Now that wasn’t a bad meeting was it? Pretty good I would say. Brian Painter our resident hypnotherapist was in charge of the meeting whilst our usual chairman Aidan Squire was elsewhere on this occasion. Now let me see. We had 19 members and one guest.
To kick things off, Scott informed us of this week’s winners of the Performance League. Paul Booth our accountant was the outright winner. No changes there. And hot on its tail (not Paul’s) was the Education Slot delivered by Brian Painter with a number of ways of increasing the membership of our group. Brian was ably assisted by Scott Griffiths and Paul Booth, who each described a number of other means of attracting new members to the group.
As always, our individual presentations during the 60 second round were a pretty mixed bag, mostly very good. We were all reminded of the respective services that we offer and in particular the type of work we were looking for.
Whilst everyone deserves a quick mention, it’s not possible to do so. However, there were several notable ones. Cathy Neat of the Willow Centre, a venue for hiring meeting rooms, advised us that everybody’s business cards were now on display in her reception area. Scott Griffiths our web guy made the point that it was important that we all took advantage of a free business listing with Google because that can only be good for our respective businesses. Richard Read of Prestige Holidays & Travel drew our attention to a couple of brilliant breaks in New Zealand and Costa Rica over the Christmas period. They were both remarkable value.
All the 60 seconds were delivered with an agreeable mix of clear speaking, humour, repartee and on occasions wit. But it was Sarina Armond of Upminster Kitchens & Bedrooms who won the Oscar for her performance. Serena shared the news that not only could her company provide superb quality kitchen and bedroom furniture, she can also supply Siemens apps to enable the busy home owner to see what is in the fridge whilst out shopping and even get the dishwasher to start and stop remotely.
Our 10 minute presentation was delivered by Howard Bullock our financial adviser. It was all about pensions and why on earth do we want one. Well of course we all need a pension and Howard explained very clearly why that is the case. Howard described the various types of pension that were available and how best to go about getting the one most suited to our individual requirements. A number of questions were raised following his presentation all of which Howard dealt with confidently and clearly.
The business referral round went very well as usual with plenty of good business being passed between the respective members of the group. The subsequent Referral Reality Check which reviews the previous week’s referrals demonstrated quite clearly that the system was working very well indeed.
Once again, we had an excellent meeting. The business flowed in the right direction and we all had a good time. The breakfast wasn’t bad either. It always is. Not bad that is.
As always, happy networking to you all.
This blog post was guest-written by our member Nick Cooke from Nick Cooke & Associates.