Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Thursday 8th May 2014
20 members present and 2 visitors Gary Waskett, who is only a re-joining fee away from being a member and Sophie Eades, Michael Adelizzi daughter and guest.
Top table was depleted, with Brian Painter standing in for David Plumley and Scott Griffith’s seat empty, which seat he had filled by 7.20am. As Reggie Perrin would have said “…cock up on the alarm clock front…” May that be a lesson to you all; it’s never too late to put in an appearance. If nothing else it gives me something to put in the Blog.
There was something of the Brian Painter show in today’s meeting. He kicked off with the Ed Slot by warning us to keep everything in perspective. It started with a young lady lying prodigiously to her parents in a letter so that they would not take too seriously her failure to pass her biology exam. He got us in the right mood for the 60 second round.
What also got us in the mood for the round was Tina’s “Ooh La La pullover”; the pully looked great but I can’t remember what she said. The whole thing seems something of a blur. Terry Maylin held up a warning sign that warned against getting mugged by insurers. Kevin Radford, as a broker of the same, talked of made to measure suits as he showed us the inside leg of his business. Michael Adelizzi was once again asking us to look for old ladies who wanted to change perfectly good bathrooms in order to get a change of colour. Mike Rogers was very happy although whether that was from winning the Good Egg award or having had a good March I am not quite sure.
Nice to see Jason Nortey keeping in touch, Nick Cooke apparently received a referral from him.
Alan Shaw’s presentation was as assured and fluent as ever, it went something like this:-
“Alan Shaw Architects, I do small extensions and large buildings,…flats above shops. Also new schemes…any of those”
Don’t say he didn’t ask!
One of the highlights was Richard Reeds monologue; it was something to do with someone missing a flight. It was a long story that took over 3 minutes to deliver by which time I was musing as to how exciting and interesting Alan Shaw’s presentation had been. Richard Reed was almost outdone by Howard Bullock who perhaps with a more upbeat approach gave us series of possibilities for the Pension in the Work Place Scheme. Of course it was Brian Painter who rescued us with a tale of a soldier who had a fear of public speaking even though in years in the army had him in Afghanistan locating roadside bombs. Anyway, it was great news, the said soldier went to Barbados performed well as the best man and also had a good holiday.
Gary Waskett gave us the fascinating insight into his past life by claiming that he had made a cup of tea for David Essex. What he didn’t say is that it prompted David Essex to utter the words…”you’re gorgeous…” and so another hit was borne.
I don’t know whether it was because he followed Tina in her Ooh La La jumper but Paul Booth won the Oscar by warning not to be just driven by price when you are selecting accountants, or anyone else really.
I then had the dubious honour of reading out Brian Painters biography as the lead in to his 10 minute presentation. Apart from winding up with a request to us all to look for smokers, subjects of panic attacks or people with phobias, his presentation was slightly more studied and downbeat than usual. He substituted his rather ghoulish case studies for an explanation of the workings of the sub conscious as set against the conscious mind and how he approached his subjects to cure them of their problem. It was delivered without notes, without histrionics but with great skill. A great performance and a great advertisement for his own skills that we should be more than keen to exploit with referrals to him.
Talking of referrals, the referrals and testimonials round was a good solid one with lots of referrals.
As this will be the last Blog for a couple of weeks (I am away on holiday) let’s try for a record number of comments to this Blog.
See you all in 2 Thursdays time.