Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 17th November 2016.
A good turnout, 24 members in all. A vibrant meeting ensued illustrating the importance of good attendance.
The Ed Slot was delivered by Scott Griffiths. His theme was setting goals and targets for our businesses. He used a metaphor comparing archery with darts and whether you aim for the bull or not. You needed to know the layout of a dart board and an archery target to fully appreciate the metaphor but the point was well made.
So to the 60 second round.
Interesting information from Marcelle Saad. The Millennials are the principal purchasers of diamonds in the world. Who are the Millennials? Well apparently they are people born in the eighties and nineties; presumably identified by the wealth of diamonds that they will displaying about their person.
Our learning curve is stretched with Marcelle being followed by Mike Rogers. His simple advice was, if you are a higher tax band earner don’t bother to borrow under a mortgage for a buy to let portfolio.
Things to celebrate; Kevin Brooks is now a well established grandad. He turned up wearing a cardigan but did not have the carpet slippers. I think he is gradually working himself into the role. In the meantime he told of a customer who had the audacity to get as hanging toilet from someoneother than the proprietor of the House of Thrones. Needless to say it all went pear shaped and said hanging toilet has to be stripped out and new one purchased from Michael Adelizzi who had also previously addressed us upon a customer who was “over the moon” with the bathroom he fitted for her. The moral of all of this is…… use Michael Adelizzi.
Disturbing things that occurred in the 60 second round revolved around first of all Jo Jones. She talked about “setting short term health goals” to deal with the seasonal stuffing that we give ourselves at Christmas and then the slow road back to recovery. Her goal seems to be to “make your stomach shrink”. If her message made us feel uncomfortable the second message saw Brian Painter was up to his usual tricks. Have we seen a member of our family or close friend slowly dying. Of course it was about smoking, about fatty acids and the clogging of arteries. The risk of cancer was an afterthought. Definitely the sort of thing you should listen to after you have eaten your breakfast rather than whilst you are eating it. David Plumley was trying the scare us with regard to the performance of our PC’s and finished up with the ultimate oxymoron, “stopping the computer starting”
Howard Bullock talked about DIY Investors and the importance of getting them to see him and stop being DIY investors. His answer to the DIY investors problem is to move them onto a platform. His 60 second just proved how important it was that you concentrate for the whole 60 seconds.
We welcome back our returned member Kevin Radford, AKA The Bard of Hadleigh. He re-established himself in his Bardic role by rattling off a poem that sang the praises of RMK. The comforting thing about Mr Radford’s poetry is that it rhymes.This is not true for some lesser poets.
I feel moved to comfort Richard Reed who demonstrated all of the offers that he sent through to us, none of which had been taken up. Do not lose heard my EBF chum, just keep it coming. It at least lets us know what’s on offer and keeps you to the forefront of our mind for referrals that might not necessary include skiing. I did consider the skiing trip for my mother. It seems to tick most of the boxes, at least the boxes that I perceive.
Jill Willis gave us details of a typical referral. She seemed a little bit down. This is because of the absence of tweed. Dean Caldon maintained his tweedy look but others had deserted what appears to be a sinking ship. Jill puts it down to the warmer weather.
Now here is a challenge for you all. If you all could try and wear something of a tweed like nature for next week you will not only create a fashion statement but will make Jill happy.
It was Steve Roach who won the Oscar by making us all laugh. He apparently jumped into a car to be driven off to a meeting much to the surprise of the owner who had never seen or heard of our Steve. You have got to watch the Phoenix FM team.
A highly entertaining 60 second round was followed by a question and answer session in the absence of our 10 minute speaker. This enforced method of dealing with the 10 minute presentation is always successful and today was no exception. Plenty of questions and informative comments from the members being questioned. It all helps clarify what we have all got on offer.
We moved seamlessly into the referrals round. This week the numbers were exceptional. 27 referrals and in excess of £53,000.00 worth of recorded business. Needless to say Scott Griffiths was overjoyed. We have recorded over £80,000.00 worth of business so far this month with another 2 meetings to go. Well done everybody!!!
So with announcements ringing in our ears that included a reminder from Richard Reed of the Synergy Team Meeting at the George and Dragon at Mountnessing on Monday 21st November 2016 @4.30pm., we all headed off into the bright morning.
Let us keep our attendance up for next week.