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Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 4th April 2016.
Carmel was there at crack of dawn with those who turned up bright eyes and bushy tailed to have their photographs taken. Not only did members turn up early, not only were they rubbed and scrubbed, but there were plenty of them, 25 in all which is one of our best attendances for a long time.
Carmel very successfully got all photographs taken by 7am and our thanks to her for her efforts which no doubt will bear fruit when we see the silk purses appearing on our Web Site. By comparison I suspect turning water into wine will be a simple task although it would tread on Jo Eastwood’s toes.
If Carmel’s efforts represented the first reason to be cheerful and the turnout of 25 members the 2nd , the 3rd was Brian Johnston’s induction as our most recent member. The significance of the name Brian might not have been apparent to him at the beginning of the meeting and indeed not apparent to any of the members at that time. However the 60 second round and indeed the rest of the meeting was dominated by Donna Evan’s declaration at the beginning of her 60 seconds that she thought Alan Shaw was “Brian” Shaw…or rather she just realised that he wasn’t “Brian”; as a group we have never been ones to turn up an opportunity for being school child like in our humour and so there then followed the inevitable miscalling of everyone whose name was Brian and I think our newest member might feel that the suggestion of calling him “Dave” was a good idea.
And so to the 60 second round itself.
One theme that emerged was the “no job too small” declaration that was made by Peter Hood, repeated by Jill Willis and echoed at the end of the round by Alan Moller.
Ever mindful of the value of props in the 60 second round Lewis Hackney produced a limestone brick. You might not be surprised as to learn that it did not win him the Oscar.
Stories about ladies dominated.
Brian Painter talked about a lady with IBS who can now venture out of the house on walks and is aiming at the ultimate of show of confidence, the ability to break wind and in public without embarrassing yourself…how does that work Brian.
Dean had a lady whose problems paled into insignificance but she had had her property on the market for 9 months and he is now trying to shift it for her.
No sooner had Dean sat down then Howard Bullock stood up and told of a woman who had money in the bank she was drawing on to supplement her income. Howard was hoping to stop her leaking money in this way.
Carmel apparently made someone cry by photographing the house they were selling and thereby persuading them not to sell. This is the sort of secret weapon that Dean definitely does not want and it’s not surprising therefore that he did not award her the Oscar. If she made people cry over photographing a house. It will be interesting to see how she gets on with our portraits for the Web Site.
Dean quite rightly awarded the Oscar to Donna, if only for sowing the seeds of entertainment that lasted to the end of the meeting.
As to the rest of the meeting; there were 30 referrals, which is good going and the 10 minute presentation was by none other than Alan Shaw AKA Brian who is settling in to his new persona. Apart from using the screen, which was admirable, he adopted the rather whimsical procedure of laying all of his drawing out on the floor so that we could all tip toe round them and look at them. It worked well enough and was a good presentation. Let’s get out there and find him some Arab Prince who wants a palace building. Otherwise I am sure he will put up with extensions.
There ended our most successful meeting at MaryGreen Manor and it would be wonderful if we maintained out attendance numbers for next week.