We find ourselves in a lull between the Coronation celebrations and the Eurovision Song Contest. Jane Malyon was not invited to the former but had a ticket for the semi-final of the latter, hence her absence. We still mustered 18 who gathered in bright sunshine for our weekly dose of networking.
The Performance League
After one week Jane Malyon is out front with 90 points. For someone who was absent, two mentions in the blog thus far is quite good going.
Ben Golding again, urging us to be positive in all things and in particular our business dealings. Be positive in all things, even when you are asked how you are feeling!!
The 60 Second Round
Vincent Goode won the Oscar last week and set the theme for this week as a royal one. As Mayor of Gants Hill Village I was surprised he had not received an invitation but I certainly didn’t see him there and he certainly didn’t own up to being a guest. Anyway, given the theme and Ben Golding’s urgings for us to be positive, it turned out to be a lively round.
Leann Reason declared herself Queen of the Interior, Mike Skinner glorified his video making as Monarch of the Market In a well worked piece of verse. Ben Golding contemplated the energy bills of Buckingham Palace. From £1.7 million to £4.7 million was the anticipated increase. Utility might not be a Palace but as a Warehouse it can teach us all a thing or two.
Brian Painter was less concerned about the royal theme then he was with the lady who had a phobia about bats getting stuck in her hair. He is trying to cure her of this rather than simply refer her to a Barber. She should have been aware that bats tend to stick to belfries rather than hair. And talking of roofs, Nick Cooke declared an interest in roofs in his capacity as a structural engineer, educating us all with reference to King post trusses and Queen posts. Being the common man however his interest still remains with steel beams that seem to have no royal connexion.
Without any real royal reference the Naughty Corner indulged themselves in having their 60 seconds presentation composed for them by Chat GPT. The one thing artificial intelligence seemed to provide Stuart Smallcombe, Howard Bullock, and Paul Booth with was a presentation that was spot on the 60 seconds and Scott Griffiths, without indulging in AI for his presentation nonetheless described how useful and aid it can be in helping him provide services to his clients.
I am proud to announce however that Vincent saw fit to award the Oscar to myself, perhaps because I managed to get a reference to the Abbey seeming to have a naughty corner of its own or was it the vision of Penny Mourdant wielding a sword that really swung it for me.
So a good time was had by all and we moved on.
Meeting Secretaries Report
Part winge, when you fill in your virtual forms make sure that you click on your name first so that you are attributed with the relevant activity. This prompted one or two suggestions as to just how this technicality could be overcome by technology but this was roundly rejected. The general consensus was that you ought to know your own name and be able to click on it. The other part was good news of this week’s moneys received topping £8000
10-minute presentation by Leann Reason
A double act with Tina ensured that the visual presentation went smoothly but more importantly the part of her presentation that instructed us how we could most effectively use her and her subsequent clarification in the questions that followed produced a very effective and useful 10 minutes.
Referrals and Testimonials
We finished the meeting in bright sunshine suitably stimulated to go out there and find business for each other.
Nice presentation Leanne and a good lively meeting. Not sure what was in the coffee to make everyone so chipper!
A truly excellent meeting once again. And as always, a lively and fun meeting. A terrific ten minute presentation from Leann and an excellent Ed Slot from Ben. A good blog too as always.
Well done Leanne great presentation and an excellent reminder by Ben Ben that if you start out positive the conversation is likely to be positive!
Well done to those who made a positive contribution to the meeting. And big up to our leader Aiden for winning the Oscar
Indeed, a bright and lively meeting with a positive message from Ben squared. A creative presentation from Leann and would have been even better if we could have seen the graphics, but never complain about the sun. A good contribution by all.
Another fun meeting. Great presentations from Ben & Leanne. Enjoy your holiday Mr Chairman.
Ben – Enjoyed your presentation.
Leanne – Congrats on getting that 1st one under your belt. You nailed it!
Fantastic ‘coronation’ special meeting!
Brilliant presentation from Leann – you definitely bring the va va zoom to the room!
Ben ed slot really good and great 10 minutes Leann. Have a great weekend everyone and have a great holiday Aidan.
In the spirit of AI
Dear Business Group Members,
I wanted to take a moment to reflect on our recent meeting and express my appreciation for the thoughtful discussion and collaboration that took place.
I was impressed by the level of engagement and expertise that each of you brought to the table, and it was clear that we share a passion for our industry and a commitment to driving positive change within it.
One of the highlights for me was the brainstorming session we had around potential new partnerships and collaborations. I was energized by the creative ideas that were generated, and I believe that some exciting opportunities may be on the horizon as a result.
Another key takeaway from the meeting was the importance of effective communication and collaboration among members. As we move forward, I encourage all of us to stay engaged and to share our ideas and perspectives openly and constructively.
I’m grateful for the opportunity to be part of this group, and I look forward to continuing our work together.
Great meeting . Really enjoyed your ten minutes Leann. Ben you ED slot was spot on . I know I am guilt of not always coming across postively