Our first meeting proper at Calcott Hall Farm both from a good layout of tables by them in readiness for us, an excellent breakfast with options and a very successful meeting with 21 members and 2 visitors both Asbestos Consultants from the same company.
Paul Booth produced a notable guest appearance suggesting as to how we could all improve our contributions to the meeting and the Performance League.
A stock of referral slips should be kept with you at home or at your place of business so that you both have a reminder and the ability to write out the rereferral when it is made.
Regularly check on the monies you receive that might be attributable to a member so that you are ready to complete the Thanks for the Money form at the meeting and if you do not have referrals or monies to acknowledge leave a Google testimonial or just a plain paper one at the meeting.
The Performance League has thrown up the current leader as Jill Willis but as she is now away for the rest of the month; she is there to be overtaken.
The 60 Second Round
I do not know whether it was the U shape layout that was the reason the meeting, particularly the 60 second round, moved forward at a pace?
Marcelle Saad was first up and is looking for all her Christmases to come at once. She noted the trend for engagements and weddings to be linked around Christmas and the purchase of the appropriate rings accordingly. She also suggested presents of earrings and pendants etc for Christmas.
Nick Cooke being away on holiday, the Whimsies remained down to 2. First was Alan Shaw who, spotting that we had visitors, positively announced that he designed buildings. He then went on to grumble about it being insurance renewal time and the relevant form filling in. There is apparently a problem in his industry with “basement failures”. This is not euphemistic incontinence but a serious problem of people developing downwards and then having collapsed cellars. A 60-seconds of great mental imagery. Brian Painter was equally expansive with the imagery. Fortunately everyone had finished their breakfast when he stood up to speak as he was very much into the smokers. He made clear the various effects on the body of smoking which finished with gangrene in your feet. He posed the question, “What’s black, yellow, green and smells”. Gangrenous feet was the answer.
If Nick Cooke’s presence was missed Tina reminded us that she has been “supporting” Nick whilst he was away on holiday. I think this was a reference to telephonic assistance but who knows.
Jo Eastwood was looking for orders of Christmas cases of wine. She had a couple of sample cases but frankly if you put together what you require she will oblige.
Richard Reed was flogging air flights to New Zealand; there is a one-off sale on Black Friday. Comment of the week was Matt Barry who asked whether these could be regarded as “All-Black Friday” offers.
Kim Redwood-Lee did a fetching piece on those who would not be enjoying Christmas, namely those who had not kept their books up to date.
Howard Bullock was looking for clients of a well known financial advice institution because they are currently being ill served, if his most recent client is anything to go by.
David Plumley is concerned this week was ransom ware. Apparently there is an excellent training Webinar supplied by his auntie. At least that what I thought at first, there was a second or two pause before he added ….. Virus Supplier…. clearly no relation.
Paul Booth went all metaphorical with a cricket related piece that finished up with a reference to ball tampering. More mental images.
John Freeman continues to look for “quick in and outs” which is all The Australian’s are looking to do to do in the Ashes series.
Pride of place with the Oscar was Cathy Neat, if for no other reason than she has been promoting EBF on face book and came up with the catchy title “a venture before dementia” I can’t remember anything else more about it…but she was a worthy Oscar winner.
10 minute presentation which was actually a Q&A session
Notable by its absence, we reverted to the Q & A which was both conducted in good humour and gave us an opportunity to ask our visitors more questions. It was topped off by Alan Moller revealing more of his domestic circumstances than perhaps he should have done and gave the impression of a man digging a hole deeper and deeper and deeper….
Referrals Round and Meeting Summary
This was a lively round and good business passed. The Venue really has come up to expectations and I look forward to seeing everyone next week.
We have done such a good job at our meeting today that I can report our guests have confirmed their intention to return next week with an application form to join for 12 months. Hopefully, we’ll be welcoming Ellen into the group as a member the following week.