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Our Valentines Day meeting had a 60 second round suitably themed and it contained both lovers joy and lovers lament.
Lamentably we all had to scrape the ice off our windscreens before heading off for the meeting and towards the end of the meeting the sun shone into some of our eyes; the joy is that it was a beautiful morning and there was a good turnout, 26 members and one visitor. Ellen Beckenham produced probably the best excuse of the year, “broken wrist and could not drive car”.
The Performance League
Scott Griffiths was the winner last month and received his certificate. He is currently in the lead after one week of this month. We must all try harder!!!
One of our newer members also had a revelation this week after figuring out that the order in which members appear on the members page is related to the points scored in last months performance league. Suddenly, he realised, there is a point to it all!!!
A David Plumley Special with both extended metaphor and oxymoron all in one presentation. His theme was a “Bird in the hand…” and he applied this as to how we should deal with our existing clients/customers.
The checklist included making sure we looked after our existing clients/customers properly, that we maintain good communication and a willingness to add the odd “extra” to our service or product to keep them appreciating you. He did not extend the metaphor to Valentines keeping each other happy on a bird in the hand basis.
New Members Induction
Ashley Bermange is now a fully fledged member and was duly inducted. Welcome Ashley.
The 60 Second Round
It was Saj Sreedharan’s busy day. He produced 5 different flower orders and after delivering his 60 seconds dashed off to what looked like a horrendous but hopefully profitable day in prospect.
John Freeman produced a poem that stretched the limited of rhyme and cadence.
Simon Essex was also explaining about the variety of his clients. He likened them all to Marmite, some were good some were bad you either liked them or hated them. Howard Bullock was on a similar theme, his favourite days are when he doesn’t have any clients. He then went on a Mike Rogers like rant about how life would be a lot better he if had no clients to be bothered by.. Infact, the real Mike Rogers was with us and had his own rant about cyclists holding people up on main roads. He did remember that he was a mortgage broker and told us so but only at the end.
Howard Bullock, therefore, need not have been concerned about adopting the Rogers approach but this did not dissuade him and as the Naughty Corner were in charge of awarding the Oscar he duly won it.
Brian Painter was all initialisms. He talked OCD but was particularly concerned about SBF. We might know the former but if you don’t know the latter it is Stupid Boy Forgetfulness.
Best specific request for potential clients came from Paul Booth. Apparently, KPMG is shutting down part of their small business operation. He would like to step into the gap left.
Synergy Team Report
Paul Booth reported on this weeks Business to Business meeting which was both well attended, enjoyable and useful to the 7 attendees
This weeks statistics and points of note
- 26 Members present
- 1 visitor present
- 33 Referrals made
- £10,500.00 business recorded
- Oscar Winner, Howard Bullock
10-minute presentation by Stuart Smallcombe
He taught us all about the internet, Broadband, copper and fibre connections.
The triumph was that we all appeared to understand it. It followed that we are talking to a potential customer for him we are equipped to discuss the possible problems regarding internet and broadband. Useful for us and useful for him.
Referrals and testimonials
A great round because of the number of referrals.
Next week is our annual piece of navel gazing. This has been an interesting year to look back on.