The heat of previous weeks was gone and for the holiday season the turnout was excellent, 22 members and two visitors.
Sarah Steele was this week’s presenter and her topic was how to affectively network. Don’t spread yourself too thinly but maximise the time you spend but getting to know your fellow networkers, listen to their 60 second presentations and 1-2-1s. She introduced the concept of ‘networking burnout’ as a consequence of thin spreading.
The 60 Second Round
Paul Dulieu was this week’s Oscar holder and he kicked off by claiming that he could do his job anywhere. If you have any suggestions of where he could not work from, you can put them in your comments on this blog.
Sarah Steele produced a salutary tale over lady who’s new partner sadly died and equally sadly left no will. She had no entitlement whatsoever. Please make a will and I confirm my endorsement of this suggestion with an offer of help to those who need it.
Vincent Goode was in dictionary mode, seeking definitions for both ‘speed’ and ‘print’ and then putting the two together and defined his business. A clever presentation.
Nick Cooke was metaphorically rubbing his hands together as he explained the risks of subsidence in the light of our current hot spell.
Neil Bellham has been supplementing his recent 1-2-1s with Taco feasts which those who attended very much appreciated. He emphasised that the prices he charged when attending events, both big and small, was based on fresh ingredients and homemade products.
Toby Acton once again delighted us all with a review of what he did that would have taken most of us 3 minutes but which he comfortably achieved in the allotted 60 seconds. It was reminiscent of a machine gun, he boasted a simple formula for success and even managed a deep dive. Breath-taking!!!
Jane Malyon insisted on linking her name with stallion rather than medallion but then went on to urge us, when ordering one of her delicious cream teas ‘ to do one for yourself’.
Terry Maylin estimated that he had collected in excess of £850,000 for clients this year and this collection had cost most of them nothing because of the interest claims he quite properly added to their invoices.
Brian Painter boasted success so far with a gambler. It wasn’t quite as clear how successful he was with a Ukrainian who spoke no English attending with an interpreter who spoke no Ukrainian. At least Brian realised that he wanted to give up smoking. It would appear that hypnosis knows no language barrier.
Mike Hickson was determined to continue with interesting facts about IT although the interesting part was at times obscure.
Scott Griffiths has been investigating dating websites and Howard Bullock has been advising that it is possible for too much to be paid into a pension.
When it came to the award of the Oscar however it was a triumph of the succinct presented by Mike Rogers, namely he is a mortgage broker and arranges mortgages. no chance of the singing of any bells and it has the added bonus that he will have to turn up next week.
Meeting secretaries Report
I have been reliably advised by Scott Griffiths that we have topped the £100,000 mark for the month of July. Fantastic effort by all involved.
10-minute presentation by Nick Cooke
From his biography sheet we learned that his culinary expertise extends to fish fingers, chips and peas. His culinary attainments were only matched by the style of his presentation which involved an interview by Neil Bellham who did not comment on the fish fingers but did ask a series of questions which in themselves told us much of what Nick Cooke does. He managed to fill us in on the rest; how he started out as a civil engineer and moved to structural engineer. I don’t think it was a film title but he claimed responsibility for ‘A bridge over the A12’ And also produced an insight of monumental proportions, namely that ‘subsidence is on the up’. As usual thoroughly well prepared and entertaining with special mention Neil Bellham.
Referrals and Testimonials
A solid round followed by the Speakers Prize which was won by Toby Acton and a Referral Reality Check that showed good follow-up on referrals from last week.