It was only starting to get light at 7am but at least we did not have to scrape any ice off our windscreens. When the meeting kicked off it was clear that our Education and Development Officer had started his sojourn in a South American country beginning with C. I accordingly had the pleasure of multi-tasking his role.
The Performance League
A new month. Kevin Radford was presented with his certificate for last month and after one week gone Terry Maylin was declared to be out in front.
My first bit of multi-tasking was I introducing Paul Booth. His theme was snakes and ladders. His extended metaphor for the ups and downs of running a business involved taking advantage of the ladders and being stoic when we come to the snakes. His ultimate message is, keep up your spirits and keep rolling the dice. What we must all remember is that snakes and ladders is a board game and not a game for the bored.
The 60 Second Round
In the absence of last week’s Oscar Winner, Mason Edwards, Jill Willis stepped up to the plate and reprised her role of judicator that she discharged so well last week.
Kieran Peaty has his eyes on the winning the RIBA Sterling prize and therefore looking for houses to design. This years winner’s building reduced the utility bills for its social housing inhabitants to £150.00 per annum. The bar seems to be set fairly high.
Richard Reed warned of the risk of going on a cruise ship on its maiden voyage. Prices and expectations are high and the chances of something going wrong is apparently high, like a failure in their sewage disposal systems; it’s enough to make your eyes water!!
Matt Barry is into branding. Branding’s origin is in hot metal designs on the back sides of cows, now there’s a retro suggestion Matt.
Having created an animal theme this leads me into Toby Acton’s theme. He is looking for hamsters, business men who are on the wheel of stress and which he will help them get off. What with Paul Booth and the snakes and ladders sewage disposal systems on a cruise liner going wrong and Matt Barry’s branding, by this time we had been treated to a rich array of imagery. It continued with Terry Marylin’s offering, he managed this week to produce a letter of claim to various debtors that worked like a laxative. It all seemed to be reverting to the late lamented School of Whimsey.
Simon Essex brought us back down to earth by describing how he had schooled a candidate so well that he got the job he was applying for the whole thing was put into context when the candidate’s profuse thanks were somewhat tempered by said candidate addressing him as “Steve” and so Simon became Steve for the meeting, and indeed might continue to be called Steve in future meetings. Watch this space.
John Freeman told of winning the heart of a client by making sure that he properly prepared the wall before painting and not painting it over the existing wall paper. If refusing to paper over the cracks produces such adulation what about the appropriately named Brian Painter’s lady who was terrified of dogs. It all stemmed from an incident involving ice-cream when she was a 4 year old. A dog grabbed it and instilled the fear. Brian has high hopes that she will be a dog owner in a couple of weeks.
It was Ben Golding who finally mentioned Christmas….. cards and gifts the cost of which all can be mitigated by Utility Warehouse and their cash back schemes.
Tina Walker stuck up a drawing of cogs on one of the windows illustrating how she can help overworked business owners.
Scott Griffiths has been helping promote an ice cream vendor. With the name of Piccadilly Whip I kept to myself the likely connections with the porn industry but unfortunately Howard Bullock blew the impact of this by mentioning it in the referrals round. Howard Bullock however was not to be denied! His 60 seconds talking about a lady who had worked all hours developing her kennel business which she finally sold for a million. He managed to persuade her to think about taking the benefits herself ahead of the demands of her children and for such he was rewarded with the Oscar. If you come across children putting the bank of mum and dad under pressure for money, send them to Howard.
Other 60 second offerings gave us interesting insights; the first insight was from Ford Asprey. When carrying out building work on properties that have restricted parking he frequently incurs substantial thanks to the local traffic wardens. He is now making it as part of his contracts that any such fines are payable by the building owner as part of the cost of his carrying out the work… seemed sensible to all of us.
