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For those of us who listen to the news before we come to the meeting they learned that there was the prospect of the cost of a Mars Bar increasing by 9p and a packet of Frosties by 39p. Given that the size of a Mars Bar seems to be coming down we now have an insight into the “cost” of reducing our salt and sugar intake. Not Grrr..eat. Tony the Tiger will be turning in his grave. Maybe this shock news had something to do with this frightening prospect but I think it had more to do with holidays and children related issues that gave rise to a turnout of 23.
It was Sarah Bell, struggling with the after effects of Covid who gave us an insightful view as to how boys and girls react differently to a problem; apparently, the boys tackle it and react to problems as they go along whereas girls think and plan before they tackle the problem. In conclusion and translating this to business, you need a bit of both on different occasions.
The 60 Second Round
Jane Malyon won the Oscar last week but in her absence, Dean Caldon stood in. Apparently, in the estate agency business, there is plenty of demand but a lack of supply so it was timely that we could supply him with the opportunity of adjudicating the Oscar.
Colin O’Conner indicated that whilst common sense is at the heart of health and safety, the substantial increase in deaths at work despite the Covid lockdown indicates either a lack of common sense in the working community or not adhering to basic health and safety requirements. If it is the latter he’s your man.
Neil Belham has been at Pinewood feeding all those involved in the making of the most recent Captain Marvel movie. If it had been a Popeye movie would he had fed them spinach!
A new and rather sobering insight into Alison Bean’s work emerged as she explained how she had been involved this week in arranging support for colleagues and family following a suicide.
Simon Essex has been supplying aftercare and advice for purchasers of plants from the Greenhouse. He considers that plants tell you what’s wrong with them which undoubtedly elevates him to the state of “Plant Whisper”
Brian Painter is anticipating that the advent of weddings and air flights that will follow our newfound freedoms next week will bring to his couch best men with fears of speaking and holidaymakers with fears of flying.
The Mayor of Gants Hill might well be the answer to the question, “who framed Roger Rabbit?”. He showed us various examples of framing that should strike a chord with those of us who are often needing to frame or reframe.
Terry Maylin and Allan Moller both extolled the virtues of being selective when new jobs present themselves.
Scott Griffiths has just finished a “big job” and showed us the impressive work he has been doing for EuroLoo. He has always been known as a person who doesn’t mind pitching in and getting his hands dirty.
So what about the Oscar. Dean, a fellow F1 enthusiast, was won over by the master of metaphor Toby Acton. The innovation this week of a sprint qualification at the British Grand Prix was used as a metaphor for the willingness in business to embrace change and be willing to try something new.
10-minute presentation by Nathan Howson
Nathan Howson explained his own beginnings and that of his Tesla Group. From the questions afterwards it does seem that he successfully got us to understand exactly what he does and more importantly potential areas for referrals. He produced several slides. One of them was a bloke called Tesla whose photograph rather scarily revealed a more than passing resemblance to Nathan himself.
Referrals & Testimonials
A lively round with what appeared to be quite a lot of referrals.