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In my introduction I frequently comment on the weather and I see no reason to change this habit given how glorious the weather is which makes the lockdown more than bearable. The increasing amount of sunshine is something of a metaphor for the way our businesses seem to be improving as we slowly emerge from our enforced hibernation. We were 23 in number and started on time.
A Nick Cooke special if ever there was one; he reflected on his inability at times to remember people’s names. Great on faces apparently! Various suggestions, all of which largely amounted to concentrating harder when we are introduced, the most dangerous of which seems to me to be word associations. Your examples of potentially disastrous word associations in the comments, please! Not only an interesting opening but it gave us all the opportunity of forgetting Nick’s name whenever he was referred to thereafter.
The 60 Second Round
Matt Barry, as the current Oscar holder, led the way. Apparently it’s 100 days since lockdown, he demonstrated Infographics to celebrate this milestone and they looked good.
Tina Walker was suffering from sleep deprivation but managed to look reasonably lively.
The message that was repeatedly delivered in succeeding presentations was an optimistic expression of improvement and being busy. Kieran Peaty seemed run off his feet. Simon Essex is looking forward to his first placement on his return from furlough and Stuart Smallcombe seems to be introducing VOIP to the world……and it didn’t end there.
Brian Painter will have to travel to Northern Ireland if he wants face to face meetings with his clients.
Ben Golding produced the quote of the week. “I am a product of my own product.” Does this mean that he is a man borne of Utility or born in a Warehouse.
John Hammond continues to thrive this time pointing out the dangers of automatic doors whilst Colin O’Connor is trying to divert us all from the perils of Coronavirus by telling us of risk assessment he is currently carrying out in relation to Legionella. This is something else that can kill you.
Vincent Goode warned us all of an acrylic shortage. He is using something else but it all looked great from the slides he produced.
Most of Terry Maylin’s time is taken up by his office move to Wickford effective from 1st July 2020. Watch this space.
The opening up of our society is good news for Mason Edwards, restaurants and pubs about to open that will need a deep clean and Sarah Bell with an anticipated opening of schools in the Autumn she is looking for bookings for her services which will be particularly for schools out of Essex.
Scott Griffiths is looking to open up his home office. He seemed on his best behaviour today. I wonder why…?
The winner of the Oscar this week was Howard Bullock who, to his own financial detriment, was trying to persuade a client from converting his pension into rented property. He is going to continue to keep at it.
Meeting Secretaries Report
Scott Griffiths used this opportunity to remind us all of the virtual forms for recording activity and whilst we were there added on an option to record attendance at social activities.
10-minute presentation by Dean Caldon
Despite being run off his feet and declaring that he was looking at a Q & A, he in fact produced a very good presentation and then took several questions that were very useful to all of us.
Referrals and Testimonials
There seems to have been plenty of activity this week reflected in this round. We were all wrapped up by 9 am