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Chairman’s Blog – Meeting Thursday 24th January 2013
Despite the cold weather 26 members turned out and were rewarded with an enjoyable and constructive meeting.
Graham Wright filled the Ed Slot very ably – he delivered a very simple message; always go well armed when you are out and about to be able to give referrals. Take with you a Directory, make sure you have other members cards etc. It is fundamental to our group that we focus on giving referrals and place ourselves in the best position at all times to do so. If we all adopt this attitude we will all receive the benefit of more business. It was a good contribution.
The 60 second round, first up was Steve Carmichael-Brown subbing for Jamie Harrison which seemed quite bizarre.
Marcelle Saad delivered a good 60 seconds by pointing out various situations that could give rise to an opportunity for a referral for her.
Alan Shaw started off in a very focused way by warning of new Building Regulations which he would be able to offer advice upon. Unfortunately this will be in about a months time after he has been to the seminar. All of this took about 40 seconds. The remaining 20 seconds was taken up by a hum. Yes, that’s right, a hum, as in a way of making a tune. All slightly reminiscent of Winnie the Pooh.
The Bard of Hadleigh must now be known as the Hobbit of Hadleigh given his rather contrived reference to “Tolkein” in his sleep. Need I say more.
Mike Rogers sent round a list of interest rates from various Building Societies and suggested that if you thought you were paying too much for your mortgage you should approach him. This rather simple expedient directly led to referrals in the referrals round and therefore, from a results point of view the best 60 seconds of the day.
The whimsical was left to Claire Greenslade who produced a small creature that could be personalised and used as a screen wiper. I wasn’t quite clear what part of the body of this small creature was being used for the purpose, but no sooner had she introduced this question in all of our minds, than Kevin Brooks stood up and boasted of many funeral director clients and when Brian Painter rose to his feet I was fully expecting an exposition of how smoking produced clients for funeral directors. Instead he boasted getting women pregnant by hypnosis. I suspect this is a hypnotherapists version of the immaculate conception.
It was nice to be brought down to earth by what will now be Scott Griffiths’ clarion call “I don’t do crap websites”. I hope that’s clear. Indeed, talking of clear, Howard Bullock quite properly won the Oscar for demonstrating how he could save people lots of money.
Talking of money, £17,200.00 worth of recorded business was done with coming up to 30 referrals. All in all, a good effort by everyone and has us on track for really good figures for this year.
Richard Reed produced an interesting 10 minutes that was largely biographical, but once again got everybody thinking about holidays and therefore the resulting referrals. I suspect he has got us all now thinking about the Summer and I think he can expect a good return for his 10 minute reminder to us all.
Otherwise the meeting produced 2 matters of note one slightly downbeat, the other very upbeat:-
Mike Topping and Mike Moisley are leaving us. Their personalities and attitude have been a benefit to the group and we are sorry to see them go.
The new website is up and running and as always Scott’s contribution in producing something that is at the core of our effectiveness is appreciated by everybody.
I look forward to the weather improving for our next meeting, at least we can hope for slightly warmer weather to encourage us all to attend. Let’s try and have a big meeting next week and don’t forget our second anniversary meeting of the 21stFebruary 2013.