseyo Web Design in second and Dean Caldon of Redstones Estate Agents in third.
2. Jo Jones of Jo Jones Health scooped the 60 second award – for a very physical and interactive stretching session!
3. Scott was presented with the award for May Network Leader.
4. Scott showed us his ‘referral snake’ (que Benny Hill theme tune) £6.5 million worth of referral slips saved for the records since the group began. Sensational!
5. New member Matt Barry joined us today, from graphic design business Blue Serif. We all welcome him and feel incredibly happy to have another stellar local business within our ranks.
We were given a taste of the poetic by Nick Cooke of Nick Cooke & Associates Structural Engineer.
In his engaging education slot Nick recited ‘The Business Man’. Quirky and a little ‘off the wall’, but then Nick is an outstanding structural engineer…
The 60 second round had some interesting topics this week. With Howard Bullock of Clear Financial Advice telling us about the work he is doing to refine client’s existing financial investments, to protect against any potential market fluctuations created as a result of the EU Referendum next week. New member Matt showcased his firm’s branding work, presenting an excellent example of logo development work for local client Mackenzie King.
Mike Rogers of The Mortgage Store gave an outstanding 10 minute presentation, explaining why, post-recession, an expert mortgage advisor is a fundamental part of securing a mortgage. We were left in no doubt that ‘better call Mike’ should be the phrase on every would-be buyer’s lips before attempting to secure a mortgage.
With all mortgages now having to be individually underwritten, and each lender choosing to take a different approach to how they choose to lend, the marketplace is a confusing minefield, which needs expert navigation. Not only that, but schemes such as the Government’s Equity Loan Scheme can leave first time buyers in a precarious position, if they don’t fully understand the future implications the loan will have.
Following some (as always) interesting stories, it was clear that Mike is capable of helping anyone who would like to get onto the mortgage ladder, or improve their existing mortgage…no matter how complex or unusual their situation may be.
For more information on the services Mike provides, contact 01268 573603 or visit www.the-mortgagestore.co.uk
FOR NEXT WEEK – The theme of the 60 second round will be BREXIT, and the B2C Synergy meeting will be taking place on Monday 20th at The George and Dragon 5pm. For more info contact Richard Reed of Prestige Holidays & Travel at email@example.com
The social picnic idea was confirmed. The two potential dates are Sunday 18th or 25th September.
Brian will be circulating a yes/no sheet next week. Please come with your diary and let’s get this fun day out confirmed!
See you next week!
Jill (in for Aidan)
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 9th June 2016.
20 Members were present with Graphic Designer Matt Barry and Insolvency Practitioner Mellissa Jackson present invited by Scott Griffiths and Paul Booth respectively.
Please remember for future weeks, those of you have successfully invited a visitor will have the pleasure of formally introducing them to the meeting. This will be after I have given details of any apologies for absence.
After a break of a couple of weeks I had taken stock of the contents of the Blog and note that over recent months I have made very little comment upon the sartorial accomplishments of our members. Let me try and put this right.
Brian Painter always presents a dapper image and this week was no exception. Other fashion matters that stood out included Lewis Hackney’s welcome to Summer; open collared yellow shirt and tailored shorts. Pride of place however must go to Jill Willis who wore trousers that were both eye catching and challenging. They were challenging because I had been racking my brains as to particular creature of the veldt the pattern represented. Was it tiger, puma or some type of cross breed. Jill might be able to enlighten but otherwise you are all welcome to have guess. It certainly caught my attention as she stood up and delivered a very effective Ed Slot. Her subject was the importance of using our EBF personal entries to ensure that they contain maximum information and link with website. The advice was both helpful and important but how many people will take her up on it remains to be seen. Some leopards never change their spots. ….was that a Freudian association!!!
As the 60 second round started the recently returned from holiday members apparently exhibited jet lags as well as tans. We can only hope that Peter Hood, Scott Griffiths and Paul Booth will be firing on all cylinders in the next day or so.
As to presentation, the School of Whimsy was fully represented and in good form. Nick Cooke continues his exploration of structural faults. Last week he talked about cracks, this week it was sagging roofs which result from people going up into their attic and taking out bits of wood to enable them to get their luggage in. Brian Painter was defusing a OCD Dentist who not only scrubbed up well herself but tried to scrub up her family both husband and children. Brian resolved it. For a pittance.
