I arrived a bit later than usual this morning and found 14 Members already present eagerly networking. We finished up with 24 Members. The only notable absence was Kieran Peaty with the admirable excuse of having recently become a dad. Late nights and early mornings are only just beginning Kieran. We also had a visitor who has applied to join our merry band.
The Performance League
Although I was unusually in third position (better than normal!) the leaders Matt Barry and Scott Griffiths were way ahead of me, Matt Barry leading with 154 points which is a great effort by both of them.
It was the Mayor of Gants Hill who educated us today and excellently. The contents of his little talk only made reference to his business once with a reference to the use and availability of business cards that we should all have when we attend meetings and networking. This was the theme of his talk and he started with the basics of ensuring that you are always on time. Listen as well as talk so that you can get to know people well and thereby make appropriate referrals. We even had the Naughty Corner giving one of their customary illustrations/performances showing how you shouldn’t huddle together when talking to each other but always “look” available to welcome any guests. A useful reminder to all of us.
The 60 Second Round
Richard Reed, as adjudicating Oscar winner, emphasised how bookings with him are protected as far as deposits are concerned and are normally more resilient that some of the recent airline problems that have arisen recently.
Marcelle Saad told of a couple whose second wedding anniversary obliged besotted husband to look for a further items of jewellery to celebrate this event. For a January wedding she advised a Garnet being the birth stone for said month. Such an enthusiastic husband must bear in mind that if you exclude the thumb there are only 8 fingers available for rings.
Anna Marie is looking for people in love so that she can photograph them, the approaching Valentines Day has something to do with this.
John Freeman had an unusual commission for a man in excess of 6ft.7. in height requiring a seat in a shower. He emphasised his availability and his extensive tool kit. What more can I say!
There was a general mood of optimism, particularly from those who are reliant on the property market to provide work for them, Nick Cooke looked at a house on Leigh on Sea that had a problem with cracks on the front that the Seller had attempted to cover up.
Stuart Smallcome has a big job for a company employing 15 people on 3 floors and a new office. He has to shift everything around, which is good news for him.
Kevin Radford had an insurance product for commercial property whereby the value can be checked through a desk top valuation. Important for insurances that can be value based.
Dean Caldon reported lots of first time buyer activity.
Mason Edwards was anticipating a big contract in the Olympic Park from a large contractor with the prospect of dealing with 120 Units.
Not necessarily linked to the property side of business Scott Griffiths reported commissions for web sites, be they ever so small, are all grist to the mill.
Vincent Goode has just done some work for a barristers chambers and is looking for more, work that is and also barristers chambers.
Saj Sreedharan has found offices in Brentwood who are looking to have flowers displayed in their reception, apparently they are heating the reception which means that the flowers themselves may not last the week. Good news for him!
Matt (call me Matty) Barry is also busy and Ben Golding has a special offer from Utility Warehouse for people who sign up this month; can be worth up to £150.00 bonus payment…and you get a debit card… and you get all of your utilities on one bill.
All that is really left for me to report upon is the winner of the Oscar. Tina Walker was selected because of the copy book nature of her presentation; she told us what she did, she told of a new insolvency client and indicated the sort of things she could do, well done and deserved Tina!!
This weeks statistics and points of note
24 Members Present
£19,500.00 worth of business recorded
Tina Walker won the Oscar
10-minute presentation by Alan Moller
Alan Moller put his jacket on and walked to the front of the meeting with a determined glint in his eye
Anticipation was high and justified; electric shocks formed part of the explanation and Alan Mollerisms such as “…a bit of naughtiness was going on”
He joined a client in the shower to check on the “tingle” that he was feeling and resolved the problem. There was a reference to “half a gnome ” which in fact translates out as “half an ohm”. His almost parting shot was that “RDCOs are what it’s all about”. It was thrilling stuff. Significant however were the number of almost intelligent questions following his presentation which not only showed that we had all paid attention but that his presentation was clear. Well done Alan.
