Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 1st October 2015.
We are maintaining our current average of attendance with 20 in all including Alex Easton from a prestigious UK hotel chain who expressed some interest in joining the group.
There was obviously something he saw in us and I thought I might use this Blog to explore what a visitor might have taken from today’s meeting.
First there was the Ed Slot, Nick Cooke presiding. His presentation was in praise of the business card. He called it the paper handshake, he extolled its virtues and simplicity, no electricity needed to power any devices. Nick is so fascinated by these objects of personal advertisement that he keeps little boxes at home with cards in them that he constantly reviews. He sensuously runs his finger along the smooth edges, checks the backs, to see if anything is written on them and he seems to have a genuine affection for these “Bad Boys”. I have to say he made me handle the business card box with a little more reverence that I usually do and later I am going to try rubbing Quality HR Business Card against my pullover to see if I can create electricity.
Our visitor would have also seen for himself the outcome of the month’s performance league and Paul Booth’s triumph which he would not quite have appreciated was as regular as it has in fact become. Come on guys we don’t want Paul Booth to do any less well than he has been doing, it would simply be nice for us all to raise our performance to Paul’s level. Surely the benefits must be obvious to all of us.
Perhaps our visitor was particularly impressed by the 60 second round. As if by some pre-ordained magic the first up was Christian Cuvelier who immediately took up Nick Cooke’s business card theme. He intimated that the other side of the business card was where dark arts were practised and I could see Nick Cooke visibly wince when he suggested that business cards could have round corners…whatever next!!
The Naughty Corner behaved itself, Messrs Smallcombe, Bullock and Caldon were well behaved to a fault. Richard Willis and Paul Booth had of course moved away from said Naughty Corner, Paul standing in for David Plumley and Richard just apparently wanting a change of scenery. Have we discovered the malevolent influences that corrupt the souls of otherwise sensible members?
One thing that would have struck our visitor this week was that everybody was provided with a glass of red Pino Noir. Maybe he thought that this was the regular accompaniment to our sausage and bacon…it did make a change, thanks Jo!!!
I was of course talking about Jo Eastwood. Jo Jones rather surprisingly was hawking her “takeaway service”. Apparently you can buy a takeaway programme from her that will allow you to both exercise at home and in the gym of your choice. This makes a refreshing change from a the average Indian or Chinese takeaway that simply encourages slovenly behaviour on a settee in front of the television.
It was nice to see Marcelle again, going back to basics. She extolled the virtues of solitaire diamonds and told us about the current popularity of yellow and rose gold that is being used in settings.
We did have 3 offerings that seemed to have been themed. Terry Maylin talked of accident claims, Lewis Hackney talked about accidents that he had suffered removing decking and replacing with block paving and Kevin Brooks told of the care he had to take in removing a chimney stack from a roof that could have come crashing down.
What was a lively 60 second round was topped by Scott Griffiths taking the Oscar with his plea for customers who were looking for assistance with email marketing.
Our visitor would not have seen any sartorial excesses this week. It was only the dedicated sock watchers who would have spotted the blue circles on Stuart Smallcombe’s socks, the green and grey stripes on Scott Griffiths and Kevin Brooks polka dot offering;slightly more subdued than last week.
Scott Griffiths reported to us as Meeting Secretary that September produced just £100.00 short of £70,000.00s worth of business recorded, which represented a good average performance for a month that saw a lot of people away on holiday.
By the end of the meeting 20 referrals were passed, so a good end to September and a positive start to October. Our figures over the last 3 or 4 months could not have failed to have impressed our visitor.
Maybe Paul Booth’s multi tasking impressed our visitor. Immediately prior to breakfast Paul pushed on with new recruitment drive and we look forward to next week to see if any progress was made in recruiting decorators. Don’t forget to pass onto Stuart or Peter any decorators that can be added to the list already provided or names to contact that you recognise from the list that is to be circulated via the email.
I am sure the breakfast impressed our visitor and similarly the 10 minute presentation which saw Richard Reed flashing up tantalising pictures of holiday destinations whilst explaining the passion he obviously has for his business.
