By 6:30 AM, but for one or two stragglers, we were all there mingling and taking refreshments. We numbered 20 by the time we were ready to start.
The Performance League
Terry Maylin is out front, followed by Tina and then by me. All to play for as the end of the month is nearly upon us.
Fresh from Dubai, Toby Acton was this week’s presenter. His theme was the importance of strategic partnerships and alliances in business. These are the people who you collaborate and cross reference with on a day to day basis. Trust is at the heart of these relationships and their importance is critical to the successful running of your business. Spend time with them!
There are renewals in the pipeline of which more next week but Terry Maylin also reported that Kieran Peaty and Alison Bean, both for ongoing business reasons, were unable to continue their membership. The architect slot is one in particular that we have always filled and whilst the seat is warm extra efforts should be made to recruit a replacement, particularly by those who operate in this sort of area of expertise but it would not hurt if we all gave some immediate thought to this.
The 60 Second Round
The full array of Mikes were present and the Rogers one was the holder of the Oscar and got the round underway.
John Freeman followed with the quote of the day,’.. if you’ve tried the rest you want one of the best. Neil Bellham is one of the best and consequently he is rushed off his feet with Brentwood’s TV bods and two or three buffets a day.
Brian Painter has had a varied week. A 64-year-old man with a relationship breakdown and a woman who was terrified of her boss which fear was dispelled simply by the act of making an appointment with our Pilgrim. It was a warm-up for his 10-minute presentation later in the meeting.
Jane Malyon is very much getting into the swing of things in anticipation of Christmas. Bearing in mind the current economic situation she has produced four new gifts, all under £30. Mike Skinner was inspired by Brentwood Breweries’ presence on site where our venue is located, to think that videos for websites were good ways of getting over the nature of your process and the product that you produce. He urged us all to think of potential beneficiaries of this approach.
Terry Maylin is being positively affected by the recent indecision of our government over the Landlord Reform Act and the disappearance of section 21 notices as a way of getting rid of a tenant. If this does not mean very much to you or you know a landlord who is puzzled put him in touch with Terry.
Paul Dulieu seemed to be contemplating mounting a hobbyhorse in relation to the use of writing apps. His illustration was the use of the word ‘business’. The alternative might be ‘company’ but not necessarily, a business need not be a limited company.
Scott Griffiths’s presentation this week was centred on the live chat facility that he can install for the very reasonable price of $15 per month. Current exchange rates make that slightly more expensive than it was a month or two ago. Such contemplation of government shortcomings however made Howard Bullock more upbeat. Taxes all going up!! Companies with too much cash should be looking to invest in pensions and other such tax-efficient forms of investment.
Matt Barry has been producing a messaging and interactive calendar for a client. And another interesting piece of information came from Paul Booth who explained that colonoscopists earn a lot of money without going into any details as to precisely what they do. Perhaps a good thing!
The third of the array of Mikes was Mr Hickson, who laid out all of the things that could go wrong with your IT systems and suggested every time that he listed one of these that you call him. This appealed to his fellow Mike, to wit Rogers and he accordingly awarded him the Oscar.
This weeks statistics and points of note
Scott Griffiths produced an upbeat report of the numbers of referrals and business recorded this week which you will find in the statistics section of this blog. Referrals have been particularly high this month which bodes well as we move into November.
Number of referrals: 22
Amount of business recorded: £13,000.00
Education slot presenter: Toby Acton
Oscar winner: Mike Hickson
Brian Painters pet hate: cream crackers that break when you take your first bite.
10-minute presentation by Brian Painter
The reason for Brian’s pet hate is the marked effect that it can have on your shirt if the cream cracker is laden with pickle or other staining material. Apart from this Brian produced a well-structured presentation which touched briefly on his career history as a spokesman for British Gas, a general run through the sort of things that make people come to him and one or two case studies. He coupled this with a commentary as to how the brain worked and a comparison of how the conscious and unconscious mind worked. This was perhaps slightly better than the usual high standard of presentation that we associate with Brian and the questions simply flowed.
A great meeting and an excellent 10 minutes by Brian. Of course, with such well honed hypnotic skills it may have actually been terrible and he convinced us otherwise…..
See you all next week gang!
Another great meeting. Brian’s 10 minutes was really fascinating. Tobi’s Ed slot was informative and helpful. A fun yet professional meeting.
Excellent meeting and a very enjoyable 10-minute presentation from Brian and yes that story he told did really happen- I couldn’t quite believe it when my client was able to give me the reg number and make and model of the car that nearly killed her!
Good turnout peeps, keep it up!
Good meeting. Excellent ed-slot from Toby and another brilliantly hypnotic 10-minute presentation from Brian.
Great 10 minutes Brian, absolutely fascinating!
Excellent Ed Slot Toby and well done Brian on your 10 minutes. I can’t believe I came second on the leader board and I actually took a photo :-). Shame Alison and Kieron have gone but wishing them well. Have a great weekend and see you all next Thursday.
Good ed slot, Toby and an excellent contribution from our Wordsmith for Toby’s website. Thank you for your generous comments. Enjoy the weekend
Hats off to Brian for another stellar presentation!
Thank you Brian. You always cease to amaze me. And I spotted your beautifully hand written notes. Old school at its finest
It was great to be back to EBF for a fun meeting. Awesome 10 mins from Brian. See y’all again next week!
Great meeting . Really enjoyed Brian’s ten minutes. Great ed Slot Toby , totally agree with partnerships .