There was ice on the windscreen when I set off and the sun was shining shortly after I arrived. COVID is still around with corresponding absences so that when we started there were twenty members present.
Toby Acton was this week’s presenter and his subject matter was the Conscious Competence Ladder. Amidst much alliteration, he explored Unconscious Competence, Conscious Incompetence, Conscious Competence and Unconscious Competence. You kind of felt incompetent if you didn’t catch on and certainly all of us who were conscious by the end of it did catch on. The fact that he quoted Donald Rumsfeld by way of introduction sowed the seeds for confusion, competent or otherwise. We all enjoyed it with various degrees of comprehension.
The 60 Second Round
Last week there was a joint award of the Oscar between Stuart Smallcombe and Sarah Steele and in Sarah’s absence Stuart did the honours. The performance of a certain W Smith at the real Oscar ceremony probably discouraged him from awarding the Oscar this week to Vince for fear of a slap. His own presentation he declared to be not sexy but necessary. His subject was data networking infrastructure, plugs and sockets to you! Other presenters were also not sexy but only James Humphries admitted it as he explained about defective workmanship extensions to insurance policies.
Other linked presentations included John Freeman warning us to check our smoke alarms and Scot Griffiths explaining how the family pet snake, Hissing Sid, narrowly escaped death by burning due to faulty smoke alarm issues.
Kieran Peaty finds that his punters want to know; how long, how much, and what can I do. Apparently, a feasibility study answers all of these questions.
Ben Golding explained that it was D day today. Bills will be exploding like volcanoes from the 1st April 2022 so you should read your metre today.
Mike Rogers was cheerful. This unusual event was brought about by his obtaining a 10 year fixed rate mortgage on a buy to let of the rate of 2.79%. He at least thought this was sexy and it probably was.
Best use of props went to Colin O’Connor who produced a health and safety policy file which showed what you should be doing.
Sexiest word from the meeting came from Jane Malyon and it was discombobulated. She was describing our current state of confusion and explaining how, as a keynote speaker, she became a tea lady, offering support and comfort. A bit like a sling really.
Vincent Goode, back from Iceland and looking chilled, has been doing lots of things this week, possibly by way of catching up.
It was Toby Acton who won the Oscar this week and because his wife wasn’t present he accepted it gracefully.
Meeting Secretaries Report
Scott Griffiths challenged us all to find and record more referrals. There will be a monthly prize for the person who produces the most referrals. As referrals are the front and centre of our business group it sounds like this is something we should all be striving for.
10-minute presentation by Ben Ben Golding
From singer in cabaret to utility Warehouse group leader, Ben doesn’t whine but likes it (wine) or so his bio sheet declared. Now that Ben Fogle has replaced Joanna Lumley, being Ben is the way forward. He risked the projector and gave an excellent presentation. What became obvious during his presentation and afterwards is that his success is founded upon being available and helpful to all of us.
Referrals and Testimonials
We started with the naughty corner which boasted three members this week and whizzed round the table in a flurry of referrals and thanks for the money. What’s not to like!!!