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A dark dull and dismal morning turned into a dark dull and dismal day. Coronavirus cast its shadow over the meeting and our numbers were possibly reflecte of this.
18 Members and 1 Guest. The gloom was slightly lifted by the use of the Wuhan Shake. Not only did this go viral on YouTube; it went viral at our meeting. Many Members looked like demented Morris Dancers but it did mean that we were able to greet one another; without kissing, shaking hands or doing anything else that might be considered risky.
It was Terry Maylin’s turn this week and he used it to emphasise that the Performance League, whilst an interesting piece of entertainment for the Members had a serious point. Given all the various catergories of potential contribution, it is a good indicator of how we are performing as Members. He ran through the various ways of earning points which reflected contibutions made to the Group. He also talked about absence from our breakfast meetings and how consistent failure to attend resulted in a “cumulative negative” of points.
Cumulative negative did sound like a cloud formation rather than a points deduction, but his point was well made. We all have various skills that we can bring to the group but if we are self critical by reference to the Performance League we should be able to improve the Group for the benefit of all of us.
The 60 Second Round
Paul Booth was awarding the Oscar this week. He used his 60 seconds to emphasise that he offered his clients tax enquiry insurance.
Inevitably Coronavirus reared its ugly head in the presentations.
I was also guilty of unashamedly referring to the consequences to employers in dealing with their workforce over what is good practice and how sick pay can be dealt with. T M Law offers consultation for concerned employers of £150.00 plus VAT. Unfortunately, such a tantalising offer was obviously not as tantalising as Terry Maylin’s offer at the same price for advising Landlords in relation to potential possession proceedings. At the end of the session, there Oscar was duly awarded to him. Well done Terry. Toby Acton asked, “how big is your chest” which was his clarion call. He was, of course, suggesting positive measures by creating a “War Chest” to deal with the potential pandemic problem.
So what excited other members this week?
Kevin Radford was excited by being involved in insuring Copa Cabana. Not the iconic resort but a guest house in Southend. Ah well… you must take it where you can find it….Kevin wants introductions to guest houses in Southend on Sea, even if it’s called Valhalla.
Blinds and shutters for schools occupied some of Paul Dulieu’s time this week. A company that produced such blinds and shutters advanced their cause to attract more schools through a 130-word letter. Often less is more…
Brian Painter was into phobias of a medical nature. Fear of operations and fear of injections produced subject matters from 2 of his clients, one of them was a doctor who had panic attacks. I stopped listening at this point.
I thought I had listed in this Blog all of those Members who jumped on the Coronavirus bandwagon. I missed one however!! Stuart Smallcombe who can help people work from home sees this an opportunity…and quite rightly so. If anybody had forgotten what VOIP was, they should know that they would need it if they are going to quickly arrange facilities for their staff to work from home.
The Mayor of Gants Hill was into tongue twisters culminating in something less tongue-twisting aimed at promoting his business.
Scott Griffiths was talking about platforms; my attention strayed… and I was left only with the impression in my mind of Waterloo.
In a dazzling display off knowledge, Saj Sreedharan was able to advise us all that the Daffodil was the flower of spring and more importantly, it was yellow, You can order flowers from with confidence.
If you are about to buy an electric vehicle Alan Moller will be your man… after the 4th May 2020. He should have done the course by then and will be at the centre of the fight to save the planet.
And so our 60 Second Round drew to a close.
Referrals and Testimonials Round
However this had to wait Paul Booths delivery of the 10 minute Presentation he had lots of certificates including one showing him finishing the London Marathan in 1989, he was barely recognisabal but of course he wass a lot younger then. He kept our attention through his 10 Minute Presentation by having all of these certificates passeded round the room.
This weeks statistics and points of note
18 Members Present
1 Visitor in attendance
28 referrals passed
Terry Maylin won the Oscar