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Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 15th September 2016.
Great turnout, 24 in all including Jithin George from Crosspay.
We had a good start with Scott Griffiths delivering the Ed Slot. His theme was expectations and the necessity of businesses to manage their standards and the expectations of their client/customers. He finished up preaching the gospel of the benefits of being “consistently average”. In doing so he also managed to throw up sufficient of the whimsical and the incongruous to create the right atmosphere for the rest of the meeting. There was of course a serious point to all this which wasn’t lost on members…….maybe!!!
When the 60 second round got underway there was something of a theme of “heat”. References abounded.
Marcelle had explained that the rarest colour of Sapphire is purple. As it is the stone for a 45th wedding anniversary it’s not something we really need worry about. From purple to Jo Eastwood. With this September being the hottest September since 1973, coincidentally when “Last of the Summer Wine” first started, she has had a purple patch selling lots of Rose, which presumably is helping her customers cope with the heat. She was promptly followed by Michael Adelizzi who tried to throw some light on extractor fans. Talk about hot!!! Michael’s top of the range extractor fan “turns itself on”. If by this time the temperature was rising, then we were brought down to earth by Sharon Conway who had a cold. Her voice only just held out for the 60 seconds. Well done Sharon.
Stuart Smallcombe told of a client who instructed him through the wife of the partnership to go for a telephone system that was not the cheapest (£500.00) but top of the range (£2,000.00). It was no surprise to Stuart that they reverted to the £500.00 job once the husband got involved.
It was my intention in this Blog to ignore for once the competing forces of the School of Whimsy and the Naughty Table. There were some gems however which need to be put into the mix emanating from these august bodies. Alan Shaw had instructions from a householder to create two separate flats in a house so that a disabled son could look after his aging father. Brian Painter had three clients to talk about all of whom were addicted to the following:
- Coke (the liquid variety…I think)
- Jumbo Crisps. If ever there was an elephant in the room !
Anyway our Pilgrim dealt very effectively with these three addicts using EFT. Apparently you touch various parts of your body and suddenly the focus of your addiction no longer tastes pleasant. Something similar to acupuncture I believe. Alan and Brian certainly kept up the Whimsical side of the meeting. However they weren’t alone and Howard Bullock, very firmly of the Naughty Table was exceedingly whimsical with a tale of a fisherman who was going to go out of business because they were dredging the Thames. With reference to pensions as opposed to fishing “little pots make bigger pots”…you had to be there really!
Gill Willis fondly remembered Roahl Dahl. Her 60 seconds was lickswishy and delumptious. There was no hint of uckyslush orrotsome about her presentation. In fact it could be said that the whole of the 60 second presentation was scrumdiddlyumptious.
David Plumley bordered on the frenetic in illustrating how a lot of our businesses are synergetic and Alan Moller proved it by talking about extractor fans, and not only those that turn themselves on.
No 60 second round up is complete without Richard Reed’s offering. He was talking USA and indirect flights but produced what appears on the face of it to be an uncomfortable 5 nights on a hard rock for £499.00.
The Oscar however went to something really sensible, namely Anne Clarke explaining the importance of credit control and the way in which to go about doing it. She probably deserved if only for bringing us all down to earth, well done Anne, it was nice to see you after several months.
The 60 second round was followed very quickly by the Meeting Secretaries Report and he was able to refer to the £36,150.00 worth of business recorded which is excellent for a single meeting.
Modesty constrains me from dwelling on the 10 minute presentation which was an attempt by me to be instructive on the topic of Contracts of Employment. It is a tribute to my content and delivery that one of the first questions up was about a Will. Before that question, a question about a banana. It was only Matt Barry who saved me from total despair by giving me a referral relating to Contracts o Employment. Thanks Matt.
For those of you with any sense of recall and with a softer side to their character; I did go to the dentist, I did not have anything horrible done to me but unfortunately it will be happening in about 2 weeks’ time.
Next week however is another day and I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday.