Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 7th July 2016.
A very good turnout, 24 members and one visitor, Robin Schapiro, who is an inventor…….nuff said!
Stuart Smallcombe provided a very excellent Ed Slot by not so much emphasising the importance of the 60 second round as the importance of us listening to everyone’s offering. He suggested eye contact and warned against people playing with their ‘phones. His fellow Naughty Cornerer , Mr Bullock, illustrated these short-comings in a very entertaining presentation.
Previously Scott Griffiths had announced the results of last month’s performance league and, as he was the winner he was duly presented with his certificate. This exhibited an efficiency that probably relied more on accident than intention.
Apart from being well attended and being an enthusiastic meeting it differed from other meetings in that Carmel Jane, our photographer, was busy at work throughout the meeting. She just about had time for breakfast. Thanks very much for your efforts Carmel; we look forward to the results.
And so with Stuart Smallcombe’s exhortations ringing in our ears, we all pulled up our chairs, put on our best concentration look and listened to the offerings of the 60 second round.
First up was Peter Hood. He gave us demonstration “a la mode de” Marcelle Marceau in describing how he fitted his grandfather’s boiler into a room the size of a rather small toilet. It apparently turned into a big job. Fortunately our inventor was on hand to explain a product that would have assisted him or would be best used to replace the boiler that he thought Peter was fitting. I think we all held our respective breaths during the rest of the 60 seconds round anticipating a further intervention if not invention.
David Plumley described what I though was a “Crypto Locker Virus”. When he started mentioning ransoms I gave up.
Alan Shaw posed the question, what you get if you cross a Lodge with a Garage? Presumably a Godge or a Larage. Anyway he has been doing drawings for such a structure and asked us all to remember him for feasibility studies. These can be for either lodges or garages.
Richard Reed was talking of summer in the mountains and skiing. I suppose there are some mountains that retain snow all year round but I did not quite catch where they were.
If Alan Shaw’s 60 seconds represented a good advert for the School of Whimsy, he was nonetheless beaten by Michael Adelizzi who posed the question…. what is the difference between us and other supplies or buyers of tiles and bathroom products. We all held our breath and awaited the answer. Unfortunately after a dramatic pause he had to declare he did not know.
Another paid up member of the School of Whimsy, Brian Painter, told us of a lady who was frightened of getting “stuck” in hypnosis and who also had such a fear of flying that she grilled pilots… now that was whimsy! Nick Cooke of aforementioned School, actually played it straight down the middle. He is a structural engineer and likes to do structural inspections. Given the efforts of his “School” mates his contribution was not really needed
Everyone was getting into the Whimsical act. Allan Moller described in great detail a job to install outside lighting on a patio which he ultimately turned down. That was not before he had described to us exactly what he would have had to have done. It did rather sound like a job for Lewis Hackney but hey, what do I know.
Lewis Hackney was awarding the Oscar in the absence of Jo Eastwood, last week’s winner. You might have heard the expression “…blow in his ear and he’ll follow you anywhere…” well Jo Jones produced chocolate bars for us all to taste that are better than Mars Bars. Of course he awarded her the Oscar!
After members contributions we always allow out visitors 60 seconds. This week was the exception in that our vising inventor spent 180 seconds whilst only scratching at the surface the various inventions he had been responsible for. Kim Redwood-Lee drew a knife at this stage but he sat down before the 4th minute started and we were therefore spared gratuitous violence.
So we had an entertaining 60 second round. What other good things were there!
Well we were just a couple of hundred quid short of £40,000,00 worth of business recorded for this week and over 20 referrals, a great effort!!!!
Our 10 minutes speaker was our usual 10 minute speaker introducer, namely David Plumley. A very professional presentation, well laid out and totally understandable. Although his 10 minutes was a good one he really needs no introduction to us all as to his professionalism and effectiveness. Many of us have had our screens jumping with movement that we had nothing to do with but we know somewhere in the background is out Plum weaving his demonic magic….. a really good presentation.
Don’t forget next week we will have a shortened meeting that we hope will come to a close at about 8am and we will then go over and visit SNAP. Thanks to Richard Reed for organising this.
I look forward to seeing you all next week.