Paul Booth continued with an historical insight by explaining how 15 to 20 years ago his clients brought their documentation in a carrier bag to him so that he could prepare their accounts. This moved to box files and now its software. He still gets the paperwork occasionally in a plastic bag but he simply scans the documentation and then lets his software go to work. They don’t know they’ve been born…
Saj Sreedharan was revelatory over the upcoming Halloween celebrations, pumpkins with flowers in them, What will they think of next!!
An interesting and informative round.
This weeks statistics and points of note
25 Members present
1 Visitor in attendance
£10,000.00 worth of business written
Howard Bullock Oscar Winner
10-minute presentation by Mike Rogers
It was Mike Rogers at his sardonic best with a mesmerising array of statistics demonstrating why he will save his clients and consequently the country millions; it will all lead to a knighthood initially thereafter his elevation to the House of Lords. Apparently its all to do with insurance companies and their borrowers all being cuddly. Possibly his best.
Great meeting even though I was picked on by the trades.
Great presentation from Lord Mike Rogers MBE.
Also thank you Paul Booth for the game of snakes and ladders, great Ed slot.
Well done Howard Bullock on winning the Oscar.
Congratulations Kevin Radford on winning the performance league but I think the Rottweiler aka Terry Maylin is on your tail.
Have a great week and see you all next week.
Great meeting . A fabulous 10 minutes by Mike Rogers amazing how easy you could save money. NOT sure about Simon’s jumper the zigzag lines made me feel a bit sick every time he moved good job he was sat down most of the time
It was so nice to hear Insurers described as cuddly . I suspect Terry may not agree. Well done Aidan for another excellent recounting of an enjoyable meeting. Mike was in fine form and Howards operation of the flip chart , something beyond words.
Mike great 10 minutes and you didn’t even moan LOL. As always a great meeting too. See you all next week.
Hi, ( I have been called worse ) I will now be formally known as Steve, the bad jumper wearer. Have a great weekend everyone, really enjoyed the meeting, and Mike’s presentation was excellent.
just thinking of the commission Mike!
A woman came into the shop this morning who looked just like Saj. She is a florist. There, I’ve said it.
Well done to Steve Essex, I’m confident you will be called worse if you wear that jumper again.
I really enjoyed Mike’s presentation, he gives the impression he knows his stuff. Even if he doesn’t, it was still an entertaining and informative rant. The meeting was followed by a very worthwhile 1-2-1 with the estate agent.
Great low tech presentation Mike- who needs a fancy slide show when you have a flip chart? A lively and entertaining 6o second round and plenty of referrals, whats not to like ( apart from Steve’s jumper)?
Fantastic meeting! Brilliant education slot from Paul and such a good 10 minute presentation from Lord Rogers!
Looking forward to seeing you all next week 😀
Fantastic meeting! Brilliant education slot from Paul!
Such a great 10 minute presentation from Lord Rogers!
Looking forward to seeing you all next week 😀
so good you had to say it twice.
Fascinating 10 minute presentation Mike, thank you.
Brilliant meeting as always folks
Old board games are worth a few bob. I gave “Escape from Colditz” to charity and a few weeks later I heard it was worth £30. Good ed slot, Paul. Well done to the Bard on his runaway victory and also to Howard for looking after old ladies. Another entertaining blog and an enjoyable meeting. In 90 minutes it will be cocktail o’clock. Have a good weekend, y’hear?
Well done to all the winners. Good ed slot,Paul and an entertaining blog.
Great 10 minutes Sir Mike and thanks Toby for the tomatoes, not sure about the hash browns though, always look undercooked in my eyes, brilliant meeting, have a great weekend all!
Great Ed Slot from Paul and one of the best 10mts to date, excellent meeting.
well done Mike.
Well done Mike – great presentation as always. Good meeting.
Great meeting with a memorable ed slot from Paul and I am looking for the first of Mike’s 4 million people so that he can be elevated to a peerage. See y’all next week!
Great meeting. Mike Rogers’ 10 mins was absolutely excellent.
I will be looking out for opportunities to recommend him!