Not only was it dark but it was wet when we all arrived this morning and it stayed that way until we were ready to start the meeting at 7:15 AM. There were eighteen of us in all which included Shannon Savadge subbing for Clara Downton. Certain members had remembered my request for everyone to turn up with some form of headgear and the video will reveal the extent of the offerings available. Bonus points were awarded for those who did remember. Jane Malyon looked particularly fetching in a fez and watch out for Scott Griffiths’ homage to Mexico.
The Performance League
Not much activity so far this month but Jane Malyon is out in the lead and has broken the 100 point barrier already. The website is working perfectly satisfactorily for the purposes of recording electronically all activity so make sure you do follow up on the paper referrals and thanks for the money that were presented this week.
It was Ben Golding again this week and his question was to ask whether we were talking in the right language when we dealt with potential punters. We should be assessing the personality of the person we are addressing and Ben borrowed from the musings of some guru who gloried under the name of’ Big Al’. apparently your personalities are represented by colours, namely yellow blue red and green. You might have a combination of these colours depending upon the complexity of your personality. Rosemarie Driscoll was classified yellow, Tina Walker blue, Scott Griffiths and Stuart Smallcombe red and Paul Booth green. It was decided that auntie Jane was probably all four and would therefore be classified as a rather intriguing brown.
The 60 Second Round
In the absence of the Mayor of Gants Hill Village, Tina Walker operated the bell (‘Beller’) and Blake Hammond the Oscar adjudicator. His 60 seconds was in praise of velcro and in anticipation of Christmas.
Matt Barry Is in the process of making a presentation on behalf of Brentwood Council to help demonstrate the state of the nation’s housing and of course he’s able to present businesses in their best light using any subject matter that is appropriate.
Brian Painter was looking fit and well after his two weeks holiday but apparently came back to an overwhelming number of new clients principally dealing with phobias and smoking respectively. If Brian had just come back from holiday Rosemarie Driscoll not only arranges them including booking through all tour operators but she’s actually going on a fact finding visit that will be partly work but partly holiday. Nice work if you can get it!
Ben Golding warned of the approach of winter and the importance of making sure your boiler is properly serviced and has suitable cover for dealing with breakdown etc. Utility Warehouse have a half price offer on boiler cover for the next three months. It’s important to be with the right provider. The same can be said of John Hammond who this week spoke of intruder alarms that will provide you with a picture of who broke into your house and this benefit can also be in a portable version. Similarly if Stuart Smallcombe is involved you can safely deal with BT Open reach as he will deal with them for you.
The Education Presentation was all about associating colour with your approach to people. Leann Reason is looking for people moving into new homes that need to be designed to take in having revised area of accommodation to what you have previously been used to. She also wants to find property developers for whom she can produce brochures (colourful ones). Scott Griffiths talked of classification in his industry by reference to black hats and white hats. It’s all a question of how you promote your clients through Google, Black Hat is cheating: White Hat is doing it right. He felt at worst he was a lighter shade of grey but it was Jane Malyon who once again demonstrated her brownness by promoting her Christmas tree shaped brownie to take the place of the traditional Christmas pudding….. As long as you don’t leave it in the heat for a long time when it becomes furry. This was a tasty reminder of what she has on offer and it appealed to Blake Hammond’s sweet tooth as he awarded her the Oscar.
Synergy Team Meetings
Paul Booth reported on the finance groups meeting earlier in the week at the George and Dragon and Jane Malyon warned us of the upcoming synergy team meeting for the business to consumer group immediately after today’s meeting.
10-minute presentation by Howard Bullock
This week Howard Bullock of Clear Financial Advice was the presenter and we had the benefit of a colour coded analysis of the areas in which he operates and how he provides his comprehensive services. Apart from giving us a good overview and undoubtedly a better understanding of the nuances of his business, his graph showing growth in the world equity markets also convinced me that I needed to have an eye test. Another benefit of EBF membership
Referrals and Testimonials
A good number of referrals led to a useful and productive round which culminated in our adjournment to the tender mercies of Jane Malyon’s Business to Consumer synergy team meeting which as always was very well attended