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Ice on the windscreen, light appearing earlier in the sky both heralded what turned into a bright clear morning, with sunshine flooding into the venue.
23 Members this week braved and/or appreciated the elements, busily networking before the meeting itself began.
Brian Painter delivered a thoughtful explanation on the importance of visitors set against the backdrop of needing new members to continue refreshing our membership and trying and push forward with our numbers. The importance of visitors is that they turn into new members. Visitors at our meetings improve our individual performances and new/additional members increase the referrals which of course are one of the fundamental reasons for turning up. The points were well made by Brian.
The 60 Second Round
Dean Caldon won the Oscar and was also doubling up as bellman.
Marcelle Saad confirmed that the birth stone for February was the amethyst which is purple quartz and has qualities that include protection from drunkenness. It is the stone of sobriety and I was comforted by this as my cuff links have the said stone embedded in them.
We had a theme of Brexit to which members paid lip service, to a greater or lesser degree.
Ben Golding said it was not going to affect him or if it did, possible future austerity would enable him to benefit by giving customers both a reduction in their bills and the opportunity of earning additional funds to add to their income if they also sell the product.
Toby Acton used Brexit to illustrate the approach and the message that businesses need to sell and compared the Tory’s “…get it done…” with the Labour message which was …?
Kevin Radford was introduced as the Bard of Hadleigh and fulfilled expectations with a ditty that emphasised what RMK could do in various areas of insurance. We have missed his poetic utterances of late.
It was Simon Essex who used the Brexit reference to good effect. The uncertainty leading up to Brexit caused him to evaluate his business priorities and move out of London; it also made him look at what he wanted and the additional work that was open to him. Accordingly, out of uncertainty came a new focus that amongst other things included joining EBF. Win win for all of us.
Brian Painter illustrated what an interesting professional life he has. Currently on his books he has a 32 year old man who doesn’t like noise, even his daughters crying, someone addicted to Coke, Coca Cola that is and somebody aged 76, due to go into hospital and had a phobia over hospitals. I expected Brian to leave early if he has all of these problems to attend to, but as usual, he seemed unfazed.
Richard Reed emphasised the uncertainty that is before us following Brexit, how we have to deal with airports etc. Nonetheless he had a couple of great offers in relation to 4/5 Star Hotels at resorts in the Maldives.
Ford Aspbury indicated that Brexit had, or rather the uncertainty up to date of pending Brexit had a major effect on his pricing. He has streamlined where he can but it remains an issue.
John Freeman by contrast has not noticed any effect on his business and his development of clients. His attitude is best initialised as DGAS. I will leave you to work this out for yourselves.
Saj Sreedharan had a wonderful prop, to wit a wonderfully bright and coloured bouquet which he claimed to have constructed himself. It was intended to be a reminder that Valentine’s Day’s up and coming.
Paul Booth was positive, two new set up businesses passed through his hands this week and he is looking for more.
Matt Barry sought to illustrate the International Multi Centred nature of his business which started with “…from Brussels to Basingstoke…” It went on a lot further than this but I am only giving you a flavour.
Vincent Goode produced a series of National Flags to demonstrate how Brexit could be renamed in those particular countries and in doing so demonstrated his rather strange but inventive mind which quite rightly won him the Oscar.
This weeks statistics and points of note
23 Members present
27 referrals passed
£12,000 worth of business recorded
Vincent Goode, Oscar winner and 10 minute presenter
10-minute presentation by Vincent Goode
As referred to earlier, Vincent Goode was the presenter and he produced a very amusing mixture of print and other related jokes; something of his background and something of his business. Amongst other things he declared that despite the changes brought on by technology printing was “…still ink on paper..”. He glorified the importance of physically attending his premises, as opposed to ordering on line. You can touch, feel, receive suggested alternative materials and make sure designs or text is property checked.
We all enjoyed it but Paul Dulieu, in particular, indicated that he had not laughed so much before 8 am. A low bar I would have thought, still we must take our compliments where we can.
Referrals and Testimonials
A good round, partly because of the number of referrals were way above the number of members present and congratulations to the Naughty Corner for dominating the numbers of referrals given.