So there we have it, our first meeting of a 5 meeting month which left us all in good spirits as we all ventured out into the world of sunshine and clear blue skies.
Our visitor might even return next week, he certainly promised as much.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, 24th September 2015.
There is a pattern here… everyone who doesn’t have the obligation of talking children on holiday take their holidays in September.
This perhaps rather obvious perception was fully supported by today’s turnout with our group being down to 17 members, supplemented by our visitor Indigo Gallastegi, the business manager from Santander.
Any lack of numbers in no way stemmed the usual enthusiasm exhibited in our meetings.
Brian Painter stood in for David Plumley, our Education and Development Officer and he introduced the Ed Slot that was graced by our current “Good Egg” Paul Booth. His theme was the importance of recruitment and the sort of things to look out for in trying to recruit visitors to the meeting. Not only was it useful but it tied in with the renewal of our autumn recruitment drive which Brian Painter addressed us on immediately prior to breakfast. Paul Booth will be his torch bearer whilst he is away on holiday for 3 meetings. May I ask you all to download Brian’s email of the 22nd September and read it through carefully. Paul will be asking you questions on it next week!!!
If the renewal of hostilities on the recruitment front was something of a theme this week, the fashion conscious amongst us also struck a theme.
Howard Bullock sported an Aquamarine Tee Shirt which set off rather nicely his Kakhi shaded slacks. Not to be outdone Brian Painter was sporting an Aquamarine Shirt with attractive pink tie. Because he finished up standing in front of us for the 10 minute presentation we were also able to observe Kevin Brooks rather lurid shaded…yes you guessed it…pink socks poking out from rather stylish loafers. This splash of colour was most welcome on a drab morning. Truly colourful fashion statements and not a woman in sight!!!
So much for the sartorial themes, what of the 60 second round itself. The Naughty Corner was very much in evidence, this week Messrs Bullock and Smallcombe were joined by Richard Willis who was not too shabby himself on the sartorial front with a delicate pale blue jacket.
So what of the School of Whimsy?…not such a good showing from them. Its most prominent member, Alan Shaw, was not with us to delight in the irrelevant and Nick Cooke was rather disappointing in his accurate and rather faultless explanation of exactly what he did, why he did it and how it arose. Even Brian Painter was only regaling us with someone who had an inferiority complex. Apparently she had a mother who was always right….. I thought that was a characteristic of motherhood. Anyway lads of the Whimsy, next week it’s time to up your game and produce offerings that none of us can fathom.
Richard Reed was back from holiday and this aforementioned holiday appeared to have relaxed him. He told of his ability to deal with all the big players in the travel industry and all was proceeding in a very relaxed way. Finally however he couldn’t resist…a 14 night cruise without having to fly to the starting point… £1,459.00 for the first passenger, £728.90 for the second. I haven ‘t the slightest idea where it went from or where it went too, but everything seemed back to normal with our travel organiser.
Several members were looking for something simple! Paul Booth was looking for local and small, Alan Moller was fault finding, Richard Willis was copy writing, Lucinda was appealing to all types of human endeavour, Kim Redwood-Lee was asking us to all to keep track of our bank balance and Stuart Smallcombe told of his internet services. Jo Jones was selling her boot camp and Jo Eastwood was advising on the appropriate bottle to take with you when you were a guest at a dinner party. Because she brought several bottles some rather luridly named, Jo Jones adjudicated Jo Eastwood the winner of the Oscar. She certainly produced the talking point for the remainder of the meeting. Well done Jo.
So what of the Meeting Secretary’s Report, well given that September has turned into “Holiday September”, £29,000.00 worth of business written and finally about 18 referrals maintained a good month of business.
After breakfast it was Kevin Brooks with a presentation that very effectively used the television to show off one or two of his projects. For those of us who were not totally distractd by the pink socks it was an excellent presentation by one of our longest serving and most effective members.
Things to look out for; a wine tasting on 7th October at Jo Eastwood’s place. If by the time you read this Blog you haven’t received the email, mention it so that Jo knows whether or not we have received the details.
