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Chairman’s Blog Tuesday 23rd July 2013
13 people braved the thunder lightning and rain and were rewarded with perhaps our most effective meeting to date.
2 guests included Kieran Sweeney from Utility Warehouse for the second week. I understand he will be joining and I look forward to inducting him as a member. Nozzy Nyathi of Deep Clean Professional Services was with us for the first time.
From the very outset three things of note:
- The location of the main meeting room gave us a lighter and more suitable lay out for tables and chairs.
- The EBF fly made its presence known at the beginning of the meeting it stayed for the whole meeting which proves that so far as the fly on the wall was concerned, there was some value in the meeting.
- Finally and perhaps most importantly the breakfast included scrambled eggs as well as fried eggs. Not only were the eggs scrambled but they were scrambled to perfection, soft but neither too firm nor too runny, a perfect beginning to the day!!
The Ed Slot was delivered by Brian Painter who reminded us all of our obligations to only publicise to the meeting and particularly through the 60 seconds our permitted area of expertise. He reminded us of the need to ensure that we do not tread on other members “toes”. If in doubt always speak to the other member concerned before to ensure that there is no misunderstanding.
With Brian’s words ringing in our ears we launched into the 60 seconds round. Nige won the Oscar last week, received a bright glistening substantial statue which he proudly took home with him and …forgot to bring to the meeting. We were back to the “virtual” Oscar.
Robert Mayes was first up and concentrated mainly upon floors (as opposed to “flaws”).
Both Rosemary Cleave and Tina Walker respectively were relying upon holidays to sell their wares. Rosemary was flogging travel insurance and Tina explaining how she could assist any business that was stretched by you, it’s principal or other members of staff being away on holiday.
Jim Henshaw’s area of protection this week was the family income benefit. Anne Clarke started off with the following line… “20 years ago today…” Like all of us of a certain age we expected this to be followed up by…”Sergeant Pepper taught his band to play”…In fact this was when she first moved to Billericay. I bet she did not think at the time that within 20 years she would be standing in the Ivory Rooms at 6.30am with thunder, lightning and rain outside contemplating delivering her 60 seconds.
Ed Crocker told of the “National Courier Awards “ and how the courier of the year tied a parcel to a brick and threw it through a window by way of delivery. I think we should bear in mind that Ed is a tall bloke and he might be trying to match his height with his stories. Now Ed Crocker will go anywhere at any time. This is a sharp contrast to Nige Kirby. Although he claimed to be able to find faults anywhere, he does not do it past Romford. No doubt under hypnosis he could reveal to Brian Painter what happened in early life to create this aversion. Talking of Brian Painter, he was explaining how he helped manage a ladies tinnitus.
A lively 60 seconds round was followed by a Brian Painter 10 minutes. For the uninitiated, a Brian Painter 10 minutes has the following characteristics:
- It lasts for at least 15 minutes
- At some time during his delivery he will make smile laugh or probably even more than this.
All of these happened but we were in addition treated to a very polished performance that gave us a very clear explanation of the nature of his hypnotherapy practice, the way he goes about his business thereby enabling us to recognise people who might well be able to successfully avail themselves of his services. An excellent performance and hope we can all rise to the challenge.
The Referrals and Testimonials round produced a healthy number of referrals. The prime producer was Nigel Kirby with 3 referrals as well as an acknowledgement of money leaflet.
It seemed to me that today the meeting came of age. We have in prospect a new member and one or two visitors for next week Let’s have a really good turn out and let’s carry on where we left off.
I look forward to seeing you all next week.