Chairman’s Blog Tuesday 17th September 2013
Everyone in attendance, 11 in all.
Nige Kirby delivered the Education Slot this week. He concentrated on the 60 second presentation and in particular its etiquette, namely giving every member a chance to deliver his seconds free from interruption and giving each presentation proper attention. Even if we pick up only once small item from each members contribution it gives us something in the back of our minds that might enable us to make a referral as we go about our business during the week.
I asked for something positive or cheerful from the 60 seconds this week; or indeed positively cheerful. You all duly obliged.
Jason produced a black bag to demonstrate how he always cleans up after he finishes a job.
Rosemary told us a driver who reversed his company’s vehicle into 2 other company vehicles and who was being asked by his insurance company to make 3 separate claims with payment of 3 separate excesses. This was apparently was not in accordance with the policy and Rosemary spotted it, the benefit of having a broker.
Robert Mayes explained about roof work and managed to make a man falling through a roof hanging on for dear life vaguely amusing.
Do you know that one in 6 houses have unsafe gas appliances. Nige Kirby did, apparently Birmingham has the highest rate and Brighton the lowest. He postulated that there might be some demographic reason for this!!
Suffice it to say that, like the window cleaner Nige gets to see things in bedrooms that most of do not get the opportunity to see, a brief glance at a video camera pointing at a bed apparently got his pipes working.
Stewart Oldham was looking for people who have not had any thing done to their computer system for years, and once again, Anne Clarke gave us positive reasons why book keepers should be used rather than trying to do it yourself (or rather not do it yourself).
Brian Painter always makes the macabre appear humorous, this week something to do with same sex marriage, an RAC mechanic and how he diverted someone from a nervous breakdown.
Scott Griffiths is setting up his annual Santa Site and we are all invited to contribute to his Santa’s diary with an entry intended to be a day in his life (Santa’s that is) where he confronts the individual member and his sold his/her services. Best of luck with that everyone.
Pride of place in the 60 second presentation was Jim Henshaw explaining that he could offer insurance for all sorts of things including the affects of sex. He won the Oscar and helped demonstrated Nigel Kirby’s warning at the beginning of the meeting that you need to prepare your 60 seconds…or did he not say that, anyway the point was made. Jim then proceeded then to deliver a 10 minute slot that was well prepared and produced an insight to the sort of protection cover that he is offering.
Nigel Kirby is in the lead in the Performance League which is largely as a result of the invitations that he has made to try and attract visitors through the EBF Website. In our push for visitors let that be a foremost tool that also earns us points, to make sure he does not win for a second time.
Make sure you all turn up next week, preferably with lots of visitors, there is a rollover with the Speakers Prize so it’s everything to play for!