Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Tuesday 18th March 2014.
Small turnout, 16 in all but matching apologies for absence;
Nige Kirby delivered a useful Ed Slot, suggesting ways in which we can “put ourselves about” to attract referrals. Remember, it is not so much a question of your thinking of referrals that you can give, but getting your friends, relations and contacts to use the services of members of the group. You must become known within your social circle as the person to go to if they want to get anybody to do anything.
If any of you have a small nugget or a gem, call it what you will, that you feel is useful to share with the group let Nigel know and you can deliver one of the Ed Slots in coming weeks.
Of the 60 second round, one or two little things stuck with me, Vivienne wins the prize for obscurity – consult to process, portal systems and worldwide options – Star Trek beckons.
Robert Mayes with one of the sayings of the week “anything to do with an office we can do”
Robert Osborne talked for the need for remortgages with wives who are a little “spendy”. Not only should this come with a government health warning but also a diversity disclaimer.
Success story of the week was Jim Henshaw arranging life cover for Adam Hotson. It started out as his original cover at a much cheaper price but finished up with more cover, presumably at something like the same price; I don’t know which one of you to congratulate more.
Scott revealed that the father of the internet, Tim Berners-Lee, initially had his ideas described by his boss as “vague but exciting”.
Ian Nicholson won the Oscar for clearly describing the business that he did and was looking for.
Paul Lefever demonstrated how you can link your 60 seconds with your 10 minute slot presentation. His 60 seconds was devoted to advertising his electrical survey at the very reasonable price of £75.00…. “taking the shock out of electricity”. When he embarked on his 10 minute slot he very usefully gave us a basic rundown of how our houses are wired and generally pointed out all of the things that can go wrong. Having scared us all to death he was able to fall back on his £75.00 electrical survey as being a necessity rather than a luxury. Nobody taking him up on his electrical survey could now be described as “spendy”.
Referrals were at a similar level to last week despite the decrease in numbers and the referrals and testimonials round was lively and encouraging.
Anne Clarke called for ideas for social events. From the most humble get together to the more lavish ideas, please bombard her with suggestions so that she can get to work in helping you organise them
Jim Henshaw mentioned Synergy Team meetings and expressed the general feeling that we now need to start setting up these teams and provide this extra stimulus to learn more about each other’s businesses and also promote them. We will need to allocate suitable groupings for the Synergy Teams Meetings. In order to set the ball rolling the suggestion is that anyone interested in setting up synergy teams attend next week’s Tuesday Brentwood Business to Business Synergy Team meeting at the George and Dragon Mountnessing, at 4.30pm. Unlike the other Brentwood Synergy Teams, it has been languishing of late and whatever your business, use it as an opportunity to discuss the way forward as to venues, times, and composition of our Synergy Teams. It would be appreciated if, in addition to any other comments you wish make to this blog, you indicate whether you are available and will be able to attend the George and Dragon at 4.30 on Tuesday 25th March 2014.
Once again thank you all for a lively meeting and I look forward to seeing you next week.