Our education and development officer, Ben Golding was there to present an important message regarding inviting guests and attracting members. He urged us to share the sort of members that would benefit any of us as individuals so that there can be a more focused approach on producing members that will help promote synergy. From his point of view mortgage advisers and estate agents were helpful, others contributed gardeners and garden designers, plumbers and funeral directors. In synergy team meetings and that 1-2-1s we should be making part of the discussion the promotion of visitors.
The 60 Second Round
Last week’s Oscar winner, Stuart Smallcombe, was absent and his stand-in was Toby Acton, finally free from his sling of outrageous fortune. The theme of his 60 seconds was his message to help increase the wealth of his clients. It was not simply from a financial point of view but in relation to life generally and in particular work/life balance.
A nomination system for the next speaker had Paul Booth up pitching for clients who had recently set up their business, preferably before they had instigated a limited company as a trading vehicle. His slightly Jesuit philosophy was catch him early and keep them for life. Howard Bullock by contrast has been looking at a couple whose total pension provision included eight different pensions. His job clearly was to rationalise, which he managed to get over to us whilst providing Paul Booth with his weekly massage. This week it was a slightly different massage as it involved Howard’s elbows as well as hands. Heaven knows what will happen next week……..
Matt Barry has been in Amsterdam for the week and was about to tell us all about it when technology failed him. He literally lost it.
Blake Hammond produced a prop, namely a small machine that measured the feet per second speed of the guns that are all part of Airsoft.
Terry Maylin boasted a successful winding up process on behalf of a client that had been partly achieved with the assistance of Melissa Jackson; synergy at work. Melissa however this week has been concentrating on personal financial difficulties rather than corporate and is looking for more of the same. Neil Bellham in the meantime is looking for corporate. After his success with Ninja he is currently involved in three large corporate buffets and is looking for more. If we have a corporate entity that we wish to promote you could do worse than going to Mike Skinner. Linked with his video material he creates context for any business looking to communicate with their clients.
It’s all Jane Malyon’s fault. She mentioned the C word last week and both Leann Reason and Tina Walker latched on to this theme with their respective presentations. Leann suggests that this Christmas, rather than decorating the tree, or rather in addition to decorating the tree, what about decorating a room that will be used at Christmas. Tina in the meantime wanted to remind us that if you want to make arrangements for staff over Christmas to have a festive time she can help organise this for you.
Ben Golding was at his alliterative best. There might no longer be bonus bursting boosts at Utility Warehouse but there are certainly savings, simplicity and service. There are also prize draws happening all the time worth £1000 or £2000.
Scott Griffiths suggested the benefits of using various Google tools including Google Analytics and Google Search Console. Monitoring the use of your website can lead to interesting insights for you in the development of your business. Whilst on the subject of developing your business, Paul Rogers pointed out that the High Street banks in 2022 loaned less than 45% of corporate loans. You need to widen your approach and he is the person to do it through.
Jane Malyon, champion of those of us with sweet teeth, had something a little more savoury for us, namely Welsh rarebit in a jar all ready to grace a slice of toast. Whatever doubts we had. first signs that Toby Acton might not have fully recovered yet presented itself when he awarded the was the Oscar to Leann Reason who was sitting next to him. In fact he liked her message and she was a worthy winner.
Meeting Secretaries Report
Scott Griffiths announced 12 referrals this week and a reminder that the 10-minute speakers not only have to provide a speakers prize but also do it on the day. As the speakers prize is an encouragement to make referrals and therefore get you in the draw let’s make sure that we do all we can to provide this encouragement.
10-minute presentation by Vincent Goode
It is perhaps more than appropriate to refer to Vincent Goode as the Mayor of Gants Hill Village as this was the subject, Gants Hill Village that is, of his presentation. The description of his journey into authorship with an historical pictorial guide into this enchanted and enchanting part of the environs of Ilford said much for his entrepreneurial and organisational flair that brings accuracy to the speed of Speed Print. A highly entertaining piece of corporate and self-promotion. If nothing else he brings whimsy to the group and or inspires it.
Referrals and Testimonials
A solid round brought an end to one of our more entertaining meetings. And if that was not enough, the Business to Consumer synergy team meeting sported 11 members led by the black-belt sporting Jane Malyon. What a way to end the meeting!