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A grey dull wet morning could hardly be described as “greeting” 24 Members when they arrived although it did nothing to dampen spirits.
Toby Acton was our guest presenter. Last tme he was caught unawares and made it up as he went. A good job he made of it!
This was rehersed, even to the extent of using the well known Education Slot stooge, Paul Booth. His message was, when at networking meeings and/or meeting somegbody for the first time and you are asked “what you do?” you should veer more on the side of giving more information than just your title. Try to demonstrate stand out value propositions that would represent an effective way of selling yourself. If the exchange between Toby and Paul amounted to food for thought. Indeed this was a rich diet when Paul responded in a way that I bet he can never remember for another occasion.
The 60 Second Round
Marcelle Saad was awarding the Oscar and went first.
John Freeman was talking vynl flooring: it can be stick or click apparently.
Keiran Peaty was pleased wih recent planning outcomes that seemed to focus around side extentions.
Kevin Radford does car and motor insurance, which happened coincidentally to be evidenced in the referrals round by at least 2 Members.
Ford Astbury now gets his paint from IKEA. A new range has been launched by the irritatingly named Swedish Company. Apparently it’s a good range and a slightly different type of paint that is of a quality that he can recomment but which has the advantage of being substantially cheaper than Dulux.
Terry Maylin’s message was a warning; if you find somebody who has had an accident don’t let them go to their own insurance company for their lawyers, recommend Terry’s services whilst David Plumley gave us all a warning not to fall for auto renewal of Domain Names which were in fact different from the one that you own.
Matt Barry almost sang what amounted to an inspirational exposition of how he turns brands into something more, You had a choice of applauding or vomiting. He got a round of applause, more out of astonishment than enything else.
Toby Acton both mentors and trains. He also trains and mentors and the trick of making people realise that they need both a trainer and a mentor. A neat little 60 seconds
Nick Cooke explained how steel beams were becoming his bread and butter. Looks like we are producing our own Iron Man.
The Metropolitan Police have reduced hours for their coppers and Ben Golding is helping a particular officer called Dan supplement his income. It must beat crowd control.
Richard Reed managed to deliver his 60 seconds without mentioning Thomas Cooke whilst emphasising how he produces tailor made packages at no greater cost.
The Mayor of Gants Hill is so well placed with his premises and his shop front that his customers can both touch and feel whilst getting advice on the extent of the product that they should be asking him to produce.
Howard Bullock explained how he was managing a clients portfolio to produce additional income in retirement without touching capital assetts. It looked tricky.
Rather depressingly is the onset of winter and Allan Moller talking about lighting control and dusk to dawn filters. Happily nobody mentioined Christmas.
Marcelle awarded the Oscar to Jill Willis who was explaining how assisting her clients win awards enables them to follow through in later years in promoting their business. Congratulations Jill.
This weeks statistics and points of note
24 Members present
£12,300.00 worth of business recorded
Jill Willis won the Oscar
10-minute presentation by Simon Essex
Simon’s excellent and well structured presentation was, if nothing else, an illustration as to why it is sensible to avoid technology in presentations unless it brings value. He is a confident and clear presenter and gets over to his audience his enthusiasm for what he does. He took us through the process and it was a very good way of informing Members to enable them to know what to look for when they are considering referrals for him.
He even managed to bring monkey brain soup into the presentation altough the monkeys head that was used to hold the soup was apparently plastic. It sounded delicious.
We ended the Meeting without any hint of sunshine but none the less it had been a really well presented Meeting on all fronts.