Last week we had 5 visitors and 2 of these, Ryan Ball and Mike Hickson returned. A further 3 visitors attended today. We therefore started on time with 23 in number being greeted with a clear blue sky of dawn.
Paul Booth was this week’s contributor and his subject started with a reference to the business card holder, better known as the referral generator. Paul then illustrated how said business card folder could be used advantageously with the assistance of fellow Naughty Cornerer, Stuart Smallcombe. It was a piece of pure theatre with Paul playing the accountant and Stewart his client… Or rather that’s how it started out, of course it was entertaining but there was an underlying message there that was worth making.
Terry Maylin reported on the receipt by the committee of applications to join from Ryan Ball and Mike Hickson, respectively.
The 60 Second Round
Alison Bean was last week’s Oscar winner and accordingly set the ball rolling She has apparently closed her books on this year, but referrals are still welcome ready to start in January
Richard Reed was flagging up Mauritius as an appropriate holiday venue which somehow seemed slightly more exotic than Colin O’Connor’s visits this week to Hoddeston and Slough. Neil Bellham, like Allison has shut up shop for the year, but has been left with a large ‘pick and mix’ selection of sweets which he is looking to shift one way or another.
Paul Dulieu emphasised that his skill set very much relied upon his ability to decide what he doesn’t say as much as what he does. Jane (rhymes with stallion) Malyon boasted that her currency was kindness exemplified by the chocolate brownie. She even suggested that said sweetmeat could settle disputes… no argument there Jane.
The Mayor of Gant’s Hill Village felt it necessary to point out that when you place orders with Speed print, in addition to the product you have ordered you also get a ‘Vince’ which should sway the balance if you are making a choice between printers.
Brian Painter wants to make sure that as many people as possible stop smoking for Christmas, which is probably about as far-fetched as Paul Booth’s client who has declared his annual income £27million.
Alison Bean, in judging the Oscar winner for this week, was persuaded by the bizarre. Terry Marylin’s recent personal injury claims involving fingers left him short a thumb and forefinger make a full hand. Who said law wasn’t fun!!!
Meeting Secretaries Report
Scott Griffiths confirmed 22 referrals for this week and that the average monthly recorded business was starting to creep back towards the £80,000 per month pre lockdown figures
Questions & Answers Session
No 10-minute presentation this week but with 5 visitors the Q&A approach was probably more effective and indeed it turned into a lively if not raucous session. Topics of conversation included Jane Malyon’s brownie, Neil Belham’s pick and mix sweeties and Mike Skinner’s desire to barter his services.
Referrals and Testimonials round
In excess of 20 referrals led to an equally lively interaction between the members, pride of place being Richard Reed’s name rhyming with ‘speed’ following the receipt of a referral for a holiday in 2023.
On a sad note, this week’s meeting will be the last meeting that Alan Moller will attend. He has been a member for approximately seven years and a first-class member at that. He was always early at the meetings and regular in his attendance. He both thrilled and baffled us with his props and never ceased to confuse us regarding matters electrical. Fortunately, this was superseded by his ability to deal with electrical jobs both effectively and efficiently with an element of strategy that overcame problems that other electricians might not have overcome. We will miss him and wish him the very best in the future as he moves to pastures new.