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Chairman’s Blog Meeting 13th June 2013
25 Members present and once again a very lively and positive meeting.
The positive tone apparent from the very outset when Tina rose to her feet with the rest of the Leadership team without a mouthful of breakfast…so now we know what she really does!
Paul Booth was standing in for David Plumley and delivered an impromptu Ed Slot.
And then before we knew it, we were into the 60 second round!
Mike Rogers delivered his 60 seconds from the comfort and convenience of his chair having earlier put his back out picking up the bells he uses in timing the 60 seconds.
At a meeting where Tina did not have a mouthful when she stood up to speak, Jason did. The profuseness of his apologies delivered with his hand politely covering his mouth left him about 30 seconds for his presentation.
Stewart Roberts gave us part 2 of what you need to be fantastic in business. You will have to refer to last week’s Blog to check what the first three were. The last four require you to be an ambassador, a performer, a learner and last but apparently most importantly, you have to have that spark, you have to feel alive inside. He readily acknowledged when he arrived at the checkin this morning that he felt as if he had just got out of bed. That of course is how we all feel Stewart,…because that’s what we all have just done.
In the absence of the Buckleys, Nick Cooke and Alan Shaw took on the role of Tweedle dum and Tweedle dee. Nick Cooke (Tweedle dum) told of his expertise in advising upon structural problems. Alan Shaw (Tweedle dee) told of a boundary wall he had recently seen that was leaning and cracked and a suitable candidate for Nick Cooke’s expertise. This really did not give him any time to indicate the sort of referrals he was looking for this week. My advice to Alan, for what it is worth, is that he should revert to the white rimmed glasses. They seem to up his performance in an Elton John-ish sort of way.
Kim Redwood-Lee could improve her 60 seconds simply by remembering to bring hers (glasses that is), her arms were not long enough to create the appropriate focal length to her notes but she was able to borrow a pair of glasses over which she glared in true school maamish style and we all immediately paid attention.
I note Richard Reed always likes a mention and this week his holiday offerings are more than worthy of headlines. For those of you who like an active holiday of stimulation of the body rather than “flop out” relaxation he recommended raunchy holidays in America, or was I dreaming! They sound great, but I will have to run it past the wife, Richard. As Kevin Brooks declared, Mrs Brooks is always right and as he declared this, 20 heads nodded sagely in agreement.
Fortunately Graham Thurston came late on in the 60 second round when everybody had finished their breakfast. He delivered a rather lurid account of the carpet of a Chinese Restaurant that apparently was unsuitable because of its luxuriant thickness that soaked up all spillages and created a rather soggy sensation when you walked on it. The answer of course was a gel back carpet that did not absorb the hoi sin or the sweet and sour sauces. I cannot help but feel that the problem is with the waiters rather than the type of carpet! It seems that attendance at the restaurant after the fitting of this gel backed floor covering would simply be a change of sensation; from a sort of boggy soggy sensation to the feeling that you are wading through oriental gunge.
Talking about feet, Peter Hood rushed is off his but is looking for small job, anything to do with taps apparently. I wonder what sort of things he could fit a tap to. I invite you in the comments section to make your suggestions and will kick it off with, “a tap on the head for water on the brain”. Ok, maybe I should not be perpetuating bad jokes but I have sort of taken the lead from John Probert. He alluded to the “why the long face” joke about a horse thereby prompting at least a further two animal jokes. I suppose if you must you can add any animal joke you like to the comments section below.
I cannot leave the 60 second round without mentioning Brian Painter’s pitch for anyone suffering from nerves. The performance that was really nerveless was Nick Morgan’s staccato style as he listed all the possible signs that he could produce. Totally unscripted it was a fantastic performance and he quite rightly was awarded the Oscar.
Paul Booth reported upon the Finance/Professions Synergy Team meeting which apparently was very stimulating although one of those in attendance apparently “dropped off” briefly…on two occasions. It really was a stimulating meeting, just not that stimulating. I will be attending the Business to Consumer Synergy Team meeting on Monday and I promise to be the model of alertness throughout Richard. Particularly if you start providing a few more details of these raunchy holidays in America.
The 10 minute presentation saw the most effective use so far of the new overhead projector when Jamie Harrison delivered a very professional presentation of precisely how Carmichael-Brown turns sunshine into pounds. It stimulated a lot of interest and hopefully will stimulate a lot of referrals. She did however at one stage of her presentation appear to be using semaphore or so the attached photograph seems to indicate.
Not only was the Meeting successful in so many ways but the Referrals and Testimonials round was excellent. £20,000 plus recorded business and 23 referrals.
It might well come as a blessed relief to you all to learn that I will be away for the next three Thursdays. Although I will miss you all I am looking forward to what might even turn out to be a raunchy holiday in the South West of France.