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We managed 29 members today which given the hot weather and the half term holiday was good. We also managed to get started by our target time of 7.20am (or thereabouts) with only a couple of stragglers…no names; no pack drill!
Marc Robinson broke his duck with a piece on managing stress at work. Turn” fight or flight” into “rest and digest” by breathing. 4 seconds in through the nose; 8 seconds out through the mouth. He got us all to try it; The meeting thereafter proceeded suitably rested and digested.. brilliant!
New Member Induction & Existing Member Renewal
Two of us are up for renewal. You will have to turn up next week to find out more.
The 60 Second Round
Jane Malyon was last week’s Oscar winner and this week’s adjudicator. She also informed us of the “sconut” which is apparently deep-fried. You will have to book for the 6th July or the 9th October to make sure you sample this delicacy.
Sarah Steel informed us of a course she produces “how to make kids superheroes” by educating them in the careful use of pocket money….catch ‘em young!
Mike Skinner suggested that websites would be more appealing with the use of video.
Paul Dulieu explained his skills by referring to himself as a chameleon, given the variety and differences in the businesses for which he supplies blogs and the like.
The Mayor of Gants Hill was this weeks birthday boy. There was no mention of a civic reception but I am sure the Council will do something for him. In the meantime, he continues to diligently ply his trade showing business cards and signs advertising his clients with a background of the actual tools of their trades. It got me thinking of how this could work with some of our members. With Nick Cooke you could have a steel beam, with Neil Belham, food cooking on a BBQ and Mason Edwards cleaning tools including “Bog Brush”
Brian Painter’s most recently confronted anxiety problem was excessive hair growth reacting to anxiety over getting pregnant. For some of us, this might very well be an acceptable side effect of stress.
Sarah Bell showed us photographs of a 1-2-6 involving the “EBF Ladies” who are looking to form their own corner, if not naughty what do you all suggest?
Toby Acton introduced a new prop, “Toby’s toolbox”. This included strategies to help his mentees attain their goals. I was most struck by the Business Play Card.
Scott Griffiths contemplated working on websites advertising unsavoury subject matter including toilet hire, waste disposal and pest control. Sounds like a job for Mike Skinner. Indeed his pitch this week won him the Oscar, well done Mike.
10-minute presentation by Scott Griffiths
He has been a member as long as anyone and he has presented numerous 10 Minute presentations, but this was by far the most effective. He showed us a guide to the whole process from receiving instructions to the completed website. Not only did it give us an insight into what potential clients can expect but it was an affirmation of his skill and professionalism.
He took a lot of questions but we still finished by 8.45 which helps demonstrate the value of an earlier start and discipline of presenting only 60 seconds.
Spot the Hare
Incredibly hard to find again this week, our mystery hare-hider was none other than Jane Malyon. I didn’t manage to even find it to grab a screenshot once it had been announced who was hiding it, but just to fill a gap, here’s the screenshot of where I THOUGHT it was hidden. Turns out it was only Colins Stapler!!!