There were finally 30 persons present including one new visitor Ibrahim Braimah. We had all shared the common experience of a hot and sticky night, accompanied by heavy rain. Any residual tiredness however was banished by the lively banter and the prospect of another meeting of EBF we kicked off at 7.22am
This week it was the turn of Toby Acton to ask the question: are you a morning, afternoon or evening person? A very business coach related topic but a valid suggestion that we should all think very carefully about. When do we perform at our best and where possible we should organise our day to take this into account.
The 60 Second Round
With a reminder to make 60 seconds only 60 seconds and the threat of interruption by the Mayor of Gant’s Hill.
Kieran Peaty was adjudicating the Oscar and was also looking for landowners with whom he could demonstrate his considerable skills.
Dean Caldon confirmed that housing stocks were at an old-time low and Mike Rogers confirmed this was true from a mortgage point of view but suggested that it was a good time to renew your mortgage as there were lots of good deals out there.
Howard Bullock was concerned about Father’s Day and keeping the conversation going over Sunday lunch. His suggestion as a topic for discussion was inheritance tax and arrangements that could mitigate this. This might inspire everyone to actually think of interesting topics to entertain their father… but perhaps not!
Nick Cooke was particularly looking for structural design work, presumably because of the slow housing market. Although he denied it, I could swear that somebody had been into his study and done some tidying. He was followed promptly by Sarah Bell who stood out in this 60 second round if only because she had a very attractive top that had a strawberry motif. A sartorial Oscar would have been hers.
Simon Essex was there but his screen was blank. Apparently, he was in bed following what sounded like a nasty fall downstairs. The camera no doubt would have revealed the full extent of his injuries but like the trooper he is, not only did he turn up for our meeting but he will be on duty later in the week to help sell for Father’s Day.
The smell of falling rain following a dry spell produces a heady scent that is called petrichor. If you do not know of this term, then mention of it in advertising material would be lost on you and Paul Dulieu was keen to emphasise the need to use appropriate language. What he said was wise. Another sage, another Paul… to wit one Booth was calling out to all businesses that operate sage software. He has better versions floating around that he could introduce new clients to.
Neil Bellham gets a mention because he mentioned the “c” word. He’s booked up to the end of September and is now considering Christmas menus.
Terry Maylin was dressed as a highway robber complete with a black mask as he was likened to as a result of his ability to squeeze the maximum out of claims he is conducting on behalf of his clients.
Vincent Goode was talking cards, sumptuous cards that give you a tingling feeling in your spine when you feel the quality and apparently also the width.
Toby Acton had reminded us of his presence in the Education slot and he was back all guns blazing. He doesn’t like buts, not the genetical conjunction but the “but” the simple “but”. People who begin sentences…. Yes but. It didn’t take a deep dive to see where he was coming from.
John Freeman caught Kieran Peaty’s eye and was awarded the Oscar by emphasising his availability for home improvements which the slowdown in the housing market has brought to the fore.
Matt’s Euro Experience
This will become a feature in coming weeks following his organisations of a sweepstake. You can follow the various member’s fortunes through their allotted teams. Thanks Matt!
10-minute presentation by Neil Bellham
This week it was Neil Bellham who treated us to both biographical details of his early life (He had quite a lot of hair) and to his current setup, what he offers and how he organises events with enthusiasm. A non-stop presentation which once again was a great advertisement for him and his skills and also a useful aide memoir for all of us who need to be looking out for referrals for him.