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.
Paul Dulieu has lots of projects and Dean Caldon is shifting houses as if they were going out of fashion.
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 Freeman displayed a backdrop of clear blue sky as he continued to pitch for home offices and Richard Reed, probably the worst hit of all of us, is observing green shoots.
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
ok – I’ll start of the names… if it helps, I’m referred to as dotScott by many already, and this is a good aide memoir. email@example.com will get to me!
I also have Matt saved in my phone and Skype account as “Matt Laminate”. That has stuck with me now forever!
So good to hear all the positive progress people are making as we start to come out of lockdown
Lovely to see you all and, yet again a great meeting. On the name front, I once had a meeting with a salesman who, despite giving him my business card at the outset, insisted on calling me Phil. That said, my parents have always called me Fred, so I’m not previous about names! Have a good week every one. All the best, Tarquin.
As you know very well, I’ve always known you, for the last 30 years, as “Lacky”. I think that the first time I actually called you Paul was only a year or so ago!
Haha yes, very true. There are many in Scouting circles who don’t actually know my name is Paul!
Although I was very sleepy – great 10 minutes Dean see you all next week. Have a fab weekend stay safe
Meeting well up to standard and a good way to spend 90 minutes or so on a Thursday morning. Well done Howard (trust me I’m a financial advisor) Bullock for your Oscar winning performance! Interesting presentation from Dean.
My nickname at school was Dauber. I find picture association is the best way to remember names. for Dean I see a vicar above his head, Ben Ben a small Bill and a large Ben in flower pots, Scott a blizzard, Paul the Pearly Gates. You may think it’s easier just to remember names, not so. The more dramatic the image the easier the name comes to mind. Try it.
Well done Dean nice relaxed but very effective 10 minutes and its always good to hear what the market is doing. Great turnout is continuing although i missed the Bard of Prittlewell Alan Moller and look forward to his witty banter next week.
Excellent Ed slot from Steve and a great 10 minute from the estate agent fella, you know….him….whats-is-name.
Alan Shaw had the right idea, just referred to everyone as “My Friend”
Well done all concerned. Neil’s ed slot was very memorable and the estate agent showed what a proficient presenter he is Just a message to those of us who are not able to provide services currently. I’m sure you will bounce back when this s**t is over. Have a sunny weekend folks
Sorry for missing the meeting this week and your 10 minute presentation Dean, I’ll be back next week without fail. Glad to hear Richard is starting to get a few enquiries, great news, now wheres them promotional posts on social media so we can all get sharing and hopefully bring in more work for you!, have a great weekend all!
A meeting that was up to our usual high standard is always a good way to start the day and with so many positives amongst us this week.
Well done to Nicklemas for the ed slot and to Deano for a simple, informative and clear presentation.
I’m known as Reedy to most and Rocky to some.
Great meeting good to hear that business is picking up for everyone and for those it has not yet I will try and get so referrals for you . Great education slot Nick . I will try some of your ideas as I am useless at remembering names. Nice hear about your business Dean and that the market is picking up lets all hope it says that way as the house market is a good indicator for all our business . See you all next week
An excellent meeting as usual. And always good to hear everyone’s 60 seconds and a first class 10 minute presentation from Dean. And it was good of course to see a fair bit of business being passed around.