At least it was isn’t Friday the 13th. Scott Griffiths made a brief appearance to log us all in but then disappeared to supervise the installation of his new superfast broadband.
Today the 22 members present were about to be subject to a revised format, the details of which will become apparent as I run through the agenda that we subjected ourselves to. We started at 7:32 AM and I’m pleased to report looking out of my office window dawn was breaking.
No Performance League or meeting secretaries report today in Scotts absence so we were a statistic free zone for perhaps the last week.
Paul was this week’s presenter of all things educational. His theme was the 60 second’s presentation. It’s not so much what you say but how you say it. It should be loud enough and brimming with enthusiasm. Don’t be negative.
The 60 Second Round
The agenda’s first innovation extended our presentations from 60 seconds to 90 seconds. It will therefore cease to be eponymous. The intention was that the extra 30 seconds gave more time for our respective presentations and thereby fuelled the Q&A session that was intended to replace the 10 Minute Presentation. Coupled with the truncated Referrals Round. The hope was that the zoom format was more readily adaptable to our innovation. Your comments to this blog are welcome and hopefully will include how you thought the revised format worked
Mike Rogers was the Oscar adjudicator, went first, immediately abused the 90-second limitation but was upbeat and certainly was able to demonstrate how busy he has become trying to get us all great deals before interest rates start rising.
There followed a series of presentations that justified the extension of 30 seconds.
Stuart Smallcombe extolled the virtues of unified communications. Unified communications mean one number for everything. Sounds like heaven.
Howard Bullock who is still suffering from the Covid remained in purdah but contributed to the meeting with chat interventions
Melissa Jackson explained ways in which she finds herself busy at the moment and Brian Painter who followed her, had a story about a smoker who tried to explain the benefits of smoking to a young lady. Unfortunately, our pilgrim had a gap in his communication and we missed the nuances but the message was clear enough. Smoking will damage your skin, damage your health, give you a cough, and finally kill you. Brian can stop that all from happening.
Matt Barry was full of enthusiasm reflective of the Ed Slot. Also he’s looking for new businesses or new branding for businesses going forward. Tina Walker retained her Halo and Paul Dulieu wants to tell new stories about how you run your business. It’s what he does!
Mike Skinner produced a video that demonstrated the sort of value he can add to any website or presentation, and it took less than 90 seconds.
Ben Golding is back in full voice explaining how in these times of rising energy costs he can help you save money.
Paul Booth is in the middle of the very busy time that accountants experience before the deadline for self-assessment tax.
The Mayor of Gants Hill was illustrative as well as positive. He showed the business card graveyard and of course, compared this with his glossy polished product but he will do quickly as the name of his business suggests.
Jane Malyon celebrated the institution of the afternoon tea. Describing with mouthwatering enthusiasm prawn sandwiches and of course the noble scone and accompanying confectionary.
Mike Rogers considered Vincent and others based on their enthusiasm but ultimately Ben Golding out enthused his rivals and was awarded the Oscar.
Synergy Team Report
Paul Booth presided over the Finance Groups meeting at the George and Dragon on Tuesday afternoon. There were five members present end apparently a good time was had by all.
Questions and Answers Session
A new format continued with questions and answers. As always there were plenty of questions which was finally cut short at 8:20am.
Referrals and Testimonials
Again the new focused approach to this allowed us to finish the meeting at 8:30 am.