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Another beautiful sunny morning. Another 21 turned up; 20 members and one guest. Another meeting combining the 60 second and referral rounds . With the dire consequences of going over 90 seconds ringing in our ears we embarked.
This was pure nostalgia to smooth the tormented minds of members in lockdown suffering withdrawal symptoms from Calcott Hall Farm. Vincent Goode showed a series of slides illustrating various aspects of “the real meeting”, it also gave our new members who joined during lockdown and our guest a flavour of what we are really about. Thanks, Vincent.
Terry Maylin delivered an upbeat message on 3 fronts:
The 60 Second Round
Another upbeat round. Dean Caldon was judging the Oscar award this week and he had lots to choose from.
Kieran Peaty is going 3D and Virtual to deal with the concept stage of his process.
Paul Dulieu was sporting a seriously patterned shirt which wins him this week’s award for sartorial elegance. He is also celebrating throwing off the shackles of any office-based constraints by working from various locations including a beach hut and a garden.
Toby Acton is selling light bulb moments to his disciples. He continues to strive to get his charges to have that “road to Damascus moment”. Also known as “Deep Dive Moments”. No low hanging fruit for him.
Howard Bullock maintained his cult status as the Naughty Corner’s bad boy by having the distinction of being the only member “belled out” for going over the time limit……although I suspect he was not the only one.
Sarah Steel brought comfort to those getting on a bit by stating that “you are not old until you reach 82”. She was followed by Brian Painter (Freudian or what!) who achieved the notable distinction of getting a little girl to go willingly into a dentist chair.
Stiff upper lip of the day went to Richard Reed although he was grinding his teeth in frustration at the broad-brush approach of the government over Spanish quarantine.
The Mayor of Gants Hill introduced us to the Gerund, a little furry adjective ending in “ing”. Word of warning, you can only use this creature providing there is a genitive before it. Vincent cannot be accused of not putting effort for his presentations.
Terry Maylin informed us that the restrictions on costs in personal injury claims have enabled the insurance industry to reduce the value of claims by 21%. The message is clear, use a solicitor!!! It is essential if you are hoping to get proper compensation from a personal injury claim.
The Oscar went to John Hammond if or no other reason than he had been called to an emergency yesterday and did not get into bed until 1 am. He did look tired, no he looked knackered. I suspect Nick Cooke probably looked somewhat similar having cried off today’s meeting following overzealous birthday celebrations. Belated Happy Birthday.
This weeks statistics and points of note
£42,000 worth of business recorded so far this month but it was the 72 referrals that were the really good news and bode well for the coming months.
10-minute presentation by Sarah Bell
As befitting a new member Sarah gave us an illustrated journey of her career today courtesy of Lady Bird Books. She also clarified exactly the sort of referrals that would work for her. Statistic of the week; it is estimated that 1 in 64 children are autistic.
Great meeting, I want more next week.