I missed you all so much last week I am really looking forward to next week already.
Business Networking Blog for meeting on Thursday 17th of September 2015
Now that was a good meeting wasn’t it? Almost up to capacity around the horse shoe. Once again, Brian Painter our resident Hypnotherapist was charge of the meeting whilst our chairman Aidan was elsewhere this week.
Now let me see. We had 20 members and one guest and before I go any further let me just give our guest a special mention. His name was Anthony Payne and he is the Business Development Manager for a specialist cleaning company called Monthind. On hearing his brief presentation during the 60 second round, it was clear that he offers an excellent service and would be a very good addition to our group.
To kick things off, Scott informed us of this week’s winners of the performance league and it was David Plumley who was the outright winner with Paul Booth in second place and Kevin Radford bringing up the rear for the 3 chart toppers.
Following hot on the tail of the performance league statistics was the Education Slot delivered by our Solicitor Terry Maylin. The gist of what was basically a reminder to us all that we should not to take our attendance of the group for granted. And that we should make a particular effort about what we’re going to say in our 6o second presentation. Terry also reminded us all that we have the monthly synergy meetings and our 1 to 1 meetings which give us all an opportunity to meet in a different environment and chat about other business related matters and where we can find out more about our fellow members.
As always, our individual presentations during the 60 second round were a pretty mixed bag, mostly very good. We were all reminded of the respective services that we offer and in particular the type of work we were looking for. And it was our very own Madonna aka Jo Jones our very own Personal Trainer who delivered a memorable presentation and deservedly won the Oscar for her performance.
Kevin our Builder was scheduled to deliver a 10 min presentation on his business this week but due to work commitments he was unable to do so. Instead we had an open questions and answers session. This was an opportunity for anyone to ask a question to any other member in the group about what they did, what could do and what they might know. We do these Q&A sessions from time to time and they are always useful, interesting and educational and this one was no exception.
The Rugby World Cup starts this week and it was Dean Caldon our Estate Agent who suggested to the meeting that it would be a great idea to have a sweepstake, the tickets for which were then sold for a modest two pounds each. Needless to say, they all got snapped up very quickly. Personally, I am quietly confident that Namibia is going to do particularly well. Ha.
The business referral round went very well as usual with a fair bit of business being passed between the respective members of the group. The subsequent Referral Reality Check which reviews the previous week’s referrals demonstrated quite clearly that the system was working very well indeed.
Once again, we had an excellent meeting. The business flowed in the right direction and we all had a good time. The breakfast wasn’t bad either. In fact it was superb. It always is.
As always, happy networking to you all.
Nick the Structural Engineer
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday September 2015.
Fortunately it was a nice but bright crisp morning as 10 of us stood outside the golf club until 6.45, the rest arriving shortly on our heels. I think the fresh air did us all good.
Kevin was on a “Kevin” as also was Kevin and Christian too. As well as those on holiday, lots of apologies for absence which is better than nothing.
It was therefore 16 of us that came to order at about 7.10 am
Due to a lack of numbers, most co-operated by moving up the table towards the top to create a cosier atmosphere. The Naughty Corner of Bullock and Booth stayed where they were although both Dean Caldon and Stuart Smallcombe displayed more common sense than allegiance and came up the table.
The meeting kicked off; of course David Plumley immediately transported to the far end of the table next to the Naughty Corner to deliver the Ed Slot. This Ed Slot was a reminder of the importance of the meeting for presenting yourself and in particular the 60 Second Presentation. He was keen to point out that errs and ums should be avoided and that produced some confusion when the 60 Second Round began in earnest…..for the umers and the errers that is.
On matters sartorial, striped shirts both pink and blue were much in evidence. Rather sadly I overheard a conversation by someone with a pink shirt with a blue stripe indicating that he had a matching blue one with a pink stripe. Apparently he was not the only one. To be fair this was a conversation that took place outside the club house whilst we were waiting to be let in and I suppose it passed the time.
It was a meeting of revelations.
