A record 28 members in virtual attendance included visitor Mike Skinner. With due warning that the 60 Second round was given its name for a reason and the threat of Tina wielding a bell we started the meeting.
Nick Cooke produced an interesting piece on the use of words and the need to use plain English. Subrogation and Exacerbation were examples quoted, he didn’t even get on to acronyms and initialisations. Lawyers were wrongly accused of being the worst offenders…..not so, we invent words with the intention of confusing. We have built an industry of then charging for explaining what they mean!!
The 60 Second Round
Richard Reed was awarding the Oscar this week and after last week’s 4-minute rant, this week he was much more restrained.
Dean Caldon reported on the market slow down flowing from the Stamp Duty holiday ending at the end of this month and mortgagees pulling mortgage offers at the last minute in order to reassess.
Matt Barry showed a departure from his usual digital self by producing a good old fashioned but beautifully presented brochure. Vincent Goode’s theme this week was also brochures equally beautifully presented.
I have missed Brian Painters’ vivid descriptions of the various chemicals that smokers ingest and the likely consequences of their so doing. All fans of the gruesome heaved a sigh of relief and probably regarded this part of the round as the most entertaining and Oscar deserving. Ben Golding was also reverting to type by introducing 5 little piggies who each benefited in various ways from being members of Utility Warehouse. He rounded it all off with the 6th porker being the much-celebrated purple pig and much bigger than the others. I was transported to pre Covid times when we actually met each other on Thursday mornings.
Terry Maylin warned of untutored clients in the letting business and Paul Booth of unqualified accountants dealing inadequately with client’s book.
Toby Acton was extolling the virtues that structure brings to a business and also expressed appreciation of Nick Cook’s views on plain English. He rather let himself down by also advocating a “deep dive”.
A fresh-faced Scott Griffiths was promoting Learning Management Systems for websites.
Richard Reed however rightly awarded the Oscar to Kevin Radford for his clear warning to check insurance policies as to valuations etc because insurers, in these difficult times, have become more hard-nosed….if that is possible.
Meeting Secretaries Report
Scott reported £31,000 of business recorded so far this month. One referral has a current average value of around £1,000.
10-minute presentation by Brian Painter
Brian Painter’s turn this week and having purged himself of the smokers curse he regaled us of illustrations of hypnotherapy in action. As always entertaining; as always informative. Questions flowed.
Referrals & Testimonials
A lively and busy round which reflected a busy January.
Congratulations to all Members on a great meeting which included the absence of any bell being heard for the whole 60 second round. Our visitor also expressed an interest in returning next week with a view to joining us permanently.