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When I clicked in at 7.08am I was confronted by 3 members, each in almost total darkness. Alan Moller and John Hammond were in their respective vans but Tina Walker I think was simply saving electricity.
Two first-time visitors, Marc Robinson and Kieran Baines graced our screens and for the last time as a visitor, Mike Skinner was with us. We mustered 27, or 28 if you count Toby Acton twice.
Scott Griffiths delivered a timely reminder about the need to complete the forms from the website for all of our activities but in particular the Referrals Form and the “thanks for the money” section of the Activity Form. This provides us with very useful information going forward as well as increasing your chances in the Performance League.
New Member Induction & Existing Member Renewal
Terry Maylin confirmed that there are 8 Members due to renew this month and also gave us cause for celebration by confirming Mike Skinner’s application for membership had been approved and that as of next week will be our 29th member…..deep joy!!!
The 60 Second Round
Nathan Howson was the Oscar adjudicator this week.
George Francis had made the effort to join us all the way from Estonia. The line was not good, unless the Estonian language bears a close relationship to Klingon and George was speaking it…Estonian that is!
Don’t DIY if you are looking to build an extension or build a website warned Nick Cooke and Scott Griffiths respectively.
If you have, in relation to your business, no clear vision; a clear vision but no plan; or even with both of the above but no focus, then you should go for a deep dive with Toby Acton or at least go to Paul Dulieu and make sure your business is presented coherently to your customer base, which probably means you would have gone to Toby Acton in the first place to be able to instruct Paul Dulieu.
Simon Essex is looking for “local creatives” and gave us an example of a young entrepreneur who brought exotic soap back from holiday and turned it into retro soap products including Soap on a Rope; beloved of resident of the HM Prison Service to make sure they didn’t’ drop the soap.
John Freeman gave us a rundown of his widely varying talents but failed to mention “Horse Whisper” although this was the cause of his early departure.
Brian Painter won the Oscar by likening the rattle of a rattlesnake with the death rattle of a smoker, well done Brian.
Membership Secretaries Report
This month’s figures for business recorded topped £80,000, a great effort by everyone.
Scott also reminded everyone to cast their votes in our annual Member Awards, and not to cheat!
“Procedures have been put in place to catch cheats, and you’ll be outed”.
10-minute presentation by Toby Acton
Scott continued his multitasking by standing in for Ben Golding and introducing Tony Acton’s 10-minute presentation. This was a whistle-stop tour through Toby’s approach via well-directed slides
The best presentation yet from Toby was the general consensus. He has helped several members and will no doubt continue to do so. I cannot help but think that it is the “Deep Dive” that is the real key to his success.
Referrals & Testimonials
A lively and focused round which, given a slightly later start and 27 members present got us finished before 9.am and was a good lead into February.
Don’t forget next week is our birthday meeting.