23 of us this time, most there by 7.10 am whilst outside it drizzled. Customary banter heralded the meeting proper.
The Performance League
Paul Dulieu not only won, he trounced the opposition; just over 400 points was out of sight.
All reset now for December which is always a short month so an open book on who will grab the prize this month.
Sarah Bell’s debut provided an insight from her own business point of view by distinguishing Speech from Language and Communication. Apparently only 7% of what we say is verbal and she demonstrated this with the phrase “ I don’t think so”. Emphasis alone can alter its meaning in four different ways. As business people, we need to be good communicators. If you don’t think so just shrug your shoulders?
The 60 Second Round
Sarah Bell was also involved as the adjudicator for the Oscar this week. She went first with the good news that she might be commissioned to work with a group of schools to start in April. She was clearly excited by the prospect but you can’t reward the Oscar to yourself.
Dean Caldon reported the slow down in the housing market that reflects the approach of the 31st March deadline for the Stamp Duty holiday. Nick Cooke anticipates that this will affect part of his workload too.
By contrast, Richard Reed has received his first confirmed booking for next year which represents the first signs of revival for him. Someone else emerging from the constraints of the lockdown was Brian Painter who has managed to get several issues rolled into one client whose problems included Cocaine Use, being over 27 stone in weight …and, oh yes he is also a smoker. I don’t know how many of such clients he can cope with but let’s see what we can do.
Stewart Smallcombe was talking “fibre to cabinet” which is probably something our government needs at the moment.
The Mayor of Gants Hill was fully dressed today and very upbeat over his line in Christmas Cards. He does envelopes too!! If Vincent was almost signing in praise of the Christmas Card, Ben Golding was Gilbert and Sullivan would have been proud of his version of HMS Utility Warehouse. If Ben Golding is theatrical it must have rubbed off on John Hammond who was explaining why entrances are so important although he came at it from a security point of view.
Congratulations to Tina Walker for making it part of her daily toil for overworked business people to buy Christmas Presents without using her own money.
Alan Moller looked rather ghoulish, broadcasting to us this week from his van. With three more people clustering round him and his face lit from below he looked like the sleeve cover of a well-known rock band. Sofa man has turned into Van Man again.
On the techie side Scott Griffiths has been tweaking websites and David Plumley, a welcome addition to our meeting, talked of his business describing his business as the 4”S”s, not the 3 “S”s that most are familiar with.
Sarah Bells’ award of the Oscar reflected her feeling that many members demonstrated integrity in their businesses and the pick of the bunch was Nathan Howson who has been conducting a quarterly review of his company’s work ensuring that they were maintaining their standards both as to work and customer service. Congratulations Nathan.
10-minute presentation by Nick Cooke
Nick Cooke was the presenter and our hearts went out to him as he attempted screen share. He did however finally come across with the goods, bravely demonstrating by photographs how he looks into nooks and crannies. He managed to highlight very effectively; defective chimney breasts, bulging retaining walls, windows creating a crack in a front bay, floors sloping downwards and most dramatically, a house that was sinking and very apparently so to the naked eye. The drop was 15ft!
The result at full time was Nick Cooke 1 Technology 0.
Referrals and Testimonials
This round was full of referrals and thanks for the money, and the meeting was rounded off by an acknowledgment of success for Brian Painters quiz night. It was 9am when we closed.