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Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Tuesday 24th June 2014.
21 in all present including 2 visitors, Lewis Hackney for the second time clutching a membership application form, we hope to induct him next week and Ian Stanley who specialises in removal and storage, who was here for the first time and was threatening to turn up next week.
Nige Kirby used the Ed Slot to tell poignant little story. The desire to do something good to help our fellow man was at the heart of the tale and also how we should approach our networking. We should be looking for referrals for each other ahead of anything else and if we all do this we will all of course receive the level of referrals that will make our membership at EBF worthwhile.
With such philosophy ringing in our ears; with such high ideals being at the forefront of our minds, the 60 second round kicked off and it to rise to the occasion, Kieran Sweeney produced a pink pig that squeaked. One good prop deserves another as he was followed by Richard Willis who threw a golf glove on the floor. Hugo Heij’s approach was slightly more subtle. He had a red and white tie, apparently in commiseration with supporters of the England football team. Surely, after the first 3 speakers we had run out of props. Nothing like it, Christine Arnold produced a packet of polo and later on Debra Glover produced either another packet of polo or borrowed the same one from Christine to help illustrate how the life changing opportunities that she provides are capable of providing to all of us….
That left me thinking, with regard to others contributions, whether they could have equally effectively benefitted from the use of props. Adam Hotson for example told us the form that was needed to be filled in for the revenue to declare employee benefits,a P11D. That would have been good. Katie Adams talked of a beer festival and a couple of illustrative bottles of the amber nectar would have gone down a treat. Brian Painter told of a client who was frantic and kept say “Golly Gosh”. Any prop he had produced would have been likely to cause Clarkson like offence and heaven knows what Nige Kirby would have produced to illustrate his tag line “…if it’s got a pipe going into it…”.
The fact of the matter was, the sun was shining the scrambles eggs was wonderful and everything was right with world.
Dean Smith was awarding the Oscar and Debra Glover’s packet of polo did the trick.
The 10 minute presentation was Ian Nicholson’s and his performance was excellent as he told us of his early career up to the present date and then gave a very clear description of the areas of work that he is looking for. His professionalism of presentation should be enough to enable us to feel confident in recommending him in relation to pensions and investments.
Scott Griffiths announced to the meeting our forthcoming education sessions that we are now proposing to roll out on a monthly basis. The first will be next week when Scott will give a presentation. We are looking, by removing the Ed Slot at the beginning of the meeting and the 10 minute presentation from the middle of the meeting, to produce at least 20 minutes to enable not only what we hope will be a useful and focused presentation but also time for interaction and some discussion by us as a group.
All you have to do is turn up next week in order to see how it goes and holidays apart let’s see if we can have a full house.