Chairmans Business Networking Blog, Thursday 4th September 2014
Thought we had 20 plus one visitor, Ed Crocker, former member who has sort of reinvented himself, however at 7.19 am, yes I was looking, Alan Shaw, like a ferret down a trouser leg, was in his seat, so we were 22 in all.
Paul Booth figured prominently initially. He was the runaway winner of the August Performance League and delivered the Ed Slot. His regular performance levels deserve attention by us as to what he says about our Group. His point today was the importance of Visitors, whether converted into members or not. It is important that we all are vigilant for new members. The more members the more business. This initiative is being pursued as I write this blog. May I add my voice to the encouragement for all of us to concentrate over the next few weeks on Visitors.
Alan Shaw had barely sat down before he was first up in the 60 second round. Mention of extensions, feasibility studies and Planning Permissions confirmed he was awake.
Alex Pink gave us a history lesson. Pre 1995 things were pretty primitive so far as the video industry was concerned. For those of us that remember those distant times other things were also primitive. A flavour of these from our older members might prove revelatory to young Alex…go on, comment on this blog by revealing the hardships of yesteryear.
Young Nick Cooke was still rattling on about basement flat extensions and bridges for wind turbines but he added to his wish list annoying little jobs. Nothing too small apparently!!!
Gary Waskett made up for a written off car by reporting, with a hint of glee I felt, the closing of doors by a massage parlour……..must have rubbed someone up the wrong way!!!!
Richard Reed like some demented bingo caller was all the 9s. 1399 for a safari, 399 in Madeira with a sort of BOGOF and 1999 for a five star cruise. If 1995 made Mike Rogers feel old, why not go on a cruise Mike.
On the personnel side of things, Stuart Smallcombe is looking for marketing manager, Paul Booth for an accounts person…….now I am looking for employers.
The member looking farthest back in time was Our Pilgrim, who took someone back to their birth and a painful pregnancy and cured him of feeling uncomfortable in his skin. Now there is a challenge, find people uncomfortable in their skin and send them to Brian. In the meantime he can luxuriate in the achievement of winning the Oscar.
Anything else of note? Only that The Bard of Hadleigh was reminiscing about Dr Who and the Cybermen, which was well before 1995, and Scott Griffiths mentioned the “C” word…….at the beginning of September!!!
From the 60 sec. to the 10 mins.
Peter Hood had prepared us a quiz, all about waste, flushing etc and other Music Hall subjects of titillation. His hard work in preparation was rewarded with a helpful insight into his world and what he does….and the winner of the quiz even got a prize.
Numbers were also good, just under £9000 of business recorded and 18 referrals
I will not see you all next week, but I hope you all see each other
A truly enjoyable meeting. A pity that only myself & Terry Maylin were flying the flag for those who wish to bare their legs. We shall remain resolute and true to The Cause!
A meeting memorable for many things today… Howard: resplendent in his new shoes (yes, & shorts), and his short lived challenge against Brian: who, not the Dr., swatted his challenge away as if but a small fly even while giving an oscar winning 60 second performance, Peter: who is looking for some “light relief” and Mike: smiling!! whatever next?
We were all well and truly thrashed in August by Paul yet again who gave us tips on how to maximise our points gained each month – INVITE VISITORS!!!
The best converstation / discussion this week was regarding the need for a macerator pump rather than a mere standard pump
Congratulations to Kim for winning the “Plumbers Quiz” She certainly knows a lot about hot flushes! Congratulations also to the Blog Meister, it was on the web almost before I arrived home and an amusing read. Now to yesteryear, When I was at school ballpoint pens had just become in vogue, they were invented by a Czechoslovakian called Biro, they were of course banned since one could not develop any character in one’s written. We had “dip pens” (that’s when I developed an interest in calligraphy) and desks that had ink wells which were regularly topped up by one of the porters, these porters were a few sandwiches short of a picnic (as they say) on enquiry we were informed that if full picnics were employed then school fees would increase and that would upset our parents! I was just eleven when I had my first beating, we were learning Latin and I was sucking a wine gum, this was spotted by the Master who informed the class that he had never been so insulted during the many years he had been teaching that a boy should have the effrontery to suck a sweet in his class (this master was fluent in Latin, French and Greek) I was sent to the Headmaster’s study where I received 4 whacks on my bottom with a size 12 gym shoe, perhaps it was character forming but it still hurt! I’m going to a darkened room now with a large scotch!
PS Amo ,amas amat etc that’s about all I remember..
Ano, alas amat? Does that mean Ow, that hurt? Perhaps you need a good hynotherapist to regress back and banish those demons..
Here Here Howard – cant believe that no one else appreciates it is still summer ! Great meeting very lively. I have invited Colin Morgan of Meakins to the meeting he is a printer and stationer from Maldon.
I understood the shorts Howard but couldn’t fathom out why you were wearing the hairy gorilla suit bottoms underneath. Another good meeting and well done Alan for making it putting to shame all those that turned over and went back to sleep! You know who you are . Six referrals received this week thank you all very much.