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Snow had been forecast and ultimately the weather did not disappoint. Snow was falling when we left the meeting. In between the rain and the snow however we had a very good networking meeting. Following our last weeks anniversary meeting we had something else to celebrate. Allan Moller had between the two meetings passed the age of 50.
It was our Education and Development Officer himself who delivered. His subject was the 10 minute presentation in which he emphasised; the importance of structure within the presentation, his suggestions for content and ultimately that the timing involves 8 minutes presentation and 2 minutes questions. We should all remember this, that the only way in which you get your timing right, is to prepare properly with a proper structure.
The 60 Second Round
All contributors appear to be looking forward to the new EBF year, some were reflective, others keen to share the good reviews they had over the year and others even contemplated the effect of the Coronavirus.
Marcelle Saad explained about hallmarking.
Terry Maylin is looking for clients with commercial disputes.
Matt Barry came back after 2 weeks absence as the recipient of awards last week. He limited himself to thanks to the group in general and in particular those who voted for him.
Toby Action asked us who we wanted to get into bed with, but of course was talking metaphorically.
Mason Edwards was almost contrite; this year he was going to update his staff fully, deal with them better generally and maintain his happy ship.
Others were contemplating death. Saj Sreedharan had received an order for dead flowers to be sent to a client’s girlfriend who was apparently cheating on him. Vincent Goode was bigging up his funeral booklets and Simon Essex interviewed someone who was clearly contemplating their death as they did the whole interview wearing a mask.
Brian Painter will be doing a quick session with a lady who is about to have an injection and has a phobia about it; he hopes he can at least do an interim job for her particular needle event that will happen today.
Last week’s birthday boy now wants to stop polishing turds. Because of his expertise in this field he has recently received several such polishing commissions and is now looking to something a little less difficult.
Scott Griffiths was explaining all about Google alerts. However good they are you can be contacted about your potential demise if you are mixed up with someone who has the same name as you… I told you there was a lot of death and doom about in the presentations.
Stuart Smallcombe adopted a novel approach to the awarding of the Oscar. The person with the presentation that was closest to 60 seconds was to be the winner irrespective of content. Actually Paul Booth’s content was okay anyway. He is looking for welding companies or something like that, anyway he was almost spot on with his 60 seconds and was accordingly the Winner.
The only way to describe the round was rather strange and I am looking forward to next week’s more in hope than expectation.
This weeks statistics and points of note
23 Members present.
35 Referrals passed.
£15,300.00 worth of business recorded
Oscar Winner Paul Booth.
10-minute presentation by Paul Dulieu
Paul Dulieu gave his maiden presentation in which he produced the interesting revelation that he is known to his mother as “Fred”.
He then carefully presented, with the aid of a slide show, his business history to date and the type of work that he does. It gave us all an insight into both him and his business that will prove to be an excellent introduction for us all to build on as we get to know him better.
The Meeting was closed and we all set off in the snow.