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Bright eyed and bushy tailed 32 Members turned up today. I saw no pinch and definitely no punch but it certainly was the first of the month.
With Easter to follow(” yippee”) and the prospect of snow (”boo”) There was a mixture of emotions.
It was our Education and Development Officer who did the honours today. Ben’s subject was the difference between hearing and listening. We should aspire to become better at the latter; the former will, unfortunately, be less aspirational and more ageing. Listening, first of all to our fellow members thereby increasing our awareness of the detail of their expertise, and then to those we interreact with to be sure that we better spot referrals. If only they made “listening aids”
New Member Induction & Existing Member Renewal
Terry Maylin confirmed that Lee Myers has been approved and is now a member. Congratulations Lee.
The 60 Second Round
The 1st April was a potential inspiration for our presentations and some of us took the opportunity.
Stuart Smallcombe was promoting a hands free telephone headset which was a traditional phone secured to his head by an elastic band.
Vincent Goode had a one off colour of tartan only available today and Paul Dulieu had a special offer of £19.99 for 100 words that could be used to help describe a business. It was of course extra for putting these words in the correct order.
Kevin Radford explained how many containers littered the sea bed after being swept overboard. He suggested cargo insurance for those who imported goods by sea The lasting image was of a container carrying frozen shrimps resting on the sea bed, presumably being surrounded by real live shrimps.
Tina Walker illustrated how she could help business owners to deal with stress after they have thrown all of their stress balls and fluffy creatures out of their pram.
A new synergy became apparent between Brian Painter and Richard Reed. Brian cures people of their flying phobia and Richard books them a holiday where they jet off to somewhere exotic… well maybe next year!
John Freeman is into hot tubs, not actually sitting in one but contemplating a business hiring them out.
Toby Acton, concious of his 60 second time limit, rattled off the ills he could cure in any aspiring entrpreneur. He hardly poaused for breath and still only just made it. It must be easier just to do deep diving.
Ben Golding might not have been doing an April fools number on us when he told us of another award that Utility Warehouse had received. Something to do with European contract services. If we are to be convinced of its accuracy we would probably require Johanna Lumley to confirm.
After all this Simon Essex awarded the Oscar to Kieran Peaty who definitely was not giving us an April Fools leg pull when he clearly explained his expertise and how he was able to assist anyone wanting to get the planning right in relation to extensions etc.
Meeting Secretaries Report
Scott Griffiths reported the monthly total for business passed was £47,000.00 based on 65 referrals. The statistical consquence of this is that every referral is worth £700.00 on average.
Questions & Answers session
This section of the meeting was superseded by a Question and Answer session which was of its usual high standard and coupled with a referrals round with lots of referrals passed it reflected what a successful group we are.