We finally hit 30. 29 Members were in attendance with 1 Visitor. Everybody managed to squeeze round after a table had been added at the Naughty Corner end. This resulted in Marcelle Saad becoming the newest recruit to said corner. The upshot is that she will either become Naughty or they will temper their behaviour. Your views on how this will pan out would be welcome.
The Performance League
Scott Griffiths is a fairly robust character but did I detect a note of embarrassment and mumbling when he delivered the current standings in the Performance League. Yes, you’ve got it, he is in the lead. I feel I can vouch for his scrupulous honesty in the collation of the figures. I cannot do the same for all other Members in obtaining referrals and other things that score points in the League. We need to up our games so that Scott scores the same points but doesn’t win.
Davis Plumley’s theme was the 60-second presentation and the need to be specific. Specific is the type of work, specific as to the skills that we bring, specific as to the type of clients we are looking for and the areas of the world, or even Essex, that we work in. A particular company or an individual is perhaps a counsel of perfection but should be aimed for. His call to arms was that we should not be woolly. This was misheard by some as making sure you are not fluffy. Which ever it was a good message.
The 60 Second Round
Marcelle Saad explained the recent technology for dealing with overseas clients, drawings and pictures easily transmitted gives her potentially a huge audience. We should bear this in mind.
She was followed by Mike Rogers who hereinafter should be referred to as Retro Rogers. We were not surprised to hear him dissing the value of technological advances. A landline and a pencil represent heaven to him.
The ultimate in discretion was Matt Barry, who was very excited by a new product but was not able to tell us what it is… yet. Great on confidentially but not too good on message!
Mason Edwards is striving for Eco Friendliness in his business. It was comforting to learn that until he can adapt his business he is not going to shy away from “proper cleaning”.
Terry Maylin’s presentation explained that chasing commercial debts can currently create 8.75% per annum interest together with compensation on top of the amount owed. Provided he can collect the money for you, you would be investing wisely if your debt isn’t being paid.
The Bard of Hadleigh was all fluffy and he plagiarised mercilessly my client Lewis Rolls. It meant that we both had a 60-second presentation that involved our ubiquitous hero and befitting his status as Bard of Hadleigh, Kevin Radford’s presentation was poetic. Mine was more illustrative but both fulfilled the desire amongst us British for lavatorial humour. Kevin’s poem, of course, won the day and the Oscar. I must declare that I am not bitter in any way about this turn of events.
Part of Kevin Radford’s theme was that he did not charge a fee for his services. This was followed up by Richard Reed who emphasised the same thing.
Ben Golding urges us to get people to put “all of their eggs in one basket”. The benefits far outweigh any detriment, as well as being complementary with the Pig (bacon and eggs).
Stuart Smallcombe was taking dirty, namely that his company did the dirty part of the business of providing IT In effective and practical ways. The implication is that David Plumley keeps his hands clean and nothing in his presentation made us think otherwise.
Asbestos Ellen (Beckenham) is very busy at the moment. An interesting fact is that white marble from South Africa contains asbestos. A marble kitchen surface in this material means that you cannot drop food on it and then apply the 10-second rule.
If Mike Rogers was retro the Mayor of Gants Hill one step further by also emphasising the ongoing demand for ink on paper. “Tactility” is the word of the day.
Nick Cooke talked about stress and strain and then explained how one impacted on the other.
Different ways to sell yourself came from Ashley Bermange with clothing of various sorts with company logos.
Jill Willis wants people to come to her PR School that will be taking place at Barleylands. This, Jill, is an opportunity to comment to this Blog by giving details of where and when.
Brian Painter did not disappoint this week. Carbon monoxide, acetone and tar are all things we try and avoid in every day life, but all of these a smoker can take in one go plus other poisons. Today’s smoker can be compared with a Gladiator of Roman times. Only a 50% survival rate
Suddenly we heard from 30 people and the 60 second round was over.
This weeks statistics and points of note
23 Members present
1 Visitor in attendance
£23,093.00 of business recorded
Oscar Winner Kevin Radford
10-minute presentation by Kieron Peaty
A relatively new Member gave us a good basic 10-minute session. He gave us an insight as to who he was, how he got there and what he can do. It was certainly a presentation that gave Members confidence going forward in referring him with a free initial consultation by way of effecting referrals. Excellent Job!!!