Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Tuesday 2nd September 2014.
Initially only 10 members were present during the meeting then Ian Stanley arrived. After a series of personal problems he declared himself ready to resume his attendance,welcome back Ian. Before he arrived he missed Hugo’s Ed Slot. He had us drawing again but this time not up a ladder but a pyramid. He then created as ladder within the pyramid, but as he called them boxes many members had difficulty with this. It did not bode well for the rest of the Ed Slot, but in fact it was a very interesting piece. How you are perceived by your client from generalist to celebrity with 3 stops on the way and how this governed the price you could charge for your services and the trust levels that you have with your customers. At 7.15 in the morning it was probably the stimulus we all needed to be ready for the 60 second round but not before Richard Willis had declared this month’s winner of the performance league, way out in front Dr Deb. Great performance, we should all take heed and try to emulate this coming month.
Chris Adams was looking for hotels and retail and reminded us of his free audit when we come to sell him to perspective clients. Richard Willis talked of the add free Google search engine, I resist the temptation to invite you to explain what it is…only just. Dr Deb now has to work very hard in her 60 seconds to combine Arbonne and Utility Warehouse. It won’t be long before she starts alternating.
It was polyp free Ian Nicholson who rose to tell us that 81% of the 18 to 29 age group population did not understand what a pension is. We must now call it saving for old age. If we had been calling it that somebody would have come up with a word to make it shorter and simpler, possibly even pension.
Nige Kirby’s mantra was, “no bathrooms but boilers”. He considers himself a specialist or even an expert in heating and the aforementioned boilers. This should stand him in good stead as the world of academia beckons. Christine Arnold is in a panic and a rush (as usual in the run up to Christmas) and Jim Henshaw was talking about unpredictability and madness in the wonderful world of protection insurance.
Brian Painter was a little more gentle with us than usual, a lady with a sensitivity in her inside lower arm prevented injections being given. I can’t help but think that most of the time he wears his underpants over his trousers because once again he swept in like superman and solved the dear lady’s problems. She can now inject herself regularly in her inner lower arms. I think I have a similar problem with my inner upper thighs but had not considered Brian’s expertise… maybe another day. Talking of other days, Hugo was philosophical and made reference to Ground Hog Day and a need to get better each new day. I think the catch phrase was “…stop reflect and review”. Somewhere in the mêlée of the 60 second round Ian Stanley arrived, a welcome diversion.
So here is a question for all of you save the awarder of the Oscar and the recipient… name the two.
After the Meeting Secretary’s Report Jim Henshaw as his guise as a Recruitment Officer laid out his plans for the future and we are all going away to find details of builders who can be approached. It was a promising start to what is going to become an essential part of our meeting.
My thanks to all of you for listening carefully to my 10 minutes…or so it appeared. Plenty of questions which is always a good sign.
Our referrals, particularly given the size of the meeting finished up around 9 which is a good strike rate.
There is a Synergy Team meeting at the Ivory Rooms on Wednesday (today) let’s have a good turnout at 4.30 sharp.