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This week our numbers totalled 26, glorious sunshine and another good meeting in prospect
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.