The first meeting of the year and as we emerged from Christmas 18 members braved the early start.
The Performance League
Despite last month consisting of only two meetings the winning points total was 149 with Matt Barry winning again. Last month he had record figures and if we let him win what will effectively be a third month on the bounce, we should be both proud of him and ashamed of ourselves.
Ben Golding’s theme was appropriate for the first meeting of the year with our thoughts of new beginnings. His subject matter was the setting of goals for the New Year; not to be too ambitious but to set them nevertheless.
New Member Induction & Existing Member Renewal
Terry Maylin relayed the sad news that Rosemarie Driscoll was being forced to leave us due to personal circumstances and as our travel expert she has certainly made a difference to the group during her short stay. We wish her well and we should bear in mind her ongoing availability notwithstanding leaving the group to arrange our holidays for us until we get a replacement.
The 60 Second Round
The last Oscar winner of 2023, Jane Malyon, was not with us today and James Humphreys stood in as this week’s adjudicator. Worryingly he continued to exhibit an interest in meeting burly builders but he assured us that it was for insurance purposes. New Year’s Eve celebrations might explain the slightly sluggish response of members to the opportunity of showcasing their business on what felt to be a cold and dark morning. The way in which everyone downplayed the happy in Happy New Year was only rescued by Leann Reason whose slightly over exaggerated enthusiasm perhaps made-up for the sluggish enthusiasm exhibited by earlier presenters
Many of us chose to re-emphasise what we did by way of introduction. Nick Cooke reminded us of his core services and that this included structural design. Mike Skinner is about to go away on holiday and therefore wasn’t even looking for referrals until the beginning of February. Toby Acton reiterated the education presentation theme that there is no point in suddenly doing something radical. Keep it simple, make fractional changes but undoubtedly have a plan going forward.
Clara Downton was close to enthusiastic over mortgage activity in the current marketplace and that she was going to be making pitches in the New Year for equity release facilities that she can offer. Ben Golding of course was totally enthusiastic as always and was at pains to point out that 1999 was a good year… and why, as well as indicating Utility Warehouse savings of £19.99.
Dave Roberts took the opportunity of reminding us of the fact that they do electrical testing and small jobs as well as big jobs, Both myself and Terry Maylin, without prompting each other found a way of presenting in general terms the work that we do and the work that we are looking for.
The Hammond twins was suitably enthusiastic. John emphasising that he is looking for CCTV work and Blake, ignoring the more combative side of his business and perhaps with an eye to spring, was referring us to his camping equipment both of garments and tents.
Paul Booth used his 60 to ask us to look out for businesses to fill 2 off his available units at the Hermitage.
To some extent the round left the impression that it was a dress rehearsal for next week and future rounds and the Oscar was awarded to Leann Reason if for no other reason that she exhibited levels in enthusiasm that we should all emulate in future meetings.
Meeting Secretaries Report
Scott Griffiths was able to report £15,500 worth of business written. More importantly, with the year-end coming up an emphasis upon getting our business recorded on the website so that we can have an accurate indication of business passed over the last year
10-minute presentation by Scott Griffiths
It was Scott Griffiths again who gave us an insight into his business and how he operated by way of a sort of quiz. It did the job and emphasised how effective he is as a website designer that enables businesses to be very effectively promoted.
Referrals & Testimonials
The Christmas/New Year hangover persisted in the round that emphasised, without being spectacular, the solid business that we’ve passed between each other throughout the year.
I am looking forward to a very lively meeting next week.