Prime revelation; Stuart Smallcombe confirmed that cat 5 could do the 100 metres at 100 miles per hour, cat 6 could do the 100 meters at 1000 miles an hour. Fibre optic can do the 100 meters at 10,000 miles per hour. Yes it’s all about cabling.
Revelation number 2; there are 8.4 million smokers and in every year they each accumulate a litre of tar in their lungs. Apparently enough to surface the M1 and more. It is more the thought of said smokers moving up and down as motorway coughing up tar that might have put me off my breakfast. Enough to make you long for the good old fashioned pavement oyster. Yes of course it was Brian Painter who regaled us with this information.
Revelation number 3 came from Nick Cooke. He was called to a bungalow in Vange to check that roof alterations had not damaged the structure of the roof. Apparently prospective purchasers wanted their minds put at rest and that’s just what he did. So where’s the revelation there you ask? well …I didn’t know anybody every moved into Vange… only out.
Revelation number 4; there is a beer called “Faceless Spreadsheet Ninja” Jo Eastwood brought it along and presented it to the member who most seemed to fit the description…Paul Booth of course.
The next Revelation came from David Plumley who said that Windows 10 is OK.
Howard Bullock revealed that he was particularly keen to meet 35 year old men who had a wife and child. I do not k now whether this is a revelation or not but I thought would mention it.
Revelation of the day that won the Oscar was from Dean Caldon who told us of changes to the law as from the 1st October 2015 that would affect Landlords. Smoke and Carbon Dioxide alarms will be compulsory and some deregulation. Richard Reed who was awarding the Oscar felt this was both interesting and informative and Dean was the worthy winner.
Quite a good 60 second round really.
Despite our small numbers our Meeting Secretary was able to confirm in excess of £18,000.00 worth of business recorded and 18 referrals by the end of the meeting, which is a very encouraging outcome from the meeting.
Paul Booth delivered the report on the Synergy Team Meeting that took place on last Tuesday for the Finance Group.
We went into breakfast upbeat with the knowledge that there was extra food to be eaten to cover those who were missing.
I am as to how to report on the 10 minute presentation. At first sight it looked as if Alan Shaw had well and truly espoused technology. He was all set up with lap top and TV screen and then one or two illustrations scattered on the sofas in front of him.
His espousal of technology was somewhat dented by the need for David Plumley to spend some minutes exhibiting his own skill with computers but at last it was all ready, the screen lit up and we got brief glimpses of the Alan Shaw business set up. It quickly moved to a rather impressive presentation of a building that was destined for the Sea Front at Westcliff. It’s design apparently did not see light of day but it formed an interesting back drop whilst Alan delivered what turned out to be quite a polished performance in selling his wares. This had been mirrored in the 60 second Round when he talked about feasibility studies and what type of customers or clients he was looking for. I was rather hoping for something the equivalent of the brick in the cistern but no such revelation emerged. We were left with, rather disappointedly in my view, a very well put together 10 minutes that prompted several questions and also gave us food for thought in looking for referrals for Alan.
Well done Alan.
I have nothing more to add other than to remind you that you will be condemned next week to the tender mercies of our Pilgrim. I will see you the following week and I look forward to reading a Blog that is describing a well attended successful meeting.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 3rd September 2015.
Members are starting to drift back. A good turnout brought out 21 of our members with 1 visitor Iain Hargreaves who is a Caterer.
Nick Cooke was not present but he is to be congratulated on his comprehensive win in the Performance League for the month of August; what with that and writing the Blog last week it was probably exhaustion although he did find the strength to tender his apologies. Look forward to seeing you next week Nick.
The Ed Slot had Richard Willis guesting and he hit us with technology straight away. He produced a flip chart….. and presented us with the acronym SMART. It was something of an insight into a positive approach into building your business and the question of the week for all of you but Richard. Please put in your comments the key words that go to make up the acronym SMART.
Not only did we have a detailed Ed Slot to think about but I had, what is becoming a more regular pleasure of inducting a new Member. Lucinda Wilson has now joined our ranks and was formally welcomed.