Alan Shaw however probably takes pride of place amongst his fellow Whimsies. He went to the Rolling Stones Exhibition and discovered that they took an architect on tour with them to make sure the stage design was at its best. You get the impression he feels he has missed out on a particular course that his career could have taken. Heaven knows how we would have viewed the Beverly Sisters if Alan had been involved with them. Howard Bullock, prime mover of the Naughty Corner was whimsical himself. He talked of how to boil frogs. Now that there is a strong possibility of Britain leaving the EU we are at last starting to explore continental habits.
Other efforts included Jo Eastwood parading her European beers and; pride of place going to a brew from the Trappist Monks which was strong enough to render you speechless.
Mike Rogers declared that he had 10 files on his desk and promptly was awarded the Oscar by Marcelle. What would have happened if he had had 20 files.
The 10 minute presentation was a Peter Hood special. It started without any pictures on the screen, he started his presentation and then suddenly the screen lit up. We saw images of toilets and hand basins before and after. There is a rumour that next time he does a presentation he will run the same pieces of bathroom furniture but will include the occupants using them. In one instance I suspect you only need one occupant to use both facilities simultaneously but I am pleased to be able to testify that you could tell the difference between before and after. To be fair to Peter, he appears to have dealt with and overcome very difficult situations not least Alan Shaw demonstrating a leak with a movement of his hands that was more representative of a fountain than a leak.
We finally moved to a very positive referrals and testimonials round and it was a good advertisement for our visitors. There is a good prospect that at least one of our visitors will join. Whilst we are talking about visitors do not forget that Terry’s request that we all review our recent invitations and re-approach people who appear to have some interest in joining.
Well, that’s your lot for this week, I look forward to seeing you all again next week.
Business networking meeting review (19th May) by Jill Willis
This week’s Essex Business Forum meeting was a bustling success.
Brian Painter of Pilgrim Hypnotherapy (doing his best impersonation of Aidan Squire of Quality HR) chaired confidently, and guided us all through the proceedings.
Headlines to take away and savour include;
1. Scott Griffiths of Eseyo Web Design topped the performance league, with Terry Maylin of TM Law coming in second and Mike Rogers of The Mortgage Store in third.
2. David Plumley of Integrate Networks scooped the 60 second award – for a very theatrical warning on the perils of not protecting sufficiently against ransomware attacks against workplace IT systems.
3. Carmel Jane gave an outstanding presentation, showcasing the range of commercial and consumer photographic services she provides from her professional studio.
4. £46k of business passes at today’s meeting – a smoking hot figure!
5. 18 new referral opportunities – well done folks!
We were all reminded of the value of one-to-one meetings with fellow members by David Plumley. In his engaging education slot David outlined the importance of maintaining a continual cycle of member one-to-ones and suggested we each mix things up a little to keep the meetings exciting and relevant. Perhaps organising a group ‘one-to-one’, think adhoc synergy meeting. Bringing together a small group (perhaps up to 5) fellow members, and each taking 10 minutes to talk in more detail about their specialism and how other members can help them to attract new business. Perhaps consider alternative venues, or get into the habit of scheduling one-to-one meetings to take place in the lounge at Mary Green Manor following Thursday’s EBF breakfast. Most importantly though, use the one-to-one form as your discussion framework, and start meeting. Getting to know your fellow members, and building trust and confidence, is the first step to cultivating referrals.
The 60 second round had some interesting topics this week. With Nick Cooke, of Nick Cooke & Associates Structural Engineers telling us about a current project he’s involved with…relating to a bank, and the installation of some seriously heavy weight safes. Jo Jones of Jo Jones Massage & Fitness used Paul Booth of Booth & Co Accountants (A.K.A The Body) as her prop…tape measure in hand! Brian Johnston of Insightful Environments talked about the dangers of poor posture in the workplace and Brian Painter of Pilgrim Hypnotherapy gave us all the heebeegeebees when he talked of regressing a client to a past life. All in all a very entertaining and informative round.
Carmel Jane, of Carmel Jane Photography wowed us all with her sensational portfolio presentation. With exceptional images taken at a range of her photographic shoots; from dance school shows, to commercial head shots, actor head shots, fashion & event imagery, family portraits and even sports shots from the ropes of a boxing match. The quality of her work, photographic credentials and level of professionalism shone through.
After taking lots of interesting questions from the floor, Carmel reminded EBF members that her studio based commercial head shot package is available for £75 (usual price for non-members £95). So we were all left thinking that a trip to her studio at Stubbers Farm, Ingatestone will be on the cards soon.
For more information on the photographic services Carmel Jane Photography offers contact Carmel via http://www.carmeljane.co.uk/contact.php
With 23 members in attendance, I’m sure you’ll all agree, once again we have a solid demonstration of the value EBF brings to each of our businesses.
See you next week!
Jill (in for Aidan)