With the spectre of half term hanging over our heads it was a creditable 17 members turned up to watch the sun rise over Brentwood.
It was David Plumley himself who delivered the Ed Slot. He started off with a Latin epithet which he duly translated into “to err is human”. This should have made us all realise what his theme was going to be… but it didn’t. He chose to address us on the etiquette of the 60 second round in a series of dos and don’ts. They were sort of in the following order.
- Look the members in the eye when delivering.
- Don’t pass round samples.
- Don’t check mobile phones.
- Make notes of what you are going to say ahead of time.
- For the members, concentrate on the speaker and what he or she is saying.
Statements of the “bleedin obvious” are useful for the Ed Slot because frequently there are people doing what he suggested should not be done and not doing what he described as a positive do.
The 60 Second Round
Following the Ed Slot there was a lot of looking in the eye, concentrating on the speaker; no passing of samples and no apparent checking on mobile phones.
Marcelle kicked us off with her theme of revamping and repairing. She warned us to watch out for broken claws (sic).
Mike Rogers declared himself a trendsetter exemplified by his dress sense even at the age of 14, black trousers with red stitching. This approach to sartorial elegance has apparently manifested itself in his performance as a mortgage broker. Beware the red stitching!!!
Jo Eastwood altered the joke of a “blind fitter” to a “blind taster”. It’s the bottle that has the blind fold apparently.
The Bard of Hadleigh treated us to a Jack and Gill rhyme about directors potential liability where companies breach Health and Safety. Not only did he set down a marker on poetic references, he even inspired Tina Walker to a “Roses are Red” rhyme. If anyone other than Tina can remember it please add it to your comments, it will be a check on whether we all continued to observe the etiquette of the 60 seconds as advocated by Mr Plumley.
The two members of the School of Whimsy present tantalised us. Alan Shaw has been out in the cold rain again and was bemoaning his fate, whilst Brian Painter told of being beset by a five year old who doesn’t eat. This undersized monster at least new that monsters ate brains. We are all looking forward to the next episode.
John Freeman has fitted three bathroom toilets this week In the absence of a plumber within the group. Although he is not “gas safe” he paraded his experience and availability for plumbing jobs.
John Hammond talked high definition cameras and Scott the importance of keeping your website up to date given the new Data Protection Rules. He can tweak websites, £75.00 to us members and £100.00 to the hoi polloi.
Scott Griffiths and John Freeman are to be congratulated on making the most of opportunities.
Alan Shaw kept us all on tenterhooks whilst he considered and made the award. The unkind observer would point to the fact that his awarding me the Oscar was because mine was the last 60 second presentation and was the only one he could remember; but I think that’s unfair, if nobody else does.
The Meeting Secretary’s report dealt with next week’s annual review. So there was a questionnaire for everybody to fill in to select the best 60 seconds, the best 10 minutes and the best Member of the year. He also sought the member’s speculations upon the number of referrals passed during this past year. This and The referrals and testimonials round finished off an excellent meeting.
Let’s have a really good turnout for our Annual Review next week.