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Business Networking Blog – Guest Written by Kevin Radford
Unfortunately our resident blogger had to leave the meeting early today to attend a training course in London so I thought I would have a go instead. By the way Aidan and Terry you both owe the charity pot a pound for turning up in jeans – its simply not allowed I’m afraid.
21 present today and a few apologies for absence . One notable absentee was our intrepid charity short wearer –who turns out not to be so intrepid bearing in mind he is suffering from Man flu on a mild october balmy morning , what chance then of surviving the arctic weather conditions that are bound to arrive before your ordeal is over. A minimum £5.00 fine me thinks. I did consider rolling up my trouser legs to stand in but felt that this might be too much for some so soon after breakfast.
The Meeting got off to a an uplifting start with a pitch perfect education slot delivered by Stuart Smallcombe , notably assisted by two beefcakes who without any warm up or rehearsal were not only able to hold both string in one hand and notice in the other (multi tasking by men must have impressed the girls) but were also able to add panache to a very well delivered piece about the Line of Life.
So on into the 60 second round . I have to say that everybody delivered an excellent performance today I didn’t notice any particular themes ,but I don’t have the experience of Aidan to pick these out.
Gary Waskett told us that it was important businesses contacted them in good time so that they had the best chance of helping you recover. Janice Bentley-Pearson stated that its really important that you have business continuity planning in place. Howard would no doubt of told you how important key man insurance was and Aidan the importance of having partner agreements in place .
Terry Maylin was joy personified as he glorified in the freezing of a defaulters assets and blimey o’reilly (not to say most disconcerting) even Mike Rogers was able to raise a smile as he announced he can get you a fixed rate mortgage at 1.59% (reminded me a bit of that geezer on strictly although he’s a bit happier “ darling”).
Kevin Brooks was a bit of a tease , he tantalised us with his tale of being in the thick of a bunch of comedians at a charity Golf day and hearing loads of jokes , he chuckled to himself once or twice as he remembered the wisecracks and then sat down without sharing .
Kim Redwood-Lee told us the tale of a fraudulent bookkeeper and explained at Redwood Clarke they always work by the Mantra that honesty is the best policy. Kim has just returned from a week in the Sahara desert raising a fantastic amount of money for Charity. She told me it was hard work but the only photo’s I have seen showed her either sitting around drinking or sitting around on top of a camel, I think it was poor old Laura who had to do the grafting. I also checked out the nails –no chips and no sign of sand. Well done to you both on a fantastic effort.
Graham Wrights’ into House clearance , I think this was after the owner had moved on and Paul dragged in his first Disabled client this week , whether they wanted an accountant or not he didn’t say but he wanted to try out his new office ramps.
Brian Painter read out two Testimonials from his clients which proved that Hypnotherapy can really help but my Oscar award went to Richard Reed this week. He read out his USP’s and told us why we should use his Travel services. Having used his services on several occasions I know that he does exactly what he sets out to do , he provides excellent holidays, tailored to your requirement but also provides the service to ensure that your holiday goes smoothly.
Paul Booth then gave us some feedback on the Professional Synergy meeting held this week. Perhaps feedback is the wrong word as when questioned he had to confess that there was a notable absence of Muffins this month ,but normal service will hopefully be resumed before next week.
Tina Walker gave an assured performance in delivering the 10 minute slot and gave us all the ammunition we need to go out to our clients to explain the advantages of using her services. Namely she will work when you need her so no need to pay for idle time. She can do all things secretarial including providing an excellent telephone back up service for you when you are otherwise engaged. This struck me as being a “no brainer” for smaller businesses and she also received numerous testimonials from members who have used her services to date so lets go and find her some new contacts.
I cant remember the figures but there were loads of referrals and about £23,000 of business.
And I won the door prize so the meeting ended as well as it begun.