20 of us were in attendance today. It was nice to see Neil Bellham back after a prolonged absence and Leann Reason’s husband Paul was in attendance as a visitor. Visitors always make us behave ourselves.
The Performance League
After the first week Vincent Goode is out front with 105 points, his success arising from introducing a visitor who in fact joined. Remember we are looking for a mortgage broker which is a valuable slot that can give you the chance of getting you to the top of the leader board.
Toby Acton was this week’s presenter and he posed questions as to how we make our decisions in business. One way is to lay out the pros and cons and balance them. This he suggested was one-dimensional. He suggested 4 questions when examining a decision and suggested the Cartesian method. No doubt his point of reference was Jean-Luc Marion. He is not a Star Ship Captain but one of the best contemporary Descartes scholars who has written five books on the subject. His consideration of fundamental questions of a philosophical nature provided the inspiration for Toby and enabled him to instruct us as to what questions we should be asking ourselves when making such decisions. I will spare you more detail on the basis of the assurance that Toby gave us that he would be sending an e-mail round providing further enlightenment. If you are really up for it you could always of course go to the source material and buy Jean-Luc’s books.
The 60 Second Round
Mike Hickson won the Oscar last week but is away on holiday. Neil Bellham stood in as replacement adjudicator and went first. He told us if lots and lots of projects he has been involved with including a TV shoot that has just finished.
Tina Walker has her eye on the holiday season where she can render assistance to beleaguered business owners who want to get away. Mike Skinner was similarly focused, requesting businesses run by skilled Craftsmen so that through the magic of video he could demonstrate the creation of their products.
Nick Cooke does structural inspections for premises to ensure that they are in good nick (why haven’t I thought of this before?).
Toby Acton doesn’t like big ‘buts’, it gets in the way of taking action. James Humphreys by contrast likes them. He likes to question the parameters of his insurance…..’But what about….?’. On the subject of butts, Jane Malyon, bless her, shared an experience of getting stuck in a chair and before we are at all judgmental, there will be those of us, myself included, who have had problems with the seating at the George and Dragon. Like Jane, I managed to get up eventually without bringing the seat with me but it was a close call.
Stuart Smallcombe had a memorable date for us. The 5th September 2023 is when his industry will be prohibited from selling services that are not IP based. If you want to know more and think this might affect you speak to him directly.
Vincent Goode opened up Speed Print with his father on the 6th June 1983. When your business espouses ‘speed’ you can’t be surprised if 40 years just flies by.
It is part of the British disease that we are, as a race fascinated by toilets. Jokes involving them always seemed funnier than they really are and a 60 second presentation that talks about clients who deal in toilets was bound to get the Oscar for Scott Griffiths and Neil duly obliged. A very entertaining round.
Meeting Secretaries Report
There were 16 referrals this week but Scott Griffiths used his report to urge us to review our members profile page. Half of the members he considers to be good in this area but the other half, maintaining the lavatorial theme, are crap. Get in touch with him those of you who are in the latter category.
10-minute presentation by Terry Maylin
It was Terry Maylin’s turn this week who used one of our equity card-carrying members, Paul Booth, to conduct a solicitor-client interview where he emphasised his debt collecting, rent chasing and accident claim expertise. The format successfully covered areas of law where you really need to seek Terry’s advice. A very effective presentation.
Referrals and Testimonials
Arguably the most important part of the meeting as it represents the reasons why we attend. Plenty of both and as always, a positive end to a great morning’s work