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Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 5th May 2016.
A new month and, as if drawing breath, several apologies for absence. 19 members present reminded us of how good our attendance had been over the month of April 2016.
In drawing breath in anticipation of a good month before us David Plumley delivered the Education Slot. It’s theme was quality, the message was that this should be displayed by us both in delivering our services whatever they might be and our conduct with our fellow members in seeking referrals.
With Quality ringing in our ears we were informed that the winner of the Performance League last month was Nick Cooke – well done Nick, a performance of truly biblical proportions.
Scott Griffiths also reminded us that our mug shots are now there for all to be seen on the Web Site. Did I catch a hint of spring and a spring in everyone’s step now that we are all freshly photographed…. maybe not.
Marcelle was the first up in the 60 second round and heralded May by confirming that the Emerald was the birth stone for this month and it is the chromium in it that gives it its colour. A further interesting fact is that it can cost more than a diamond. If the Emerald’s purchaser needs a “happy pocket”, Jo Jones was looking to us all to exercise more in order to achieve a “happy body”. I was particularly taken by her description of the “power of eating well”. Fortified by the Mary Green Manor I already felt that I made a powerfully good start to the morning.
Richard Reed was producing his special offers again; 3 nights in New York at a 4 star hotel for £529.00 per person…that includes getting there. Apparently these offers only become difficult when Richard has to match them up the dates that the people want to fly. That did not seem to come as a great surprise to anybody sitting listening to him.
David Plumley once again referred to his brochure in order to remind us and himself of what he does. If anyone hasn’t seen his brochure a quick telephone call will relieve you of the problem, he has lots to distribute.
The School of Whimsy delivered 2 very similar messages; Nick Cooke warned that however nice looking a little bungalow might be beware of cracks in the front wall and Alan Shaw warned of the consequences, when building an extension, of ignoring rights of light. These esoteric musings by both set the right tone even in absence of Brian Painter who was elsewhere helping people exercise their franchise. Howard Bullock was verging on the borders of Whimsy. A lady had £300,000 spread across 27 bank accounts. She was 80 years old. He produced an investment bond that collected all of the various savings accounts together. Apparently there is nothing to declare so far as tax is concerned for 20 years. I think he is only storing up trouble for the poor old dear who will be 100 and probably incapable of declaring anything.
It was Kim Redwood-Lee who won the Oscar by owning up to nagging clients in order to make sure they complied with their obligations to the tax man and to her as their bookkeeper by delivering her all relevant documents. Who would have thought that Kim was capable of nagging. The surprise was palpable. Alas it was only all too believable as she delivered her 60 seconds with one hand on her hip and that sort of withering look that turns wrongdoers into pillars of salt.
After all that we were ready for the 10 minute presentation which was delivered by our newest member Brian Johnston. It’s always useful to get a 10 minute presentation early on in your membership but the second week was brave. Not only was it brave but it was also very well delivered and illustrated on the screen his presentation coupled with Q & A that followed means we all now know what he does, how he does it, and how we can sell him to ensure referrals.
I leave you with a couple of parting comments:
- For better or worse I will not be with you either next week or the week after.
- In my absence Terry has requested all of us to put in at least one invitation from the Web Site to a potential visitor. Remembers points will be deducted if you do not at least send out one invitation in time for next week. That’s 1000 points. Terry has followed this up with a round robin email so there is no excuse of any of us.
I will be thinking of you all as I follow sheep up fells.