It had already been a busy meeting before we hit the 60 second round. Most of the usual suspects were in place. The NaughtyCorner was fully stocked, and the School of Whimsy was only lacking Nick Cooke. Sadly, on the sartorial side there was little to write home about but mention perhaps should be made of David Plumley’s “plum” coloured pully.
The inter play of “cause” and “effect”. There used to be a dog that lived next door to me that barked every time a hot air balloon appeared and flew over our house. The dog I am sure was convinced that his continued barking saw the balloon off. I am haunted by a similar feeling when Peter Hood tells of all the leaks that he attends to… If I did not know better from his various ministrations at my house I would probably be of a similar mind to next door’s dog.
It’s fair to say that the Naughty Corner actually behaved itself this week, probably due to post holiday euphoria that will no doubt disappear next week. Stuart Smallcombe gave an impeccable 60 seconds explaining who he was, what his company does and what work he is looking for. Howard Bullock likewise gave clear information about cashing in your pension and 3 reasons why you should reconsider. Kevin Radford is about to depart on holiday and did not want manufacturing clients…much. Dean Caldon was clear and concise “…we are sales and letting agents, that’s what we do”.
The School of Whimsy were similarly straight laced. Alan Shaw explained that he designed buildings although he did talk about visiting someone and being contacted 3 months later. He did not say whether he remembered this immediately when contacted or not. Brian Painter explained that 1 in 4 of us go to the doctor with stress and are medicated. Of course he recommended, as a far better alternative, non invasive hypnotherapy. Not to worry, relief is at hand for those of us who like a bit of whimsy. Jo Jones, anticipating her 10 minutes simply told us not to eat too much. Jo Eastwood produced bottles of Rose and got to the 4th of 6 andthen was belled out and sat down. Christian Cuvelier said he had a quiet week and therefore was developing “something stationary”. I won’t tell if you don’t Christian.
The winner of the Oscar this week was Donna Evans who won it in my eyes when she didn’t groan at the announcement of her turn. She told us who she was what she wanted and just in case any of you missed it “Shutters”. Well done Donna.
Despite Jo Jones’s admonishments we all then tucked into breakfast.
It was Jo Jones’s first 10 minute presentation. Despite her obvious nervousness, or perhaps because of this, she produced an excellent presentation with full use of technology (the TV Screen and her laptop) but also props which included dumb bells Paul Booth and Allan Moller. It was a really good presentation, indeed almost inspirational. I am considering my position on this.
Finally Paul Booth, standing in for Scott Griffiths as Meeting Secretary provided some good numbers. Last month we acknowledged £78,410 worth of business with 68 referrals. This keeps up our average in what is often the slowest month of the year with holidays. This week saw 22 referrals and lots of new business acknowledged, a good start to the month of September not only as to numbers but also to the quality and size of the meeting. A full house next week would be good!!!
Business Networking meeting Review for 27th August – written by our member Nick Cooke
Well, another good meeting under our belts. Not too many people present but that the way it is at this time of year.
Brian Painter our resident Hypnotherapist stood in for our chairman Aidan Squire and a fine job he did of it too.
It wasn’t until the 60 second had got underway that Brian asked for a volunteer. It was a little warm in the room and I stood up simply to take my jacket off at that precise point in time. Unfortunately my rising was mistaken as volunteering so I was given the onerous responsibility of preparing this week’s blog. So here goes:
As always, our various 60 seconds were a mixed bag but all of them, well at least most of them, did the trick nicely. We said who we were, what we did and the sort of work we were looking for this week. The format of our 60 second presentations was in fact the subject of the weekly Education Slot delivered in the usual impeccable style by our Systems Analyst and Engineer, aka the computer guy David Plumley. Isn’t he great?
The winner of the Oscar for the best 60 seconds last week was Jo Eastwood of Liquorice fame who has been with us for a few weeks now. So it was her duty this week to award it to another lucky recipient who was Lewis Hackney our Hard Landscaping Specialist who mentioned on a few occasions how he kept getting soaked all the time. So wet landscaping as well as hard landscaping it would seem.
