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Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 12th June 2014.
19 in all including one visitor, Mark Blackham of Basildon Hyundai who after the meeting made positive noises about joining.
David Plumley’s Ed Slot focused on being specific in your 60 second presentations to the type of work, the type of client/Customer and if possible any particular company or organisation you are looking to be introduced to.
World Cup fever was not exactly rife but the announcement that Scott Griffiths had drawn Iran at the Billericay meeting’s sweep stake gave him a pair with a risk of being know henceforth as the Ayatollah.
Beware of intemperate utterances Mr Griffiths to avoid it becoming a permanent label.
Whatever the source of inspiration, David Plumley’s Ed Slot or World Cup fever, the 60 second round was a very positive, dare I say, specific affair.
I will concentrate on the unusual or the bizarre when dipping into the various contributions.
Daniele White on behalf of Redwood Clark claimed she had a long list of fun facts about book keeping…but she had left it behind. She did remember something about Mick Jagger but the ancient Rhythm and Blues man no doubt would be mortified to think that he was viewed in a light-hearted way.
Howard Bullock talked of the auto enrolment pensions, explaining with stand-up comedian zeal how you might be “in” “out” or “otherwise” in relation to said pension arrangements.
Paul Booth was looking for local businesses and somehow managed to extended his wish list to a man with a parrot on his shoulder, very specific.
Brian Painter regaled us with a strangely strangled gruff voice of a client asked for help; he got us all smiling and then hit us with the body blow, this person was being treated for cancer of the throat and of course she was a smoker. I really do not think I could be a smoker and listen to Brian Painter every week. I am sure I made the right choice!
Stuart Smallcombe is looking for businesses that are relocating, which is something that he is doing himself, physician heal thyself…
It was only Dean Caldon who was inspired by the World Cup. Big houses were described as “Rooney” some people didn’t have the “Hart” to see a conveyancing transaction through. And so it went on. It was a good performance. He was self critical in that he was not able to place someone called “Fill Jammy Éclair”.
Marcelle quite rightly awarded him the Oscar.
The 10 minute slot was Alan Moller’s first as a member and he produced well a balanced offering giving background as to how he got to the setting up of his business in 2004 and then he attempted to give us some practical advice with the use of props. Various things were passed round including a rather dubious blue sticky jelly like substance which gave the more infantile of us, in which I include myself, the opportunity of having a little snigger as to its possible uses. Alan managed to impart his enthusiasm for his job and good reasons why we should try to go out of our way to find more referrals for him.
The referrals and testimonials round produced the statistic of £13,417 worth of monies received and 16 referrals.
A really lively and enjoyable meeting which hopefully, with one or two more attendees, will be replicated next week.