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Chairman’s Blog Tuesday 30th July 2013.
Despite these absentees 10 in all attended with Jim Henshaw stepping up as a “stand in” for Scott Griffiths as Membership Secretary, well done Jim.
The great news for the meeting is that Kieran Sweeney and Nozzy Nyathi should both have completed the formalities of joining by next week’s meeting. I hope to be inducting both of them thereby raising our membership number to 9.
With other visitors in the pipeline things are moving forward on the membership front.
The Education Slot, delivered by Brian Painter, emphasised the significance of the 60 second round. Because it is such a short period of time, highlighting separate parts of your business on each occasion is essential leaving your 10 minute presentation to give a more rounded explanation of your business and the sort of referrals you are looking for.
And so to the 60 second round with Jason Nortey from the Brentwood Meeting emphasising his expertise in car accessories, Rosemary was selling directors and officers policies and Nige Kirby was asking for introductions to landlords where he would be able to provide the landlords Gas Safe Certificate.
Jim Henshaw advertised critical illness policies and the ability to go to a “best doctor” which was interesting. Stuart Oldham back from a couple of weeks of working really hard emphasised the one stop nature of his business. Towards the end of the 60 second round following Jim’s examination of critical illness, Adam contemplated death and inheritance tax, I continued my quest to get everybody signed up wills but also suggested lasting powers of attorney for the living. It was left to Brian Painter to finally attempt to turn our stomachs over with a case study of anxiety with a lady pulling hair from her head and then pulling the hair through her teeth to get the most benefit out of the juicy bit at the end of the root. It was probably just as well the scrambled egg was firmer than last week but nonetheless very pleasantly acceptable together with all the other goodies that the Ivory Rooms provide to sustain us during the meeting.
Adam Hotson who won the Oscar for his expressed desire to advise on inheritance tax planning well done Adam.
I will make no further comment on the 10 minute slot as this might appear self seeking given that it was my presentation, I hope everyone obtained an indication of the scope of the work that I carry out.
The referrals and testimonials round, given the size of the group, was good 8 referrals in all and the meeting was rounded off by Jason winning the speakers prize.
So ended a meeting that helped develop our growing group. Hopefully it will continue to grow and I look forward to seeing you all next week.
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