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Chairman’s Blog – Thursday 11th April 2013
Good turnout, 30 in all including 1 guest Stewart Roberts who now has the membership form and will be joining, hopefully for the next meeting and Alan Shaw who arrived at 8am… that’s Greenwich mean time.
Alan was due to deliver the Education slot so he is partly to blame for you having to listen to me drone on about the proposed Billericay Meeting when you could have been hearing about water saving devices such as putting as brick in your cistern. I do feel that I produced something of an information overload for that early in the meeting and if any of you have any matters that you wish to have clarified about the Billericay meeting feel free to address these to myself or Scott.
It was therefore with some relief that we passed on to the 60 seconds.
Adrian Crosdale was into the fray early doors, leaving me to pose this question; what is cool or warm white and looks light a light bulb? A LED GLS light bulb of course.
It was Ian Buckley who enables me to pose the second question of this blog. What switches itself off on a Saturday?. Light switches timed for the purpose, installed to assist a Jewish client fully observe the Sabbath.
Whilst we are on questions. When is a crack in a wall not a real problem? The answer, of course, is when Nick Cooke inspects and tells you it is not.
Richard Reed stood up an declared that he rarely sells cruises. Only the unwary would have not seen this as an introduction to a 60 second presentation on cruises. Just to keep me happy he also mentioned £15,99 which I think was the price of something or other.
Nick Morgan was his ironic self, heralding spring with his array of banners.
Meanwhile Jaimie recycled a previous verse that she had used just to maintain the green credentials of Carmichael Browns.
Things started settling down to normal when Terry Maylin threatened and advertised he legal remedies of “a good kicking” and John Probert advertised the benefits of having all services on one bill. Tell that to a duck!
If anyone thought it might be a rather tedious 60 second round this was dispelled by Brian Painter. He explored everything that was involved with IBS (yes that is right, Irritable Bowel Syndrome) which apparently at best causes flatulence. That’s always good for a laugh when a group of British Blokes are together in one place.
By the way, did anybody notice Jason’s shirt, yet it was that chess board garish blue check job that has clearly been washed and pressed and back into service. It was slightly mitigated by the waistcoat that he was wearing but your eye kept being draw across to his end of the table.
So who won the Oscar you are asking? Well, probably most of you remember…it was Kevin Radford who sang “ticket to ride”, “yesterday” and generally tried to male insurance sound interesting after last week’s rather dismal performance. Cheer up Kevin, it could be worse, you could be suffering from the effects of IBS. (worse for all of us that is)
So we thought that all of our fun was over with the end of the 60 second round. None of it, just when we were about to settle down to the 10 minute session the apparition known as Alan Shaw appeared bang on time….8am. He did however not arrive in time to hear the renaming of our Power Groups. Synergy Teams from now on ladies and gentlemen! We had a very good Synergy Team meeting on Tuesday which was reported to the meeting by Paul Booth and I am looking forward to another one on Monday when we gather at the George and Dragon under the chairmanship of Richard Reed with Business to Commerce Team.
Remember, next week’s 60 seconds to have at least the mention if not the theme of synergy in your offerings.
Peter Hood produced a very confident 10 minutes for his first attempt, giving us his back ground and the principles that he applies to his business. Well done Peter.
The referrals and testimonials round produced recorded business of £11,203 and what finally amounted to about 28 referrals which represented a more than satisfactory effort from the members. Peter Hood in his ten minutes did make mention of toilets coming in different shapes and sizes. This was theme was taken up in the referrals and testimonials round when Geoff Todd declared that he had a toilet at the bottom of his garden…I think! So the meeting came to a close with Chris Smythe winning the Speaker’s Prize but leaving it behind. Do not worry Chris, I have got it and will look after it for you although if you don’t turn up next week and collect it I will drink it.
I look forward to seeing you all next week.