Members assembled, 22 in number, to greet a gloriously sunny morning that promised to be a ‘Phew what a scorcher’ type of a day. I felt it was all going very well until I realised that I had left my glasses at home. Last week’s sensory deprivation was loss of a tooth, a sore mouth, and the insertion of a denture. This week it was an assault on my eyesight that threatened to blight proceedings. Us EBFers are however a resilient bunch. Unfortunately this particular sensory deprivation also seemed to affect my brain from time to time but with a little help from my friends the meeting proved less of a challenge than I thought it would. Even my denture Failed to bring me a lisp.
It was also a meeting tinged with sadness as Richard Reed announced his retirement from the travel industry and also from EBF. We wish him well in his retirement.
Paul Booth, with typical accountants good cheer, chose his context for this week’s presentation as the continued presence of COVID, the continued effect of Brexit and the cost of living hikes brought about by the conflict in Ukraine. The prospect of Official Recession made it essential that we had a beautiful sunny morning to accompany this doom and gloom. Paul’s message was that whatever difficulties there might be in the economy, as business owners we either hide away or grasp the nettle of opportunity and look to ways of making money out of the current difficulties. He urged the more positive approach.
The 60 Second Round
The 60 Second round adopted the positive note suggested by Paul in the Education Slot. Kieran Peaty was last week’s Oscar winner and before going on to assess the presentations of his fellow members he warned of new building regulations coming in that put the onus very much on the client with any building project to make sure they were compliant.
Toby Acton suggested we should analyse whether we were morning, afternoon or evening people and organise our day accordingly. Not being a morning person is a distinct disadvantage to those of us who are EBF members.
Matt Barry urged us to make sure that wall space in our business premises was properly used to ensure an upbeat and relevant approach to what we do. Nick Cooke followed him and he was definitely optimistic. He clearly was looking forward to a day out visiting three separate clients to advise them on structural matters. The corroded tower seemed the most promising and interesting for him.
Brian Painter is always optimistic. He’s been consulted by a client who has a fear of flying. Apparently it’s only the take-off and landing that really concerns him, but to a lesser extent that is what concerns most of us when we fly. It was after this heartening presentation that Richard Reed announced his retirement although this was entirely coincidental. Of course if you are travelling a lot Paul Dulieu could be your man as he described himself as a specialist interpreter. Of course he was referring to his skill as a person who can help you best put your foot forward in business when describing your attributes. Another way of showing off your attributes is to get a brochure done, which certainly is something that the Mayor of Gants Hill Village was urging us to do.
Howard Bullock’s take on our turbulent economy is that we must be aware of where the markets are going and without trying to predict precisely what is likely to happen have a strategy this is capable of coping with the current ups and downs.
We needed our spirits lifting and Jane Malyon produced a very large gift voucher for her tasty and delicious goodies. An all in all a more sober series of presentations and overshadowed by Richard Reed’s departure Kieran Peaty awarded him the Oscar. Will he have to come back next week to present it?
This weeks statistics and points of note
Scott Griffiths was cheerfully upbeat because of the 20 referrals that were passed at the meeting producing an average value of £500 value per referral. Around £8000 worth of business was also written so the meeting maintained its air of positivity.
Synergy Team Report
Paul Booth’s finance group met on Tuesday at the George and Dragon at Mountnessing. He reported that a good time was had by all. He neatly lead us into the 10 minutes presentation.
10-minute presentation by Scott Griffiths
Scott estimated that during his time at EBF he had done about 40 presentations to which I can attest, having heard an awful lot of them. This was without doubt his best so far because it did what a 10 minute presentation should do. It set out the essentials of what he did, how he did it and the sort of situations where he could help a prospective client. As if to emphasise the quality of his presentation there followed at least 10 questions that were surprisingly sensible and very much on topic. I would be surprised if he didn’t get quite a few referrals arising from this presentation.
Referrals and Testimonials
The 20 or so referrals manifested themselves in a lively round and the lucky winner of the speakers prize was Mike Skinner. For once there were a lot of us ‘in it to win it’.
Before the meeting wound up there were the usual announcement to the meeting and the final word from Richard Reed made sure his legacy of participation in this part of the meeting would remain in the memory.