Dark and wet is never a good start to a day but the joy of another get together as always was a spirit lifter. The presence of two visitors was also a spirit booster. There were twenty of us in all that finally sat down to the meeting
Ben Golding was presenting and his theme was ‘how to bring in more visitors….’ He suggested as members we focus on a specific category, perhaps one recently vacated, and see who we can approach. Keep the message simple, no ‘verbal vomiting’ or indeed ‘presentational puking’. Emphasise for example the ability of EBF to grow your business. A very appropriate message made more palatable by the presence of our two visitors.
New Member Induction & Existing Member Renewal
Good news, James Humphreys has renewed for another year
The 60 Second Round
John Hammond, last week’s Oscar winner, was absent so Leann Reason stood in as adjudicator. It was the first time that she had done the job but she had sort of volunteered herself by giving us all presentation Jelly Babies.
Neil Bellham is now super busy again and is looking forward to catering for a TV shoot in Brentwood. He won’t be here next week because he’s catering for a TV shoot in Brentwood…. fancy that!!
John Freeman is still sporting his sun tan derived in Tenerife and is looking for anything to do with property maintenance. In particular he maintained his request that we look out for GP and dental surgeries in particular. Brian Painter was also back with us sporting a much more recent sun tan from the same blessed island. He’s only just back into the swing of things and was confronted with various problems including an 11 year old schoolboy who doesn’t want to go to school. Sounds like a perfectly normal child to me who shouldn’t really need hypnotherapy.
Vincent Goode reminded us that his company have been in business since 1983. He also went all ‘high end’ on us by trumpeting the benefits of presentation folders.
The recently renewed James Humphreys is conscious that the world of insurance is not the most exciting but he is looking for the weird and wonderful to insure. If it’s weird and wonderful and moves, he’ll insure it; if it doesn’t move, he’ll kick it and then insure it.
In the absence of Toby Acton, Ben Golding produced another machine gun like presentation extolling the virtues of Utility Warehouse. He reminded us of the bill busting boost of £100.
Matt Barry produced a laptop to show a website that he is collaborating in with Scott Griffiths. He was talking ‘interactive hotspots’ which might have, to coin a phrase borrowed from Jane Malyon, discombobulated many of us. Jane’s use of the word was in conjunction with the benefits of a nice cup of tea if that’s how you are feeling at any time.
Terry Maylin attributed to Scott Griffiths the realisation that he had as to the value of Google reviews. Scott Griffiths was next up and he acknowledged the tribute. He then moved on to the way in which email footers can be used to promote sales very effectively. The more employees you have and the more emails you send, the more effective it can become.
Sartorial contribution of the week was Howard Bullock with blue jeans, blue trainers and particularly luminous blue laces. He can also congratulate himself on being bearer of good news of the week, with reassurance that despite the fiscal mismanagement of the current government, the only pension funds affected will be final salary pensions from big organisations. We were introduced to the existence of the Pension Protection Fund. It all left a sort of warm glow and indeed there is every reason to reward the makers of warm glows. Howard was accordingly quite rightly awarded the Oscar.
Synergy Team Report
Paul Booth reported on the finance and professions meeting earlier in the week which despite an attendance of only four what’s both lively and useful.
10-minute presentation by Melissa Jackson
Kenway Francis, the name of her insolvency practice, is 5 years old. She celebrated this with and on screen presentation of what was tagged as the Jackson 5 by the Mayor of Gants Hill Village. She introduced her team….5 of them and went on to give 5 good reasons why certain things should happen in the insolvency world. Very well presented.
Referrals and Testimonials
A second week with a high level of referrals, 18 in number. The round was therefore inevitably lively and with good numbers two weeks in a row hopefully bodes well for business to be passed this month.