Our other new member Lucinda Wilson gave us all a couple of testimonials that she had received for providing her recruitment services. Always great to hear testimonials from the group members.
Breakfast was great as usual and then it was time for the weekly 10 minute presentation. It was Jo Eastwood’s turn for this and so keen she was to get to the meeting in time that she had to break into the building and she set off the alarm! Her keenness can only be admired. Jo’s presentation was very professional and slick. She showed a series of very clear pictures of her modern off-licence including the a new feature that she has recently incorporated in the building, a tasting room. This is part of her new marketing strategy. Jo is planning to hold corporate team building events, hen nights, pre dinner drinks and weekly tutored tastings for wine, beer, gin, whisky and most other drinks too. Jo also provides a Pod Bar which enables her customers to sample wine at any time of the day. Well done Jo an excellent 10 minutes.
The referral round managed to drum up a little work for the group. Not a bad performance for the group for the last week in August.
All in all a good meeting. I know we are all looking forward to next week even though it’s going to be a little darker in the morning. Soon be Christmas eh?
Happy networking to you all. Nick
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 20th August 2015
Lots of Members on holiday but as with the first two weeks of this month, a really good turn out by those who are back in Blighty working. 19 Members in all and a visitor from a recruitment company who is threatening to return next week.
Our visitor was introduced by Scott Griffith’s and it was Scott who delivered the Ed Slot. It took the form of guidance as to how our 60 second presentation should be delivered to qualify for the Oscar and it was a useful reminder of us all to make sure we have the structure of introducing ourselves and our business, explaining what we do, and why we should be recommended, the clients that we are looking for with a Tag Line or a Prop if possible. With that guidance ringing in our ears we went full tilt in to the 60 second round.
It was a slightly “quieter” 60 second round, largely due to the disappearance of the naughty corner. This was due to its principal occupants being away on holiday and those who weren’t, deserting the area leaving 3 seats empty… well, that was until our ranks were boosted during the 60 round by the late but welcome arrival of Christian Cuvelier who occupied one of the 3 vacant seats, but generally behaved himself.
And what of the School of Whimsy this week? Well, to be frank, a bit dull and boring. Nick Cooke, perhaps overwhelmed by the responsibility of awarding the Oscar told us just what he does, the designing of steel beams where owners are looking to take down a wall in their house. Alan Shaw was not much better, he explained he was an architect, that he designed buildings and did feasibility studies. Come on lads…
The movements other participant, Brian Painter went some way towards redeeming the groups esteem. He told of a client who would only eat commercial mashed potatoes. Wasn’t it a small alien creature in the Smash adverts who looked askance at the potatoes as opposed to the powdered product. Anyway, this client could not stomach the real thing. There was a gag in there somewhere…
It was nice to see Marcelle back, she was parading the virtues of the green Peridot. It is for 16th wedding anniversaries, its scale of hardness is 6 ½ . Well so far as Oscar nominations are concerned, she told us who she was, she told us what she was selling,described it clearly and told us whom she was looking for (people with 16th wedding anniversaries). She then signed off saying again who she was. Surely a candidate for the Oscar.
With their numbers swelled to 5 by our guest the ladies stood in as a good substitute for the naughty corner. Useless pieces of information from Jo Jones, “I treat little niggles…” and Donna Evans, “ I worked for a lady in Billericay who did not like me…”…..and finally Jo Eastwood, who threw caution to the wind and to everybody’s delight served us all up with a small measure of a rum caramel drink. When I say rum I am referring to the drink rather than using it as an adjective. She ran very energetically nay manically round the table and had us all taste. I think we all warmed to and were warmed by the drink. I saved a just a little bit of the portion to add to the baked beans… it certainly helped perk them up.
And so we came to the adjudication for the Oscar Nick Cooke who declared himself mindful of all of Scott’s guidance and then went with his heart and chose Jo for supplying us all with a drink….. oh Nick Nick Nick, “..blow in his ear and he’ll follow you anywhere…”
Not that I am complaining about a member who supplied me with a drink in the morning and generally, confidently presents her 60 seconds. Well done Jo.