Synergy Team Report
Paul Booth reported upon a very successful Synergy Meeting on Tuesday in Billericay 8 Members Present
Referrals and Testimonials Round
I do not normally produce much copy on this section of the meeting, however important it is for the purpose of the business side of what we do. However in relation to Mason Edwards there was a common theme to the congratulations that he received. Stuart Smallcome “what he did in the gents loo had to be seen to be believed” and Kevin Radford’s assertion that he had been “been around to look at my toilet”. In the light of Mason’s assertion that he was good at polishing turds, what more can you expect.
A lively and enthusiastic meeting.
A very enjoyable meeting, I always enjoy the lively bants, but there is also business flying around the room. Alan “Job’s a Good’un” Moller’s presentation was melifluous and you could feel the electricity in the room. Mainly from the lights…
Great meeting and well done Alan on your 10 minutes-very entertaining! Good to see Paul Delieu as a guest and hopefully he will join our merry band.
Good job Vince, very restrained ed slot.
A really enjoyable meeting with plenty all-round. Excellent “performances” by the naughty-corner too in the ed slot.
Very good ed slot from the three stooges. Best advice of the day? Alan telling Nick when he said he didn’t have the correct size fuse, “buy one!”
Thank you all for making me so welcome yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed the meeting and found it interesting, useful and (occasionally) rather amusing. I came away with one question though. What has Linford Christie got to do with electrics? Having just heard that my application to join has been approved, I very much look forward to seeing you all again next week!
Welcome to the mad house Paul, great news you have joined!
Welcome aboard Paul.
Welcome Paul! Great to hear that you have joined!!
What a great start to the day, Lovely to see so many people.
Such a great meeting! Plus always brilliant to see so many referrals being passed around the members!!
Great presentation from Alan, very informative and very humorous at the same time!!
See you all next week 😀🐷
Having been away for a while this meeting provided a timely reminder of exactly why I like being a member of EBF. Plenty of useful information to take away ,plenty of business opportunities received and passed , plenty of laughs but all done in a business like manner (mostly!) . Alan’s ten minutes will live long in the memory . Thank you for a lively start to the morning.
Sorry I missed your presentation Al. I’ve heard it was excellent!
Really good meeting this week, Alan’s 10 minutes was informative I am however still confused about Linford Christie and no legs!! Great start to the day, looking forward to next week 🙂
What a great meeting this week and congratulations Paul, welcome to the club!. The reason Linford Christie was used as an example was due to an extremely high earth fault loop impedance reading i once came across on a job once, in a healthy circuit the circuit breaker would trip instantaneously, due to the high reading it would never trip!!, like Linford having his legs chopped off!. Nick, question for you, explain earth fault loop impedance to me at the next meeting and you’ll get your 3 amp fuse! Lol. Have a great weekend all!, cheers Alan
What a great meeting yesterday full of buzz. Welcome Paul to our fab EBF team. Great 10 minutes Alan and Ed slot from Vince and his props.
Brilliant meeting. So lovely to see everyone again, and with a lovely positive air for 2020.
Thanks Alan for a tremendously entertaining 10 mins! Providing a spark for my day :o)
Good turn out, new member, plenty of humour AND 32 referrals passed – lest we forget why we attend.
Great meeting – and welcome Paul!
Nice one Sparky.. Welcome Paul…Great meeting, see you all next week.
Wow fantastic blog and that’s only possible after an awesome meeting.
Very good Ed slot from Vincent (3m42s)
Well done Tina on winning the Oscar and thank you Alan for a very informative ten minutes.
Also great to see Paul has joined the best networking group in Essex 😉
Great meeting guys, thoroughly enjoyed it as ever,
welcome to Paul 😊
well done Tina 😊
Vincent, you did okay 😉
Aiden, sublime blog 😊
And very well done Alan, got to dumb it down a bit more though lol 😂
Great meeting as always with an excellent 10 mins from Alan. But I seem to have been haunted by thoughts of a legless Linford Christie ever since…
Great to hear you have joined Paul. Another Great meeting .This is a great group of people where networking is easy and it works .