The meeting was opened with the news that the board are actively considering a return to Calcutt Hall Farm, possibly in time for the last week of September. We will be monitoring the situation over the next couple of weeks. More information will be supplied when the decision has been made but there will be the overriding stipulation that all members attending must have had both jabs. 24 members were present to hear this announcement. Watch this space!
It was Ben Golding himself who delivered this week’s words of wisdom. it was a warning to all of us to mind our errs and ums by ensuring proper preparation of our 60 second and 10-minute presentations
New Member Induction & Existing Member Renewal
Nick Cooke has renewed his membership for another year and there is another renewal in the pipeline. Unfortunately Nathan Howson did not feel able to renew for all the right reasons, namely he is too busy at the moment.
The 60 Second Round
Paul Dulieu was looking leaner and meaner. Having won the Oscar last week by declaring he is attempting 11,000 paces per day for a month to support Prostate Cancer Research he has thus far achieved 14,000 steps per day. He was presiding over the award of the Oscar this week
John Freeman is taking a vacation in November and declared himself pretty well booked up until then. Apparently, normal service will be resumed in December.
On the communications front, Stuart Smallcombe is offering a free review of warehouses and factories of their needs and we would all do well to remember this when speaking to those of our clients/customers who operate from such locations.
Matt Barry for once gave a simple, non-illustrated review of the services that he provides. Vert effective. By contrast, Mike Skinner illustrated not only what he does but the quality that he brings by comparison with a movie video that showed how it should not be done
Terry Maylin, by way of explaining what work he does, listed what he doesn’t do. This should stand you in good stead for when you come to make a referral to him, knowing full well from previous 60-second presentations exactly what he does do.
Jane (battalion) Malyon brought out the big guns this week, with a demonstration of what is in her award-winning Cote de Boeuf hamper. If armies who march on their stomachs were equipped with one of Jane’s hampers they would be all-conquering!
Toby Acton’s message this week was that one of the reasons businessmen are not able to achieve the correct life/work balance is that they don’t charge enough. Let him guide you through this conundrum. For the second week running there was a total absence of metaphor. I’m starting to get withdrawal symptoms.
John Hammond is still in Liverpool and we were treated to shots of him wearing his hard hat and to all intents and purposes providing an outside broadcast for his 60 seconds. He has certainly excelled himself over recent weeks by staying in touch with the meeting from afar.
Vincent Goode was his usual well-rehearsed self, with an array of tongue twisters which were so far removed from his simple and easy to pronounce “..you think it we ink it..”. He didn’t win the Oscar however because Paul was quite rightly taken with Stewart Smallcombe’s straightforward and positive message to review for free.
Consistent with being the group statistician, Scott Griffiths was able to confirm that throughout the 60 second round there were 99 errs or ums…. sad!
Questions and Answers Session
With the absence of a 10-minute presenter this week, as usual, we embarked upon a Q&A session. Paul Booth admirably had the recent tax changes and their effect at his fingertips, Neil Belham is almost ready to launch his chilli jams upon an unsuspecting world and Brian Painter was very reassuring over the effects of hypnotism. You don’t go under, you go into a trance. This was as good a Q and A as I can remember.
Referrals and testimonials
After a slow start to the month it was refreshing to see a lot of referrals passing or about to be passed. Let’s try and make this another bumper month. Don’t forget to record not only your referrals but the details of the monies that you receive.