This week our numbers totalled 26, glorious sunshine and another good meeting in prospect
The Performance League
Matt Barry is out front on 173 points followed by Jane Malyon and Terry Maylin.
In Ben Golding’s absence, Scott Griffiths doubled up and read the presentation Ben had prepared. It was something of a parable. A king placed a bolder in the middle of the pathway. The rich and famous, complaining about the road walked around it. It was the peasant carrying his vegetables to market who took the time to move it out of the way. He was rewarded with a letter of commendation and the bag of gold….surely you don’t need me to explain the significance of this parable.
Nicky Baker has unfortunately been unable to continue her membership through the pressure of time. We wish her well. Richard Reed is having a 3 months sabbatical during which time he hopes the government/ the Pandemic will not continue kicking him in the nuts. Have a good break Richard, we look forward to seeing you in the Autumn. In the meantime, we should all remember that Richard is still open for referrals.
The 60 Second Round
This week found Terry Maylin judging the Oscar in John Freeman’s absence.
One or two interesting snippets emerged from our presentations this week. The pick of these included Mike Skinner suggesting we got our clients to video their testimonials and send them to him to edit before putting the finished version on your website.
Vincent Goode is struggling with some orders being measured in imperial and others in metric. The best thing to do is stick to imperial by putting your best foot forward.
Toby Acton was clear in the message that he gives to his clients, design your business to suit your work-life balance. This led him to reveal that not only does he not work in the afternoon but he is going to Brighton for 5 days holiday, no doubt practising his deep diving.
Neil Bellingham fully booked up for the season but he is still selling his Jams and Sauces. Try them, I can vouch for the fact that they will have very positive effects on your digestion.
Jane Malyon mentioned the C-word because she has to plan ahead. However, all was forgiven when she illustrated chocolate brownies masquerading as plum puddings. It’s a bit like a bloke in speedos pretending to be Father Christmas.
Scott Griffiths was telling us everything that you get when you let him deal with your email address. He is in fact a Google Reseller which reminded me of my puzzlement last century when some bloke sang about being a Fire Starter. I tried spoonerizing Google Reseller but it did not work as well as Fire Starter.
Allan Moller is at his best when demonstrating electrical equipment and today was no exception; he produced a waterproof down lighter and a plug type unit. There were apparently 800 movements in all, all of this for only £12. I couldn’t work out whether this was cheap or expensive.
The first of 2 highlights to the meeting then occurred with Paul Dulieu’s offering. He could have said “…tonight Mathew I am Barry Manilow…” He had penned a little ditty about his copywriting and to the tune of “I write the songs…” and you could have imagined that Mr Manilow was there… Apart unfortunately for the voice. The soundtrack was there and it is fair to say that everyone loves a trier, well at least Terry Maylin did and awarded him the Oscar. Nobody could deny that he was a worthy winner.
Matt’s Magical Euro Mystery Tour
Matt Barry regaled us with his update. As usual, there were winners and there were losers. The two Sarah’s were eliminated with the worst record and were rewarded with the right to select which charity was to be the recipient of the donation that runs hand in hand with the sweepstake.
10-minute presentation by Jane Malyon, rhymes with Stallion.
The second highlight of the meeting was Jane Malyon’s ten minute presentation. For someone whose name rhymes with most things this was another magical mystery tour, superbly illustrated and showing us all about her business. She explained how they cracked the delivery problem that enabled scones and so much more to be dispatched throughout the land. She showed the box she uses and I think I have spotted her “light bulb moment”. Amidst all the finery, on the side of the box, there was an arrow pointing upwards with the message, “THIS WAY UP”. It’s worth revisiting the video to properly appreciate how good it all tasted. Now remember, in your comments please imagine a hamper as big as you like and tell us what you would put in and “Essex Hamper” My suggestion is a garage with a car parked outside’
And so the meeting came to an end with the usual Referrals and Testimonials round which was positive as usual.
I am looking forward to seeing the video of Paul Dulieus performance and well done Jane on a very entertaining 10 minutes, great to see so many of you there and a nice touch with Ben doing the ed slot virtually through Scott.
-10 points for that best foot forward pun.
I’m going to go old school Essex (for me at least) for my hamper inclusion. Some white socks for the gents and stilettos for the ladies, an Essex classic
Congratulations Jane on breaking the 10 minute egg!, looking forward to the scone tasting tomorrow afternoon!, a worthy 60 seconds from Barry (manilow) Dulieu too!, have a great weekend all, ciao for now!!
An excellent meeting, as always. Jane, your 10 minute presentation was wonderful. I really must organise a 1-2-1 with you (not just to sample your scones and tea, of course!). Scott’s Ed slot on behalf of Ben Ben was worthy of the Thought For The Day slot on Radio 4 and the whole meeting was a joy, as always! As for Essex things for Jane’s Essex Hamper, if it has a refrigerated section then my vote is for Colchester Native Oysters.
Fantastic and fascinating 10 minutes from Jane – as delicious as her cream teas! A great 60 seconds from Paul, worthy of the Oscar and Neil hiding the hare in his hood – very imaginative!
Again, a super meeting which has left me a lot to think about.
Super meeting and wonderful 10 minutes from Jane supported by the backing vocals of Paul!
Great blog as usual. A first class meeting. A brilliant Ed Slot from Ben c/o Scott and a very well presented 10 minutes from Jane Rymeswith. See you all next week.
Good meeting everyone. Well done Jane.
Well done Aunty Jane on a first class presentation, you really are a jolly good trooper. I’d put the iconic Gants Hill roundabout in the Essex hamper. Assuming there will be room
Thanks so much for your sweet comments. Apart from what is actually in our Excellence of Essex Hamper, I think there should be Fish and Chips at Southend, a Ford Car from Dagenham, and Rossi’s Ice Cream!!!
Clearly Paul the Younger has been taking secret singing lessons! A very enthusiastic and informative presentation from Jane. She was the one who pushed the boulder from the road because she was bolder and persisted to get her company name. I score Jane 10 out of 10. Enjoy the weekend, I’m firing up the BBQ
Great presentation Jane and also Ed Slot Scott(Ben) well what can I say Paul D you definateily go on either X-Facter or Britains Got Talent so Ben will need to beware LOL great meeting as always and see you all next Thursday have a great weekend.
Great Meeting . Just watched the video back . Well done Paul on your 60 seconds and winning the Oscar. Jane– really interesting 10 minutes. Loved how you sorted the company name out. Great ed slot Ben with your virtual stand in