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.
The Performance League
Thus far there are three members who have chalked up 150+ points. Terry Maylin is out front with 169 points.
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.
Excellent meeting today very lively! We shall definitely miss Alan Moller but I will stay in touch with him!
Good luck shifting the sweets Neil.Finally thanks to Will Verner and Mike Rogers for staying away to protect us all👍
Really sorry to see Alan go, a real friendly face since I first joined and always an entertaining 60 seconds.
Great meeting all round though!
It was a thoroughly enjoyable meeting, as always. Welcome to our guests and well done to Paul and Stuart, from the Legz Akimbo theatre company, for their educational short play on the power of the business card. The Edinburgh Fringe awaits you. A really big farewell to Alan Moller. It has been a pleasure to get to know you over the last two years and to know that my electrics are in good sh
(sorry, power went off suddenly) shape. You will be sorely missed but I wish you all the very best for your new life on the IoW. If I ever get over there I’ll be sure to give you a tinkle*, even if it’s just to press the nosey button*. Best of luck Al and see the rest of you next week.
*Mr. Moller favourites
It was a bit of an emotional speech at the end, apologies in advance. Even though I am moving to pastures new, I’ll still be keeping my ebf head on for anyone looking for your services in the Essex area. Terry, be great to stay in touch, looking forward to the next bike trip away!. A big thank you to the members for being a great part of my working life, its been a pleasure meeting up every Thursday morning!, cheers Alan
Missing you already Alan – it’s been delightful to know you in the months since I joined. Best of luck in the I of W, poppet x
All the best Al. You will be missed
Once again having visitors made the meeting even more upbeat. Many years ago, Alan Moller sent an email to me suggesting I joined his BNI networking group. I replied that he should join our group and he did! Great thespian performance from Paul and Stuart. If you go out this cold weekend, make sure you’re wearing a vest and you have a clean hanky.
I shall miss Alan’s friendly face and jovial demeanour at the meetings. I’d like to call him a friend as many of you in this group are. Even Toby. Another hugely enjoyable meeting and welcome to our guests
Even Toby! Lol x
Bon Voyage Alan, we all wish you well. Its been a pleasure (mostly ;-)) I wish you well on the Island Of the White. Take care buddy – we’ll miss you.
very good meeting with two new member applications coming back to see us and three new visitors today. Good to see them and I hope they agree to join our band of friendlies. Sorry to see you go Alan but I’ll deffo give you a call should I be coming your way in the future.
A great fun meeting today although a sad farewell to Alan. Although its only been 6 months since I have joined the group, Alan sitting in his van during our Zoom meet ups with his great work stories during his 60 seconds will always make me smile:-) See you in a couple of weeks guys x