Despite a weather warning for torrential rain 21 of us were not put off and arrived for the meeting, although John Freeman had to depart almost as soon as he had arrived.
The Performance League
The results were in for the month of October which had Tina Walker third with 193 points, John Freeman second with 196 points but way out in front was Terry Maylin with 253 points. Congratulations Terry. We are now reset for the month of November but it might be worthwhile reflecting upon October as being an excellent month for referrals which hopefully be reflected in the months to come
It was Ben Golding himself who was presenting this week. His subject matter was the importance of setting goals and seeing them through. They should be kept in mind and revised where necessary. ‘Goals should be set in stone but the dates for achievement need not’. So how do we go about ‘goal setting’ and perhaps more importantly ‘goal achieving’ or is it ‘scoring’. Ben suggested that we have a plan, we self-motivate over following this plan and we manage our diary to ensure achievement. It requires flexibility and self-regulation. Simples!
The 60 Second Round
Mike Hickson as the Oscar holder kicked us off and told us of a virus which he cured.
James Humphreys has a new string to his bow, namely private medical insurance. This seemed to generate immediate interest. So has Jane Malyon who’s extra string is her elevation to the board of Visit Essex. They are looking to promote the film industry in Essex. She is hoping for a ‘Poldark like’ interest in some of our stunning scenery. Bradwell power station, Basildon town centre and the M25 to name but three.
Matt Barry is dyslexic and he claimed that it helped him see things differently in a creative sense. As a fellow sufferer, the things I see differently seem to revolve around the spelling of words. For me it’s making the best of it rather than gaining a benefit. Matt’s positive spin on his learning difficulty is undoubtedly an accurate observation by him. His achievements that have been visible to EBF members over the years is a testimony to that
Hannah O’Shea advocated a metaphorical ‘spring clean’ which should serve as a ‘call to action’ as to how we approach social media through our businesses. Talking about calls to action, Mike Skinner’s little drone was not able to fly high enough to provide a shot of an overall area of Woodland he was filming. So he adopted a method used in the Second World War to photograph a large area by creating the fly over grid. Good thinking! Similarly reminiscent of the Second World War was Toby Acton who, with machine gun speed and accuracy got through a formidable piece on motivation in business within his allotted 60 seconds. This also was made doubly effective by in fact this picked up on the motivations theme of the Ed Slot.
Nick Cooke claims to design bits of buildings that you cannot see.
Mike Rogers started out on solid ground by pointing out all of the difficult things that are confronting us, particularly economic ones, but out of the blue he finished with a good news story. Apparently despite soaring interest rates mortgagee’s are looking a little further ahead and offering very good fixed term 10 year deals.
Scott Griffiths was the only one who had a Halloween theme in his quest to help with the redesign of a website of a funeral site at Herongate. It must be difficult to get terribly upbeat about mortuaries and coffins but he was!
Paul Dulieu explained how a sign writer could approach a pub called the Pig and Whistle by way of a proliferation of ‘ands’. He gave the same impression as Tina Walker did of a duck in a pond, going round and round.
This exceptionally interesting round culminated in Mike Hickson awarding the Oscar to Mike Skinner for the effective use of a drone. As he is called Mike, Mr. Rogers is hopeful of winning the Oscar next week.
This weeks statistics and points of note
Another good referral day with a total of 17. Scott Griffiths was also able to report reasonable numbers for business passed.
- Numbers of members present, 21
- Numbers of referrals passed, 17
- Business recorded last month, £30,000
- Business recorded this week £6000
- Oscar winner, Mike Skinner
- Speaker’s Prize winner, Jane Malyon
10-minute presentation by Terry Maylin
Terry Maylin gave five good reasons why you should choose TM Law for the legal services that they provide which include:
The experience of its lawyers
The single point of contact personal service provided
Legal fees based on honesty over costs, relatively low overheads, and not taking on any work if there’s any question over their expertise in a particular area of the law
Speaking a language the clients understand.
A useful and different approach by Terry will hopefully help encourage your ability to make referrals which I have to declare an interest in the firm receiving.
Referrals and testimonials
We appear to be continuing to generate good business between ourselves and this round reflected it.
Everyone was then sent out feeling upbeat into a downpour.
Great meeting apart from the floods getting home! Good turnout and let’s keep up the good work looking for visitors
An excellent meeting, as always. Fabulous education slot by Ben Ben and a really insightful 10 minute presentation by Terry Terry. Have a good week folks. See you next Thursday.
Great meeting today even the weather didn’t put any of us off. Great Ed Slot BenBen, thank you John H for the duck. Great 10 minutes Terry love being part of TM Law. Have a fab weekend and see you all next Thursday.
Great 10 minutes Terry, and you also created 5 great blog topic ideas! Cheers for the oscar Mike, and Aidan for adding WW2 context to my 60 seconds 😀
“Mike Skinner’s little drone was not able to fly high enough”
Not something you want the lads and ladies down the pub finding out! Can’t decide if I want this to be a wonderful accident or to be able to give credit to Scott where it’s due.
Great meeting despite the horrible weather this morning.
James (Mike) Humphreys
I’m sure you called me out in the meeting last week for laughing at a euphemism!
Well done managing without me this week. Who dinged the dinger in my absence? This is the burning question. After an airport run I got to bed at 4:00am, 90 minutes sleep isn’t long enough for me to operate the bell efficiently so I decided to forego my bacon sarnie. See you all next week
Paul D took over this week, but to be honest he did nothing but complain about the stress of the job
Great and informative event m’dears AND I won the ‘speaker prize’!! Thanks our Terry 😀
Sorry to have missed the meeting but Tuesday’s all day hospital visit rendered me hors de combat. I’ll watch the video.
Another great meeting . Brillant 10 minutes Terry very informative ,