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Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 7th January 2016
It was like a scene from Tom Brown’s School Days; the beginning of a new term.
22 Members piled into Mary Green Manor throwing their satchels and books onto the places set out at the meeting breakfast table. Excitedly they drank coffee and orange juice and exchanged stories of the hols whilst wishing each other Happy New Year. There were the smug ones who attended Jo Jones’ Boot Camp before the break; the excited who had overseen Christmas Day complete with children and grand children; and then there were just the plain relieved who had had the pleasure if dispensing Christmas and New Year frivolity to impassive and grumpy aged relatives.
The first Ed Slot of the New Year was presented by Scott Griffiths who in true boy scout tradition emphasised the importance of being prepared, particularly with reference to the 60 second round but also generally in relation to your business, to attending meetings and to generally conducting yourself in a positive way. This particularly important message was emphasised by Scott himself when reminded by David Plumley at 6.50am that he was doing the Ed Slot, his face momentarily drained of colour and then he scuttled off to the table to ensure that he was prepared.
Whilst talking of Scott, and on sartorial matters, he was wearing a pair of green but with a hint of black socks illustrating that there is in fact a Father Christmas and that there is an element of the indiscriminate about the distribution of presents. No less presentable and in a thoroughly stunning matching outfit was Brian Painter who stood from head to foot in what could be described as Khaki. Shirt, tie, trousers, shoes, all matched. If you feel I have missed anybody out in my fashion review please mention them in your comments to this Blog.
The 60 second round had a theme of New Year’s resolutions that you were intending to make or relevant to your business.
The Naughty Corner were particularly in evidence although they did not have a theme as far as their resolutions were concerned. Indeed they were somewhat diverse. Dean Caldon was going to do something different in marketing and grow his lettings portfolio. Stuart Smallcombe was very well behaved in announcing that he had resolved to prepare much better for his 60 seconds and on a business level simplify things, get back to basics. It was wet and it was dark and he was still wearing his shorts (and wearing a rather fetching red check shirt) but Howard Bullock was not having any of it. Resolutions were counterproductive, were a weight on your shoulders and he for one was not going to make one. He is however looking for administrative support as the year progresses. We would all settle for a resolution from him to permanently turn up in shorts…or maybe not.
It was Paul Booth, a recent deserter of the Naughty Corner who put us right. It is plans, not resolutions that we should be making. Resolutions are almost by their nature, there to be broken. Plans have a more permanent ring about them. Lucinda “Noddy” Wilson was with him on this, she said that she had written down all her goals. There you see… goals ,plans, not resolutions, she apparently meditates and is looking for an office.
What of the School of Whimsy? Surely they should be able to produce something esoteric on the subject of resolutions. They did not disappoint. Alan Shaw acknowledged that any resolutions tended to “peter out” as he put it and finished up with the declaration “don’t do today what you can put off until tomorrow”. Nick Cooke promised to be more dynamic, to make his 60 seconds less dull, less predictable. Don’t worry Nick, if we are all bored to death knowing exactly what you do you probably have succeeded in achieving the purpose of your weekly 60 seconds. Brian Painter declared himself simply there to help people fulfil their smoking resolutions (about giving up that is).
Jo Eastwood caught the spirit of January. She is helping promote dry January by promoting dry wines. The girl will go far!
Pride of place however had to go to Kevin Brooks who is looking to work smarter and also earn more money. Yes you guessed it, he has lots of holidays lined up. He was promptly awarded the Oscar.
Other things of note in this first meeting of the New Year included the 10 second presentation by Paul Booth. He was all tooled up and used the projector to good effect. We were shown the Hermitage when more than just one of our members carries on business from and then ran through what he had to offer. It was very much Paul’s day. For being the most consistent member of the group in the passing of referrals and general work in promoting the group he received the Good Egg Award to hold for this coming quarter.
The referrals and testimonials round was equally positive and lively as it should be as the first of a new year. There were 30 referrals passed and in excess of £7,000.00 worth of business recorded which gets us off to a good start.
For next week I am hoping that we can maintain our good attendance record. Particularly because it will be the shortened training style meeting so that we can take stock of and look to the future in relation to our recruitment. Terry will be looking to review contacts made last year and plan for this year. This is an important aspect of moving the group forward and a full attendance would be very useful from everybody’s point of view.
I look forward to seeing you all then.