We had a Synergy Team Report this week from Richard Reed from the Business to Consumer Group which confirmed a very useful meeting.
So we broke for breakfast and resumed with a 10 minute presentation by guess who…Nick Cooke!!! Nick is an assured performer and principally treated us to an explanation of his role in party wall awards. Most of us have had cause to either use of recommend Nick’s services over the years and his expertise and confidence cannot be in doubt. Let’s see what we can specifically find for him this week.
The referrals round produced at least as many referrals as there were Members present which is always a good test. Let’s see if, as next week is the final week in August, we can maintain the numbers both in people attending and business passed.
I look forward to seeing you all then.
Our monthly synergy meeting for those fitting a B2C business profile was held on Monday and despite this being the holiday season we had six in attendance.
Our “Around the Table” topic this time was “could our businesses have a referral system & what type of incentive could it offer”?
As you can imagine this led to much debate with suggestions and recommendations being made by all.
A most worthwhile hour, my thanks to those present.
NOTE: These meetings take place on the third Monday of the month at the George & Dragon, Mountnessing & start at 5pm.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 13th August 2015.
With so many on holiday this week it was a very pleasant surprise to have 19 members present. There resulted a very good meeting.
In the Ed Slot David Plumley reviewed all of the possible things we could do in one week as members of EBF and it was a useful reminder.
This followed a performance league report from Scott Griffiths. His mum’s on holiday this week so of course, it was left to him. The figures did not get entered up. The moral of this situation, “don’t leave a boy to do a mothers work”. Things would only get better.
So the 60 second round kicked off with the Naughty Corner almost fully stocked; Messrs Booth, Bullock, Radford and Caldon were all in place. Only Stuart Smallcombe was missing. The School of Whimsy was fully represented,. Messes Shaw, Cooke and Painter sitting there raring to go. The Naughty Corner was supplemented by the Bard of Hadleigh who started off by asking for a pound for every time anyone said that “they were very careful” and presumably not in need of insurance and he finished talking about Mr Durrant with a pressure hose being invasive in a way that enabled him to produce a fairly healthy insurance claim. This was probably the best from the Naughty Corner but run a close second by Dean Caldon declaring that he now had a sales progression team at Redstones.
It was the School of Whimsy that outshone all rivals. Nick Cooke read an extract of a letter from his optician. He appeared to do this without glasses which I thought was quite clever. This was in fact a simile of how he helps people with structural surveys. You would be blind not to see how good a deal this was. Not to be outdone Alan Shaw explained how he has been instructed to design a sky room. Rather than this being some massive monument to the Murdock empire it was in fact a posh conservatory. Brian Painter produced 2 post cards from ex-smokers, both of whom had managed to kick the habit and was happy with the outcome for different reasons. Unlike Nick Cooke he did not read from them. The three of them get the prize for bizarre offerings of the week.
If Richard Reed had started quicker he might have got his list of special offers in, the best of which seemed to be 5 star hotels in Crete and Lanzarote in September. Usefully his follow up email during the day gave us all the information we needed.
Donna Evans produced a substantial prop in the form of a display book that showed all different types of blinds and curtain patterns in one. It was a sort of mezze of her products and apparently it cost her £150.00. Maybe this is the answer for the Greek economy
Jo Eastwood was inducted earlier in the meeting and as our most recent new member she rather scarily warned us against drink driving, sclerosis of the liver and generally put the damper on those who like a tipple. I assume that this was an opening salvo so that she could unashamedly in coming weeks ply her trade and be confident that she could answer any criticism with the words “Don’t say I didn’t warn you …”
On the morbid side, Kevin Brooks told of a funeral home that had been badly damaged by fire and how his team were rewiring the fridges in the morgue which apparently presented a working environment that his employees did not entirely appreciate.
Peter Hood looked as if he was going to tell a tale of a great job of renovation and something different from his usual stories about lavatories. However the room he was renovating was a downstairs WC… so no change there then!!
