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There was light in the sky when we assembled and our numbers were prodigious, 28 members and 2 visitors.
The Performance League
The month of February ultimately showed Toby Acton as the winner. It was slightly convoluted how he got there but it was a genuine contribution and a deserved first win for Toby.
This was a “David Plumley special” reviewing the Referrals and Testimonials round. Apart from pointing out the absolute no no …” never say you haven’t got any referrals”, always be positive. Verbal as well as written testimonials help bring to the attention of the group of the week business that has been done between ourselves and brief comments, even when you do not have a referral, should present a positive approach.
The 60 Second Round
Mike Rogers was boasting 17mortgage applications on his desk all of which emanated either directly or indirectly from EBF referrals. It did not prevent a curmudgeonly side swipe to the effect that it was giving him too much work to do. A great testimonial for Mike and the group.
Marcelle Saad explained how technology effected the jewellery business. CAD allows for design of a piece of jewellery to take hours rather than days and 3D printing had also assisted greatly.
There was a theme, to require a declaration what books were being read by members as it is World Book Day. At least 6 Members were able to describe the book but also they had it with them! As no warning had been given for this theme this was potentially sad because it tended to be work related books, but enthusiasm take all forms!!
Talking of jewellery, Kieran Peaty wants to break into the M25 ring. We all knew what he meant!
Saj Sreedharan will now be known as the Friendly florist and Simon Essex who followed him will in future be dubbed Simon “Smoked Salmon” Essex as he had managed to wangle smoked salmon to go with his scrambled eggs.
Nick Cooke revealed that he liked to encourage his potential clients to send him photographs first. He referred to his previous weeks explanation of the bloke who had a next door neighbour concerned about a large tree growing in his garden. This week it was a flat roof examination that would require ladders. I am not quite sure whether he had sorted this problem out or not but apparently John Freeman was going to help with the ladders. John did not spend this week painting in pants but was laying a new flooring product, altogether more seemly!
Kevin Brooks is looking for extensions and because we know he is a builder it was all quite clear.
Ellen Beckenham revealed that amongst other things she is looking for asbestos in St. Paul’s Cathedral. Now there’s a subject for the whispering Gallery – Asbestos!
Howard Bullock has a Paraplanner and he is apparently writing a children’s book to illustrate what a Paraplanner is. It was more a question of what wasn’t a Paraplanner and he pointed out several members who would not qualify.
The Bard of Hadleigh is looking for people to take out GAP insurance with him, he did manage a little ditty at the end but the muse is currently not with him. We hope he will get a grip in due course as the Bard of Hadleigh is not living up to expectations whilst the Mayor of Gants Hill definitely is. Some people can talk dirty; he simply talks cards for all kinds for all things.
Brian Painter had a client who was a Space Salesman and had an IBS problem which was not helping him discharge his duties or anything else for that matter. I hope our Pilgrim can relieve the pressure.
Allan Moller had been all over the County this week, a door bell job here and a bit of rewiring there.
David Plumley went all technical on us. He explained about density of data but explained how DNA had far greater storage potential. I am not quite sure what the point was but it sounded good.
As to the Oscar, Scott Griffiths was awarding, Ashley Bermange was receiving. Scott was obviously impressed by various T-Shirts that Ashley was flashing. Well done Ashley.
This weeks statistics and points of note
- 28 Members present
- 2 Visitors in attendance
- 32 Referrals
- £53,700.00 business recorded
- Ashley Bermange – Oscar Winner
10-minute presentation by Paul Booth
Paul Booth gave a well structured 10 minute, initially explaining how you can spot a real accountant. The real test is how they handle small talk round the dinner table but don’t let on to him about that. The other part of his presentation related to tax enquiries. Mere mention of this I think made some of us come over all unnecessary. As always, a good presentation from Paul; so get out there and find him referrals.