It is now light when you set off for the Thursday get together and the venue was bathed in sunshine to receive us all. There were several cry offs for illness, largely COVID related but nonetheless, we mustered 22 with visitor for the second time, Hannah O’Shea
Announcing Toby as this week’s presenter created an unnecessarily stressful situation for him as Paul Booth was in fact this week’s presenter. Once we had got over that particular trauma Paul stood up and gave us his presentation on the importance of attendance at our regular Thursday meeting.
The regular meeting between members on Thursdays is not only essential for necessary contact but being able to deliver our 60 seconds on a regular basis gives information to other members regarding referrals between ourselves. Paul’s advice was quite accurate in suggesting that we block out Thursday mornings in our Diaries so that we cannot be tempted to insert work things in place of our meeting. Illness, holidays and occasional emergencies are obviously acknowledged and accepted but otherwise all of our focus should be on regular attendance.
The 60 Second Round
As the business card box sped around the table we got underway with this week’s presentations. Mike Rogers was last week’s Oscar winner and in Vincent Goode’s absence Stuart Smallcombe took over the timing bell. He immediately needed it as Mike Rogers took advantage of being first off. We didn’t like to burst his bubble as he seemed almost cheerful as he delivered explanations about current interest rates and mortgages.
Some of our members were showing their age. Richard Reed said he had been in the travel business for 20 plus years and had built up a group of preferred suppliers to enable him to organise holidays effectively. Stuart Smallcombe told us that his daughter’s 18th birthday had recently taken place and this it set his time as a member of the group to his first meeting immediately after she had been born.
A newer recruit and altogether younger member is Mike Skinner. He demonstrated a small drone that can get in close and personal.
Unusual presentation of the week was by Toby Acton who of a 1-2-1 he had had with a lady who was involved in selling vegan underwear; what will they think of next!!
Neil Bellham wanted us to look out for barbecues etc that could bring suitable referrals. He is very good at it, the words used were more in the vernacular but we all knew what he meant.
Nick Cooke produced the first of a two-parter. Lady with a run-down bungalow in Billericay who wanted a structural Report and he showed her some specimens. Try and contain yourselves for next week.
Scott Griffiths was in QR code mode and urged that we improved our profiles so that said code could be used more effectively for us as members.
Sarah Steele made a late run for the Oscar, and it was a joint success with the aged Stuart Smallcombe.
Synergy Team Report
Monday saw Richard reeds gathering at the George and Dragon which was enjoyed by all those who attended
10-minute presentation by Terry Maylin
It was Terry Maylin’s turn this week and apart from telling us the effect eating green chicken in Thailand he went on to give a really useful outline of how litigation is conducted and the advantages off early mediation the oft unfathomable workings of our courts. This always excites the interest of members and there was a good Q&A session with him afterwards
Referrals and Testimonials Round
A lively round that started in what can only be described as the re-established Naughty Corner which might well boast another member in Emma Taylor. We left the meeting in what can almost be described as a heatwave as the sun shone benignly down on us.