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Despite the holiday season there were 22 members and 2 visitors present. Any sluggishness from the background heat at 6.30 in the morning had already been exemplified by the pigeon who wrapped itself round the front of offside front wing as it very slowly tried to rise from the road where it had been foraging.
There were lots of feathers, some of them in the air as I drove past and some stuck under my bonnet. No body parts and therefore it might well be that the bird survived the collision. Multitasking abounded, Scott Griffiths not only dealt with his meeting secretary’s obligations but also delivered the Ed Slot. I, as Chairman, also stood in for David Plumley as Education and Development Officer in introducing both the Ed Slot and the 10 minute Presentation.
As mentioned above, delivered by Scott Griffiths. Its subject matter was the awarding of the Oscar for the best 60 seconds delivered in the 60 second round. He advised care in making the award to ensure that one or two of the following were present:
- We learn something new
- The effort that must have gone into preparation
- Some notice should be taken of the criteria set out in our training materials
Not only should this approach ensure a worthy winner of the Oscar but it will ensure that there is no disincentive to those who have prepared by a silly award. To add weight to the importance of this decision 25 points in the performance league will now be awarded to the winner.
The 60 Second Round
Consistent with Scott’s reminders to us in the Education Slot we will now adopt the practice of ensuring that the person who will be awarding the Oscar will go first thereby ensuring no distraction and giving a chance of proper consideration of all subsequent 60 second offerings.
Accordingly, Ben Golding who won the Oscar last week, kicked off. He had met a lady named June in the process of peddling Utility Warehouse and saved this lady £670.00 per annum on her energy requirements, £850.00 per annum in relation to cash back opportunities and Utility Warehouse even went To the trouble of replacing all 100 of her light bulbs which were the most energy efficient available. Eligible bachelors should apply to Ben Golding.
Nick Cooke was also approached by a lady (no name) to do a report but in fact finished up translating that request into a contract for the design beams for an extension. On the basis that Nick as well as Ben attract the ladies, eligible bachelors can apply to him as well. If Nick Cooke was on message so unusually was Alan Shaw. He was all Eco Houses, more expensive to construct but with vast savings on energy bills. No whimsey so far from either Nick or Allan. What of the other members of said School. Brian Painter told us of a nervous warrior (who it turned out was in fact a worrier). At the end of each sentence he would normally give a nervous laugh and his daughter’s forthcoming wedding appears to be tormenting him over delivering a speech. Brian is confident that he can sort him out. It was left to Allan Moller to hold the Whimsical end up. His advice was to concentrate on the job that needed doing rather than peripheral matters when asked to do electrical work. Every one of the Whimseys was on message. They should realise that maintaining their status is dependant upon regular performance. We will be listening carefully next week!
In fact, as if already anticipating Scott Griffiths’ berating’s in the Ed Slot, everyone seemed to be very much on message.
Terry Maylin warned that fault with personal injury cases don’t be persuaded to take the first offer than an insurance company make a check with him, the initial costs are not……..and the chance of a more substantial claim more likely than not.
Jo Eastwood, apart from revealing Tina Walker’s proclivity for gin, provided plastic ice cubes to enable people to adapt to the hot weather. She passed these round. She not only does booze but also does ice. By way of acknowledgement, Tina Walker declared that she was looking forward to a cava and gin party….. clear affirmation.
Stuart Smallcombe was all video conferencing, both high end and otherwise. A demonstration of a meeting with colleagues in Paris with a half million pounds facility was always bound to look more impressive, and it did. More normal lower key video conferencing can be equally effective.
Mason Edwards has a new client in Harley Street, a plastic surgeon. It was not made clear whether he used special cleaning fluids for the plastic
John (“the tools”) FFreeman wasback after the absence of a week and has been at it again, buying battery driven equipment to assist both in his business and at home.
The Mayor of Gants Hill Village was flaunting his recent range of printed stationary for a motor trade company and very smart it looked. In addition to his 60 seconds, Vincent brought his son along as a visitor. This created additional insight into what he would look like with hair….frightening!!!
Good news from Scott Griffiths for those of us who are being bombarded with apps. A proper website can do everything and a separate app is not necessary; it’s nice to see some good news for those of us who do feel bombarded by technology.
If Scott Griffiths makes websites simple, Jill Willis makes websites work harder. We saw the authorarian side to her today.
So who did win the Oscar this week? Well Ben sensibly awarded it to Ellen Beckenham for illustrating a dangerous aspect of asbestos boarding and making clear what she can do and how she can do it.
This weeks statistics and points of note
- 22 Members present
- 2 visitors
- 23 referrals
- £19,000.00 worth of business recorded
- Ellen Beckenham won the Oscar
- Turbo Dave is in the lead in the Performance League.
10-minute presentation by Saj Sreedharan
This week was the turn of Saj Sreedharan. He delivered his presentation to the sound of music, walking round us all with various exhibits of flower artistry, He was always quick to defer to his wife on matters of the product. He demonstrated, as he always does, that he is not just a delivery driver. Quite impressive prices were given to accompany the various floral exhibits. One his highlight prices was in relation to funeral floristry £30 per letter. Terry and I should check our pricing structure.