Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Tuesday 18th February 2014.
20, Members in all and two guests David Kendall from a carpet and upholstery firm invited by Fred Harcourt and Dean Caldon a regular Estate Agent/Letting Agent- Brentwood visitor.
Once again a good turn out with apologies for absence from Peter Hall and Steve Hayes.
Spirits were uplifted by a morning where day light was upon us as we kicked off.
Standing Orders were passed round for our meeting subscription. May I ask members to act promptly in submitting these to their bank to help alleviate the administrative problems in dealing with cash at the door.
We quickly moved on to the 60 second round, Anne Clarke had the distinction of not only being the first at the meeting but first up for the 60 seconds.
Lots of good solid performances giving relevant and maximum information about business but solid quality doesn’t get you the headlines.
Richard Willis was notable in his thoughtfulness, using “kinda” only 4 times. Jim Henshaw was condemnatory of Meerkat’s telephones with wheels on and other frippery that so ready illustrates the power of advertising in the insurance industry. The worrying thing is that if Jim were to dress up as a Meerkat next week he would probably win the Oscar.
Ian Nicholson had discovered an old pension pot which I originally thought was some old drunk that he had bumped into but apparently it was a nest egg worth an awful lot of money.
Robert Osborne declared himself to be your local friendly Mortgage Broker and then burst into laughter…worrying really.
Ian Martin once again declared himself looking for local work. He is looking to make houses smart and lighting intelligent watch this space…
Mark Waller apparently has vehicles from 8 seats downwards and he promptly proceeded to count down from 8. This isn’t just intelligent lighting, its intelligent taxi driving. The other interesting snippet from Mark’s 60 seconds that there are 39 places to eat in Billericay. Does that include the kiosk in Radford Crescent?
Brian Painter told of a claustrophobic who he “cured” and who now enjoys riding in elevators. Not sure as I would regard that as a cure.
Normally something occurs in the 60 seconds round that is bizarre. No difference this week, Vivienne held something up that was flashing, as a result I haven’t the slightest idea what she was talking about, so mesmerised was I.
And so we moved on to the 10 minutes slot and as always Brian Painter is good for an entertaining presentation. It was a truly hypnotic performance. He gave us a walk though his early career, like leading a blind man round a house. I managed to catch the bit about him being in the RAF but I wasn’t sure whether he was with the Dam Busters or not. He apparently came to London from Lancashire with a cat, believing the streets were paved with gold.
What he always successfully conveys is his expertise as a hypnotherapist, his sympathetic approach to his clients and therefore the reassurance that we can all refer people to him.
Finally, the referrals and testimonials round produced both testimonials and a fair number of referrals. With every week this round improves, which is another of the reassuring things about the quality of our group.
My final task to ask you all to comment on this Blog as to whether Jim could more usefully dress up as different character than a Meerkat and/or what would suit other members in the quest for the Oscar.