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Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Thursday 11th August 2016.
Despite holidays dominating the attendance we had 17 members present and Alan Heggie as a third time visitor looking to join.
The Ed Slot was delivered by David Plumley himself, whose topic was how to structure the 10 minute presentation. A useful reminder to us all of this section of the meeting that is of importance to both the presenter and the members listening.
Matters sartorial were dominated by socks of various colours. Alan Shaw’s were green, David Plumley’s were pink, Scott Griffiths sported socks of an olivy hue but pride of place must go to Nick Cooke who sported red and white hoops. They were quite stunning.
The 60 second round was positively enhanced by the re-emergence of the School of Whimsy. Alan Shaw (of the green socks) told of a head mistress wanting to do something different, which led him on to remind us that he was available for feasibility studies. This was the Alan we have come to know and love almost back to his best. Nick Cooke (of the red and white hoop socks) spoke of a wedding in Coggeshall where his son was the best man and a reception in a barn. Gathered together in one place he realised that there were 5 people all of whom had obtained a mortgage from Mike Rogers, indeed when he though to include himself and his wife that became 7. As with his co-founder, Alan Shaw, he was totally off message. Brian Painter a more recent recruit to said school has been shouldering its burden over recent weeks but this week he was absolved this responsibility and was back to an analysis of what you take into your lungs when you smoke a cigarette. I noted down the following:- carbon dioxide, tar, ammonia, DDT, insecticide and acetone (paint stripper to you).
Prize for the best use of props must go to David Plumley (of the pink socks) who produced a dongle and a coat hanger. It was all to do with Broad Band connections apparently. If Brian Painter offers hypnosis and probably meditation; Terry Maylin was offering dispute resolution through mediation. This reference to mediation arose because of the fact that he had an appointment for amediation immediately after the breakfast meeting. Unusually he was therefore in conciliatory mode.
Rather depressingly Richard Reed was contemplating the Christmas holidays. He suggested a clipper cruise in the Caribbean. Nothing like a bit of alliteration to get one into holiday mode.
Donna Evans recounted 3 new jobs in the pipeline all of which came from referrals within the group which is both a good advertisement for her and a good advertisement for the group.
Pride of place in the 60 second round must go to Mike Rogers who said he was in “happy place”. I have no idea what coloured socks he was wearing but this is an unusual state of mind for our bellman but he did go on to explain why. In addition the fact that he got further free advertising from Nick Cooke should be enough to make anyone happy. So happy was he and so objective in his assessment….. he awarded the Oscar to Nick Cooke, unashamedly, because aforementioned red and white sockster hadmade reference to him on 7 occasions. As I might have mentioned in an earlier Blog, “blow in his ear and he’ll follow you anywhere!!1” Still it has to be said, he was multitasking in awarding the Oscar at the same time as ringing the bell for anyone who transgressed the 60 second rule.
The 10 minute presentation was a Michael Adelizzi special; lots of pictures of bathrooms and a well-presented history of how he started, where he has got to and where he is going in the future.
Don’t forget next week Steve Roach will be giving a presentation relating to radio advertising with EBF in mind and we are adopting the shortened meeting agenda that will give him 20 minutes to talk to you and receive questions.
Also may I ask all of you who are not going to be on holiday to use your very best endeavours to attend next week to keep up numbers.
Until next week.