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Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 12th December 2017.
Back in the full swing of things there was a good turnout, 23 Members and 2 visitors Len Maylin and former Billericay member Ian Stanley. Ian is threatening to return and join up.
David Plumley delivered the Ed Slot and focused on the 60 second round and our presentations. Amongst many suggestions the ultimate advice is that you should prepare your 60 seconds so that you do not mumble, stumble or otherwise bumble.
With David Plumley’s encouragement ringing in our ears we set about the 60 second round.
Jo Jones, the current holder of the Oscar was presiding. In her 60 seconds she came up with a remarkable proposition, namely that a 40 year old client of hers lost weight as a result of being encouraged by Jo to exercise less. That is the sort of message that will encourage punters from far and near.
I would like to think that the members of the School of Whimsy had resolved this New Year to deliver more and ever increasing whimsy. It would appear that I might well be disappointed. Alan Shaw had been the subject of envy of one punter who thought that he did nothing more than sit in his office and draw pretty pictures. This was a promising start but then he went on to describe to us what he could do for people who wished to convert their buildings and suddenly he was on message. Likewise Brian Painter toned things down. He is looking for smokers who are trying to maintain their New Year’s resolution about giving up smoking. He got his message over simply without giving us the gory details of the sort of damage that smoking does to the body. After what had been a very satisfying breakfast his approach was very much appreciated. Nick Cooke on the other hand started talking about little cracks. Little old ladies seem to value his services and this one had produced a nice testimonial for him after he calmed her fears that cracks did not amount to subsidence. All together far too focused. It might well be that David Plumley’s message in the Ed Slot had got through. I hope not.
Michael Adelizzi, he of the House of Thrones, was singing the praises of porcelain tiles that, because they were not porous, were less likely to stain. The porcelain tile imitates marble and can even be changed to look like wood. What will they think of next…
Pride of place must go to Kevin Brooks who is currently into props. This week he produced a fantastic machine that was used for taking levels and looked like R2D2. Kevin spent the bulk of the 60 seconds giving said android looking creature a good cuddle. This presumably helps it get its lines level and straight.
Although he did not produce any props Matt Barry is doing a job for clients that will involve animating different creatures including a ladybird and gecko moonwalking. Some people just have more exciting lives…
Howard Bullock, he of the Naughty Corner, went all posh on us. His advice has to take into account geo political events. Trump that if you can.
Pride of place however and the award of the Oscar went to Alan Moller. He went through all the things he could have talked about wasn’t going to talk about, and then asked us to look out for lighting show rooms for him, well done Alan.
The Meeting Secretary’s Report was stunning. 28 referrals this week and initially £51,750.00 worth of business written but then Kevin Brooks waded in with a further £150,000.00;….“may the force be with you” Kevin!
The 10 minute presentation this week fell to Nick Cooke who persisted with the theme of cracks. He also put up on the screen photographs to exhibit said cracks. The sinking of a house in the middle of a terrace was the most impressive. All in all the presentation was impressive. Nick is a long time member who we can all with confidence refer so let’s hope we can find some referrals for him arising from his presentation.
Based on the figures referred to earlier, given to us by Scott Griffiths, it was a good referrals round and as usual, the meeting always has a buzz when our numbers are up. Let’s keep up the good work and lets have a good turnout next week.