Another meeting with 27 people present, 26 Members and one visitor. It was EBF’s birthday and it was also Alan Moller’s birthday, and the meeting was duly adapted to enable the presentation of an annual review and also results of the best 60 seconds, 10 minutes and overall Member of the Year.
No annual event would be complete without a contribution from Alan Shaw.
And so Alan Shaw delivered the Ed Slot. It was thoughtful and philosophic. As business owners dealing with other business owners we all principally fall into four types; A, B, C and D, from the competitive and optimistic to the negative. You can change your categorisation from time to time but assessment of your opposite number in negotiating a business deal into one of these caricatures can help.
Not only was it an interesting insight but there was not a brick in the cistern to be seen…
The 60 Second Round
The room was abuzz. Before the 60 second round commenced we inducted new member Anne-Marie Cooper. She was also first up in the 60 second round and showed a series of photographs together with poetic commentary. The Bard of Hadleigh would have approved but he was unfortunately detained by stomach problems.
Marcelle Saad was all ethical gold and blood diamonds. She explained the Kimberly process and declared her compliance with all humanitarian standards in the supply of her products.
Ben Golding talked about a lady called Joan, her neighbours Dean and Tanya and some other nameless neighbours, all of whom were typical potential clients that Ben can sell to. He really wants us all to “love thy neighbour”.
Jo Jones finally got everyone on side in prescribing butter to be used and consumed in conjunction with losing weight. If she could squeeze alcohol and chocolate in we will be queuing up to see her. Of course, she was followed by Jo Eastwood who introduced us all to Rocky and Ginger and the Mendoza Vineyard that grows its vines in concrete egg shape vats.
The first up for the School of Whimsey was Alan Shaw. This week he has been drawing which he likes much more than going outside in the wet and cold. Nick Cooke, by contrast, read out a testimonial proving that amongst his many admirers was a lady that he did some work for. When Brian Painter rose we were all braced for gore and unpleasant substances being mentioned and indeed their respective effects. Instead, he talked about a man from Felixstowe who smoked 60 cigarettes a day, thus far has been cured by our Pilgrim.
Vince Goode paraded his company’s longevity; trading in Gants Hill since 1983 and expensive business cards that were “foiled”. Quote of the week “there are six sides to a business card”
Stuart Smallcombe’s pitch was that if you are losing signal and you are relying on ISDN you should consult him. Dean Caldon was one of the people having difficulty getting hold of Stuart during the week. It was difficult to work out who was at fault or rather whose system was at fault.
Howard Bullock celebrated his return after a serious bout of flu with a George V beard and a shirt that was all French kitchen. At this stage, he is a shadow of his former self but he is on the mend.
With an upbeat meeting Jill Willis was its epitome, talking of successes for a business in Chelmsford that she was assisting and helping them assault the Google Search slippery pole…..successfully!
Talking of sickness John Freeman is now back in full flow and was once again indicating his preference for a “quick in and out”.
The birthday boy had a prop which looked suspect, like a birthday present, but it was, in fact, an extractor fan that was fitted to a ceiling and gave the impression by its dimensions and sturdiness that it could at least suck up small pets who got too close, if not their human masters.
With an array of excellent presentations Anne-Marie deservedly won the Oscar.
This weeks statistics and points of note
- 26 Members present
- 1 visitor
- 28 referrals
- £12,000 worth of business recorded,
- 60 second presenter of the year – Brian Painter
- 10 minute presenter of the year – Matt Barry
- Member of the year – Jill Willis
- Oscar Winner Anne-Marie Cooper
Annual Review by Aidan Squire
The 10-minute presentation and questions were replaced by the Seventh Annual Review which genuinely reflected the upbeat nature of our group present. I will not bore you with the details as these are going to be published shortly on the Website. Please have look at it.
Referrals and Testimonials
As befitting an upbeat occasion and 28 referrals, this was a lively round and as Member of the Year it was Jill Willis’s job to do the running.
Alan Mollers Birthday
Not only did he have a balloon rising from his position but he received a cake to a rousing chorus of happy birthday. I suggest we give serious consideration to making him the EBF Mascot.
We now set off on another year full of optimism.
Great meeting and update on the thriving state of EBF. Congrats to Brian and Jill
Great meeting as always. The awards were well deserved by the recipients. It was good to help Alan celebrate his birthday. Seeing his cake was of course a reminder to us all in business we cannot have our cake and eat it. Well not until we get home anyway.
Good to see the group going from strength to strength. Very productive 1-2-1 with Matt following the meeting and looking forward to more meetings with EBF members in the weeks time come. Vincent Goode, Speedprint
What a terrific meeting – always nice to big ourselves up and we deserve it- as to our three award winners, who helped make what as a very successful year even better!
Sorry I couldn’t be with you on the grand occasion of our seventh birthday (or first if you are a cat reading this) Congratulations to all the winners of the awards . Onwards and upwards !
Good meeting and attendance. Can I just say thank you to Aidan for everything he does for EBF week in week out. It’s easy to forget that each week he runs the meeting very professionally and humorously but with this comes a certain amount of worry and stress which he takes in his stride as well as doing his 60 seconds. Plus of course he does the blog. If anyone of his stood in his shoes (probably Brian excepted) it would be daunting. Thank you again Aidan.
Hopefully I have some visitors over the next few weeks.
Congrats to Matt, Brian & Jill!
Congratulations to all the winners (and all the people who came second! Grrr) 🙂
Just spoken to a potential new client called Bart. DOH.
A great meeting with the annual review proving beyond doubt that EBF is the best networking group around – growing in members, producing excellent business and referral statistics On top of all that its an enjoyable place to go to on weekly basis.
Well done to all our winners.
Another great meeting, I didn’t realise my other half colluded with a couple of members regarding the balloon and cheesecake (all gone now, whoops!) Have a great weekend and congratulations to our winners and Anne Marie as a new member. Ps, can I please please pass on being an Ebf Mascot? Lol
I wish to second Paul’s remarks regarding Aidan about what he does for the group. Welcome Anne Marie, I hope your time will be enjoyable and profitable. The meetings get better and better.
Congrats to the winners, and the losers, it’s a great group, almost a year in for me now, great people, excellent business’s, most enjoyable way to drum up new opportunities, thank you to everyone for all the work and referrals!
See you all next week 😊
PS: Alan for mascot, in the paper suit, and mask 😉 !! happy birthday mate.
Thanks everyone. I had a lovely meeting with you once again and have been made to feel very welcome.
Lovely group of people and I think the 3 annual awards were very well deserved!
See you next time. Anna
An excellent meeting. I feel privileged to be a part of such a successful networking group! £800k + of new business over the past 12 months is an astonishing statistic, I have no doubt we’ll smash £1million in the next 12.
Thanks so much to everyone who voted for me, it’s heart warming to know you think so highly of me 😊 Congratulations to Matt and Brian, both such deserving winners!