Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 27th November 2016.
19 in all including Nikhil Shah who is applying to join, this coupled, with Tina Walker’s request for an application form so that she can re-join the group, represents a good news day.
Brian Painter took charge of the Education Slot this week and looked at the “referral slip” and how to deal with it through the eyes of the recipient. A useful reminder of our obligations, to those members who do give us referrals, to deal promptly and efficiently with them.
Best wishes to Matt Barry who is under the surgeons knife for his knee, our best regards for a speedy recovery.
The 60 second round had a Halloween theme, which, despite Richard Reed’s admonitions when awarding the Oscar at the end of the round, produced some notable contributions.
Tina Walker had threatened to come round and see people on her broomstick in order to tidy up their paperwork. Alan Shaw rejected it as a festival because it was American but introduced it into his 60 without approving of it.
Scott Griffiths told of horror stories when websites are hacked. Mercifully we were spared Brian Painter’s oft told joke about “ghosts” and “ghoulies”. For those of you who cannot remember it, you don’t get grabbed by the “ghosts”….
Jill Willis told of a ghoulish marketing gaff and Paul Booth revealed that there was not the ghost of a dog in the Hermitage, it was just one of his beezer wheezes. Steve Roach gave us details of a Halloween event being sponsored by Phoenix FM and Jo Eastwood produced a Mexican Death Mask Vodka. The advantage with Jo’s props is that they are all alcoholic and as this was no exception and she was inline for the Oscar but it finally went to Steve Roach.
So much for the Halloween theme. Was there anything else of note? Well Nick Cooke told of huge bifold doors and huge beams. He wasn’t the only person bigging it up, Alan Heggie boasted a host of Qualifications, but none of them seem to enable him to make the car drive itself.
Richard Reed was telling us of “loads of offers” which included a sale of Sandals. A great deal for the Summer but not, I should think, at this time of year. A sobering but not ghoulish presentation was Terry Maylin’s. Make sure you know who you are dealing with when you agree to do a job for them. He gets sleepless nights about this; he shouldn’t but you should if you do not know who to sue when you are not being paid for what you have done.
So ended a very varied 60 second round.
Brian Painter was multitasking and was the 10 minute presenter. His 10 minutes was a little different from usual. He demonstrated how he actually deals with a client. Always ready to step into the breach, and this time sporting pink wig and tennis balls arranged under his shirt, was Paul Booth. His role was that of somebody who had a fear of flying. He did manfully (or was it womanfully) well to keep his voice high for most of the time. The pink wig and the slight bearded growth made him look like he was auditioning for an advertisement for extra strength kitchen towels. Brian explained the effect of adrenalin when your subconscious is trying to protect you. It apparently instils a fight or flight approach. In Paul’s case, a flight approach would have worked!!! The questions that followed included an enquiry from Stuart Smallcombe as to whether people dropped off to sleep when they were being hypnotised. Brian’s response was, effectively, is that he did not let them. He did not quite say how he achieved this; this was left to our imagination or perhaps our sub-conscious.
Following Brian’s presentation which was, as always, well received, there was a good referrals round and the meeting ended with a reminder about next Wednesday and EBF’s Exhibiting. Keep your eyes open for the emails from Scott and or Jill on this.
I hope to see as many of you as possible at the event next week.
Very entertaining 10 minutes from Brian with Paul’s assistance! Great to have Tina coming back and a big welcome to Nikhil i am sure you will do well in the group.
Yes Terry I agree. Not sure that we’d want to accept the “Mrs Stittle” in Pink who was the guest appearance as a new member though.
Sorry to have missed yet another meeting. I am still alive and hope to see you all soon!
Scary stuff this week, especially men in wigs, Happy Halloween everyone!
Great meeting. Happy to provide my acting services in any future 10 minutes/60 seconds but if I am asked to play a woman again, please provide a bra as my balls kept slipping.
Aidan, I do believe Brian explained that he turned the music up to stop his clients falling asleep – obviously you were affected by the lack of any music 🙂
Seriously though, very good meeting as always.
Great meeting have a great Halloween everyone ! ☠️???
My thanks to Paul (the interesting accountant) for his thespianonic performance. Could a gong be on the way for his services to the arts? Good to see Tiny Tina with us again and welcome to Nikhil. I can already feel a tooth ache coming on!