Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 27th November 2014.
On the attendance front it was good news / bad news. Starting with the bad news, only 18 members in attendance; Janis Bentley-Pearson always tries to do her bit by signing in 2 spaces but I am afraid it was only 18. Good news, Ian Chance Business Development Manager for Godiva Print attended as Scott Griffiths‘ guest and expressed a positive interest in joining.
As the performance league continues Kim Redwood-Lee continues to stay out front. Not only did she maintain her lead in this particular league, she also won the good egg award for her overall performance in referring, introducing visitors and her charitable efforts, generally exhibiting the sort of quality that we look for in our EBF Members (a Good Egg).
The Ed Slot was a David Plumley special, a list of 10 things not to do if you wish to be a successful networker of the group. Some I felt were somewhat slightly bemused but it was a good catalogue of the don’ts for the successful networker.
So did the lack of quantity in numbers in the 60 second round mean quality?
Neal Lewer declared his books closed. Christmas is a busy time of the year for carpenters. He is one of a long line starting with a certain Joseph.
Talking about anniversaries, Marcelle with what was not a tablet of stone demonstrated the Topaz which is the stone for 4th and 19th wedding anniversaries. It has two anniversaries because it is such a nice stone I imagine. It also happens to be the birth stone for November and apparently there is one really big one, 22 thousand carats…. somewhere in America. There you see, I was listening!!!
Normally at this stage I am comparing the whimsy of Alan Shaw and Nick Cooke. Alan Shaw however reverted to the more basic of British humour talking about recycling rain water off the roof of a barn conversion for the purpose of flushing toilets. The sort of thing that would have been useful as certain byre 2014 years ago when there was no room at the local inns. Nick Cooke was much more whimsical with illustrative opening lines to lead a conversation round to a referral for him. I think the first one was something like…”I love your conservatory, is that a banana in your pocket or would you like to meet Nike Cooke…” I was being distracted at the time but I think that roughly described his illustrative conversation with Nick’s secret small friend. Alan Shaw will have to up his game next week.
Saying of the week came from Graham Wright. He has cut down his storage space the result in sale, but he had to assure us that he still “…does small moves…” He illustrated this both at the beginning and the end of his 60 seconds when he shimmied out and then back into his chair.
Vivienne rather scarily looked forward to black Friday and the cyber Monday. I have no ideas what she was talking about but don’t forget her business if either of those two fateful days require you to move a parcel from A to B.
Brian Painter never shimmies anywhere but he instead rose determinedly to his feet and told of someone who could not bear anyone to touch her lower arms. Has this stopped her from having a blood test, and initially in order to try and rectify it he had CPT. This didn’t work apparently but Brian’s hypnosis did. I think it’s more of a question of being straight forward. I have no idea what CPT means but I do know what hypnosis means.
Now Richard Reed was determined to get a mention in this Blog and produced several wonderful offers. The most puzzling was New York. Not for what he said but rather what he didn’t say. Apparently it was £625.00 for a 4 star accommodation with a £72 upgrade. He gave us no hint of how many days stay that was for…I am sure he will oblige in the comments to this Blog.
Last week’s Oscar winner was our pilgrim who selected the person who gave the most succinct description of her business; this was Tina who stated that she could service business both at home and from their premises. I am sure it is totally unfair to suggest that her offer to service her clients had anything to do with Mr Painter’s decision.
When we returned to the meeting after breakfast we were treated to a Stuart Smallcombe special television presentation which I thought was particularly useful. We all pick up from his 60 seconds the sort of installations he gets involved with, but his explanation that the gadgets and gismos that are connected to his cabling were totalling ancillary to the basic wiring. He gave us all perhaps a proper context for going forward and finding him suitable referrals. With practiced guile he finished up priming us all with sweets. Fortunately Stuart is someone who we all could jump into a car with as well as make a referral not only feeling perfectly safe but positively confident that you are introducing someone who could provide a first class quality service.
The referrals round was reflective of a smaller turn out but nonetheless it was solid and it simply remains for me to urge all members to make every effort to maintain the attendance which until this week has been excellent.