With the sound of Scott Griffiths still selling his bricks the 60 second round came to an end. He was awarding the Oscar and Nick Cooke was the worthy winner because of his extended simile of the optician. Scott then followed up with the Meeting Secretary’s report when he somewhat redeemed himself by confirming figures for the meeting of 24 referrals and £23,150.00 worth of business recorded.
There was a Synergy Team report for the Finance Group. Please note next week on Monday there will be the Business to Consumer Synergy Team Meeting.
We reached breakfast in good order and the 10 minute presentation that followed breakfast was a very careful explanation from Terry Maylin of how alternative remedies to the Court system were starting to replace a good old punch up in court. Mediation is his weapon of choice and he gave a very clear explanation as to how it worked. There is no excuse for you not to keep him busy and subsequent referrals seemed to illustrate this; a good clear performance.
And so with a very healthy referrals and testimonials round the meeting drew to a close. Please all make the same effort next week as you have this week to keep the numbers up in these holiday times. This month could turn out to be our best month so far this year in terms of business and that would represent a great effort.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 6th August 2015.
A really great turnout. 22 members, a 23rd in Jo Eastwood who has applied to join us. The rest on holiday.
It’s always a lively meeting when we have a full house, this meeting was no exception.
The Performance League with the results of last month once again had Paul Booth way out in front with 390 points. Our target therefore for this month, if all of us could do half what he did in July, is probably the most successful month ever, well done Paul.
The Ed Slot was delivered by our Pilgrim, resplendent in livery that included a turquoise shirt. On the question of shirts, a quick count revealed 3 checked, Messer’s Brooks, Cooke and Booth and 5 striped, Messrs Squire, Smallcombe, Reed, Griffiths and Bullock.
Anyway, Brian Painter’s Ed Slot was aimed at the 60 second presentations and amply demonstrated what we should and should not do with regard to our deportment together with with one or two unrepeatable throw away lines that put us all in a good frame of mind for the rest of the meeting.
My report on the 60 second round is the quiz which I put out to all of those in attendance. The idea is that you should give the names for members who delivered the following information in the order that I am listing them. Please therefore provide the name of the member against the following statements:
- I was getting disheartened with my job, almost gave it up but I have been inspired by Paul Booth’s waist line.
- I have picked out at random one of my customers feedback sheets and it says as follows…
- We will be working at the Royal Opera House when it has its bottom parts opened up.
- This has nothing to do with my business, but I am selling bricks at £25.00 per time
- Who says I don’t have fun
- PDQ slips cannot be used as a valid VAT receipt
- You can use us as a one shop stop
- Don’t invest with banks, move it out
- She wanted to rake her pile carpet
- Craft beers are hip-hop
- I want to show you this radio (and it won the Oscar)
Scott will be the final arbiter of the winner or winners who will get points for getting everyone in correct order.
The Meeting Secretary’s Report that followed the 60 second round confirmed that after the £118,000 recorded business for June, July was in excess of £80,000. This week we got almost half way towards last month’s total with £46,805 worth of new business recorded. That coupled this week with as many referrals as we had members present represents a very successful networking group.
Brian Painter announced the recruitment drives holiday until 1st October 2015. Don’t let that stop you from reviewing previous contacts made and trying to encourage visitors in the interim from information previously collated.
We were upbeat heading into breakfast and afterwards we were treated to a Howard Bullock presentation. It was an excellent effort with lots of graphs and colours and the beaming Mr Bullock adding credence to the whole thing. We really must push referrals to him if only for the good of the person being referred.
At the end of the meeting there were one or two apologies for absence due to holidays etc for next week, so let’s all of us who are not otherwise engaged on holiday make every effort to be there next week. If it is as good as this week who would want to miss it!!
Final message from me is a reminder, if a reminder were necessary, that it is the Garden Party at my place on Sunday 9th August 2015, 1pm. Even if you had not been able to commit but now can, please come along. You can pay Mr Booth afterwards if you have not done so already at the very reasonable price of £12.00 if you are drinking and £8.00 if you are not, children free.
I hope Sue and I can welcome as many of you as you as possible.