It was light by the time we started the meeting with 20 members present. The Naughty Corner had turned out to a man; on the opposite side of the room was the Ladies Line outnumbering the Naughties 4 to 3. This is either a potentially terrifying development or something rather refreshing depending upon which side of the room you happened to be sitting at the time.
It was Paul Booth from the aforesaid Naughty Corner who was this week’s presenter. His subject matter was referrals and the importance of being aware during your working day of possibilities. It is the proactive member who becomes the good referrer. Don’t just wait for them fall into your lap. Be aware off specific members requirements and steer conversations that way when it becomes appropriate. Once the initial referral has become more than just a twinkle in your eye, remember to make full details available of your introduction and if necessary follow up to make sure a connexion has been made. We should all pay heed to a member who has made more referrals then most of us have had hot dinners.
The 60 Second Round
Emma Taylor won the Oscar last week but not being available this week had Toby Action volunteering for the role of adjudicator. It was only later that he discovered that his glasses were missing. Being the metaphorical trooper he is,of course soldiered on. Stuart Smallcombe was the other standing in for the round in the absence of the Mayor of Gants Hill Village
Toby of course got us started and once again referred us to his motivational mapping skills. He showed us what he described as a play book. Despite the fact that I had my glasses on I wasn’t able to spot whether there were any illustrations of Mr Men. Toby has certainly established himself as Mr Motivator.
Kieran Peaty was exhibiting his green credentials. The watchwords are ‘fabric first’ which fabrics will always be above the minimum statutory standards. Whilst Kieran checks out on the fabrics used, James Humphreys was insistent that we checkout our insurance policies, make sure they are still fit for purpose. Review them on annual basis. Don’t let matters rest and be overtaken by events.
‘Recently renewed Rogers’ somewhat whimsically reminded us of his six decades of experience but don’t wait for six months to renew to renew any fixed rate deals that might be available to you in the light of the current volatility in the mortgage market. Brian Painter was also musing on the fact that despite 30 years of experience, not until this last week had become across someone who was looking to curb his impulses for road rage. Brian will be looking to find the reasons for this in order to effect a cure.
It was nice to see Matt Barry back after a hectic time in Amsterdam. You apparently need to see it in the flesh to fully appreciate! There would be no such problem for Stuart Smallcombe; whether he was working in the fleshpots of Amsterdam or historical Tilbury. You know…. the place where the first Elizabeth rallied the troops to meet the might of the Armada. He was talking unified comms, best illustrated by his own working patterns. Two days at his Home Office, two days in Tilbury and one out and about. What do these have in common? He is connected at all times on the same telephone number.
Mike Skinner went all statistics on us. Said statistics were intended to illustrate the increase in videos in the promotion of businesses both on websites and elsewhere. Paul Dulieu was quick to jump on this particular bandwagon, pointing out that his job was to find words, usually in blogs but certainly in scripts for videos.
If James Humphreys was keen two urge us to check that our insurance policies represented the up to date situation, John Hammond was equally concerned to warn us to check our fire alarms on a weekly basis. A fire alarm that doesn’t work is no fire alarm at all.
Jane Malyon, oft invokes a feeling of well-being with reference to her cream teas. All sweetness and unctuousness! Her reference however to sconuts and the explanation that these were deep fried brought to mind deep fried Mars bars and did not at first blush leave that same feeling of well-being. I’m sure they grow on you. She is getting ready for Christmas. It became something of a theme with the Ladies Line. Hannah O’Shea was suggesting that any use of social media, Instagram et cetera should be looking towards Christmas and Tina Walker of course was happy to emphasise her usefulness during the run up to the festive season. Leann Reason, as new members often do, brings a breath of fresh air to the Christmas theme by not mentioning it at all. If you want an office/mancave however, she’s the person to go to.
If you don’t know what to do regarding planning for your retirement because, amongst other things, you haven’t the slightest idea of when that will be, do not let that put you off from seeing Howard Bullock for clear financial advice and set up your options. It’s never too early to start.
The absence of spectacles did not affect Toby Acton’s vision in proclaiming Terry Maylin the winner of this week’s Oscar. His was a good news story of total success in a personal injury claim on behalf of a tripper against Essex County Council.
10-minute presentation by Ben Golding
As someone who Is unashamedly theatrical and presents regularly, his presentation lived up to all expectations and as well as explaining the benefits of Utility Warehouse he emphasised the team nature of those involved in his group. Once again, if the quality of the presentation is matched by the questions received afterwards This was a resounding success.
Referrals and Terstimonials
We normally start with the Naughty Corner but this week it was the Ladies Line that got things underway. Pride of place went to Terry Maylin for producing 4 referrals and converting his statistical chances into winning the Speaker’s prize. He not only left with the Oscar but also with a bottle of champagne. Congratulations Terry.