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A full house drank coffee and orange juice and networked positively until breakfast. We kicked off promptly at 7.15am.
David Plumley’s theme was very much going back to basics. You have got to turn up!! Everything else is secondary, you need to get in front of all the members on a weekly basis to make sure they are aware of who you are and what you do. This is the basis of making and receiving good referrals. As the meeting progressed it became apparent that he was probably preaching to the converted. But more of this later.
The 60 Second Round
John Freeman started and told us that he has just received a Trust Mark. Unlike a birth mark it’s not inherited and it is a mark of accreditation, well done John.
Jo Eastwood confirmed that the Chinese are the biggest drinkers of red wine in the world. Apparently red is lucky. Clearly they do not have quotas of how many bottles each they are allowed.
Richard Reed was succinct for a second week, content to confirm that 98% of his business was repeat/recommended. So far uplifting.
Jo Jones was looking for dog groomers who have to bend over a sink all day or presumably anybody else who bends over a sink all day because of the potential back problems that she could help alleviate.
David Plumley asked us whether we knew what made PC’s run slowly. As an IT bod he is always good for an acronym or two and sure enough, the problem could be insufficient RAM or indeed it could be PUPS. The one that really resonated with me was just that the PC was too old.
The School of Whimsy was only a memory in the minds of the members. Nick Cooke told us that he spent most of his time doing reports on houses and also gave added value in being able to advise on what could be done with a new house with structural matters in mind. Alan Shaw talked about Architect type things. Even Brian Painter whilst asking us to look for the 15% of the adult population that was still smoking did not go into gory details. It was all going well.
It all started to get a little more interesting when Terry Maylin made a pitch for Landlord and Tenant work, or rather being given the opportunity to serve notices seeking possession of properties or taking court proceedings for the same purpose.
This week a couple of members brought props. Kevin Brooks produced a block of insulation that must be placed above ceilings and within walls. So big was this piece of insulation that when fitted all round the room there would not really be room for anybody to get in. John Hammond produced 2 cameras that looked identical. The warning was that you should make sure you get the better quality one and a trusted trader to sell it to you; it was not really apparent which was which. John Hammond is becoming the master of props.
Alan Moller boasted that he was “short and sweet” but it didn’t get him the Oscar. This went to the Bard of Hadleigh who had written a little ditty about a ruined carpet that would be tolerable if RMK had dealt with your household insurance. Make sure you are back next week Kevin to award the Oscar that you have just won.
Congratulations once again to members on their 60 second presentations. Once again promptness was a virtue, very few strayed beyond the 60 seconds and if they did wrapping up was prompt.
This weeks statistics and points of note
The Meeting Secretary’s report was an opportunity for Scott Griffiths to announce referrals totalling 42 which might even be something of a record.
26 Members present
42 referrals past
£32,000.00 worth of business recorded
Paul Booth, leader to date in the Performance League
It has been clammy of late and recent rain had done nothing to help. School holidays are just around the corner. Any one of these could be reason for Howard Bullock turning up in flip flops only to be outshone by Kevin Brooks wearing jean shorts and mustered coloured Timberland boots. Kevin always manages to look dressed up even when he is dressing down.
10 minute presentation by Terry Maylin
Terry Maylin gave a very clear presentation of the benefits of mediation in trying to settle contested court cases. He demonstrated his experience and expertise. Get out there and recommend him to all of your friends and acquaintances that may be forced to conduct litigation.