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25 Members present, some of whom were up with the larks but arrived in the dark, we were then greeted with a bright sunny morning that was in itself as uplifting as the meeting turned out to be.
Vincent Goode, Mayor of Gants Hill was the purveyor of information to us this week. His message related to body language, particularly when we meet new contacts, whether networking or in a sales capacity.
- Maintain eye contact…but don’t stare
- Shake hands ..but only after you have washed them and don’t squeeze too tight (with the hands that is)
- Stand up when you are making an important telephone call even thought the recipient of the call cannot see you and even make sure you are properly dressed for it.
This and many other gems were delivered with the assistance of Paul Booth who did stare, had not washed his hands but did not squeeze the hands too tightly.
The 60 Second Round
Kieran Peaty explained how an awful lot of his contacts were slow burners. A contact back in November 2018 for an extension has just come good.
Tina Walker was next. It was nice to see her back after her two week contact with the National Health system. She looks well despite the pain which she will have to endure until her operation in November. She still wants referrals for all of the usual so please keep her in mind.
Terry Maylin this week has moved into attack mode and has introduced the Sheriff’s Officers to a couple of households; isn’t it nice to see someone enjoying their job.
Brian Painter had a 42 year old stammerer who apparently didn’t stammer when he talked to the dog. It all stemmed from to his mothers high expectations of him as an actor when he was chosen to be in the school play. To be anything other than word perfect would apparently have reflected badly upon her as a teacher. Almost scarred for life Brian had 7 sessions with him and he now barely stammers and another couple should remove the stammer altogether.
Kevin Radford, Bard of Hadleigh, without the assistance of poetic licence reminded everybody that he deals with professional indemnity insurance.
Simon Essex has been dealing with firsts. Last week it was people with first class degrees. This week it was profuse thanks from a mother whose son now has a job thanks to Simon’s involvement.
Vincent Goode was all presentation this week, showing a folder with a fat gusset. You never know what can be useful these days.
David Plumley was reminding us of the assets that businesses have and that he could facilitate an essential asset, to wit all of a business’ data.
John Hammond is currently into patient/nursing call systems for care homes so watch out for him.
Anna Marie was awarding the Oscar and it was Saj Sreedharan who caught her eye with the picture of a Ducati Monster in flowers. I think it is fair to say that his wife won him this week’s accolade.
This weeks statistics and points of note
25 Members present
19 New Referrals
£13,500 worth of business recorded
Saj Sreedharan was the winner of the Oscar.
10-minute presentation by Stuart Smallcombe
Stuart Smallcombe has been doing 10 minute presentations for many years and he is a practiced presenter.
This week was no different. He introduced us all to VOIP, which stands for voice over internet protocol. Telephone via the internet to you all . His initial demonstration of the delivery of telephone systems through cable and via an exchange did create a nostalgic tang to his presentation but the saving of lump sum investment, the flexibility and the mobility of the system would I think have prompted my old granny to say “…what will they think of next!”.
It really was a useful presentation and will help us make referrals.
Synergy Team Report
Paul Booth reported on the Financial/Business to Business Synergy Team Meeting on Tuesday when disaster recovery was discussed in detail by all present. Very useful and helpful and it mirrored Toby Acton’s 60 seconds presentation today although that was sheer coincidence