This week we were pleased to welcome 3 visitors. Rosemarie Driscoll who visited last week had successfully applied to join and remained a visitor only until the induction process, which took place during the meeting. Two other first-time visitors ensured that we had a positive and uplifting meeting.
The Performance League
After three weeks Matt Barry and Paul Booth were led by Terry Maylin who has to date amassed 176 points.
With Ben Golding’s operation imminent Paul Booth stood in both as Education and Development Officer and also this week’s presenter. His topic was referrals, more particularly the ones that we get from ex-members He emphasised the importance of passing on to others the people who are sitting around the table. Be the ‘go to’ person in your circle of family and friends.
New Member Induction & Existing Member Renewal
Terry Maylin inducted Rosemarie who appeared pleasantly surprised that there were no unusual rituals involved. Welcome to EBF Rosemarie
The 60 Second Round
The Mayor of Gant’s Hill Village, timekeeper extraordinaire, asserted his authority this week thus ensuring a more disciplined performance by the members. At least so far as the length of presentations was concerned.
Matt Barry, Oscar adjudicator extraordinaire, was first up declaring his and his staff’s love of biscuits and how the perfect referral for re branding would be a biscuit manufacturer. It does make you wonder what he would make of jammy dodgers.
Mike Skinner sent a shudder of fear through everyone present when he opened up with the suggestion that he intended to make a very premature pitch for festive work……. Rest easy, it wasn’t Christmas but festivals that he was pitching for. Video coverage can be very useful and he’s your man. He was followed by the 2nd Mike, Rogers by name, who made it clear that he had been doing mortgage broking for 34 years. The third Mike, one Hickson didn’t start in the IT business until four years later. Kind of put young Skinner in his place.
James Humphreys not only mentioned a new product that he was offering relating to commercial property but he also reminded us, alliteratively speaking, how he also covered biscuit browsing and burlesque. Talking of burlesque, he was followed by Brian Painter. in Toby Acton’s absence he assumed the mantle of the metaphor man. The rattlesnake does just that, it rattles. When it rattles you must back off or if it strikes it may kill you. A recent visitor to his couch was trying to rid himself of the smoking habit. He had been smoking for about 40 years and of course when he breathed there was a rattle. If our pilgrim could not get him, through hypnotherapy, to back off from the smoking this could be a rattle that resulted in… you get the idea!
Vincent Goode produced the equivalent of a cross between a silent movie and the advert that claims that ‘it does what it says on the tin’. He walked to the front unfolded a banner with great dexterity thus revealing everything you really need to know about Speed Print.
Stuart Smallcombe is allowing us to follow him through in his ‘journey’ (sorry!) with a new client. They employ 10 people and the sales manager is not able to keep track of what business is coming in. Stuart with his super-duper telephone system will be able to solve that problem for them.
Jane Malyon reckons she can make you look good. No makeover, no snappy haircut, no new outfit; simply the delivery of a surprise treat/ gift which will probably, but does not necessarily have to include, jam, cream and scones. I think I’ve got that in the right order.
Howard Bullock, resplendent in lurid blue trainers has been advising a punter on IHT savings involving business property relief. If your appetite has been wetted, don’t ask me, go to Howard.
Scott Griffiths is looking for a new tag line that involves building websites to build your business. All suggestions gratefully received.
When Tina Walker finally got on she was able to offer to make the small business person more productive by getting their thoughts typed up and well presented.
Now she is a member, Rosemarie’s 60 seconds is reportable. She will sort you out holidays or short breaks. Nothing is too big and nothing too small. I can see lots of 1-2-1s coming up.
After a series of slightly off the wall presentations, who won the Oscar? Terry Maylin of course who pointed out that his personal injury work not only involved him getting compensation for the client but making sure that, where appropriate, the insurers involved offer rehabilitation to injured parties under the Rehabilitation Code.. Matt Barry was impressed with this level of service, as he should be.
This weeks statistics and points of note
Scott engaged us on the visitor initiative. Terry Maylin has already had a meeting with his group and my group met after the meeting had finished. Watch this space. He also reported that this week £7500.00’s worth of business was recorded with 15 referrals.
10-minute presentation by Nick Cooke
This week what’s the turn of Nick Cooke who produced props in the shape of a piece of four by two, a steel channel and the solid-looking brick that was light as a feather.
The big reveal from his past history was that he build a bridge over the A12. It is testimony to his sturdiness that I drove under it at least twice a day to and from work for 10 years. It is as a result of his effort the inhabitants of Pettits Lane are able to safely cross the A12 at a very busy junction. After this revelation the value of clamping steel channels together or the importance of wooden beams to structures paled into insignificance. His relaxed delivery momentarily turned him into the Perry Como of the networking world. A presentation of the usual high standard which surely should make us rush around and get him more referrals.
Referrals and Testimonials Round
Once again a round that proves we are alive and kicking as a networking group.
Nicely Done Nick – Steady as a rock!
Another great meeting, fantastic to see two visitors and Rosemarie Driscoll, our new recruit around the table. A massive shout out to Nick Cooke, a great 10 minute slot, love the bridge Nick!
great lively meeting and lovely to welcolme Rosemarie to our merry band!
hope our 2 guests like what they saw are will consider joining us!
well done Nick an excellent 10 minute presentation!
Great meeting and nice to see visitors.
Sounds like a great meeting. Sorry that I could not be there today
thinking of you Toby.
Another great meeting. Welcome to our new member Rosemarie, I’ve already spoken with you about a possible referral. Great to see a couple of visitors. I really enjoyed your 10 minute presentation, Nick. A great way to start a Thursday morning.
Well written Aidan and what a lovely and interesting meeting that was! Thanks to Paul for the intro and to our Nick for the great 10 minutes presentation! Ruddy fabulous 🙂
A truly excellent meeting once again. A great Ed Slot from Paul and lively 60 second round. A fair bit of business was passed around too. And it was of course good to meet our 3 visitors. I am also pleased that my 10 presentation this morning was so well received. A big thank you to you all. And a great blog as always from Aidan.
Great meeting, a new member, two visitors, good ed slot, great ten minute presentation, good coffee, nice bacon sarnie…
I can report my dinger is now working again. A fine round of sixty seconds presentations, including our guests made it an enjoyable and positive meeting. We also received great feedback from Fran who I spoke to later in the day
A definite increase in oestrogen today but happily so. A well constructed presentation from Nick, always interesting.
Really sorry I missed your 10 minutes Nick it is always very interesting. Welcome Rosemarie you will do well at this group they are a great bunch.