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Phew what a scorcher!!! Even at 6am it was warm. All doors and windows opened giving a pleasant through draft that help provide a meeting that was very pleasant not only in temperature but in the temperament of the Members.
Extreme temperatures led to extreme measures being taken by certain members; 7 Members chose to shorts of various shapes sizes and colours. The winner was Saj Sreedharan, sporting an exceedingly floral and business aware pair nicely set off by the flip flops.
The apologies for absence largely focused around holidays or holiday things being done with the kids.
This was a David Plumley Special; he put in reverse order all of the things we shouldn’t being doing at an EBF Meeting. His circumstantial double negatives left my brain reeling. From all of the points he made, the one thing that stuck in my mind was the invocation to all businesses, when advertising their wares, is to “sell the sizzle; not the sausage”
The 60 Second Round
In the absence of the Oscar winner Jill Willis, Stuart Smallcombe did the honours. He was therefore first up and confirmed that they were very busy and that he was about to go on holiday. We should, in his absence, get hold of Brett Smallcombe but I suspect that given how busy they are a judicious use of this facility would probably be appreciated.
I will not mention Mike Rogers contribution as he had far too much exposure last week.
Toby Acton categorised business owners as follows:-
- No vision
- Got vision but not how to implement
- Got both but need to be kept on the straight and narrow
He is happy to deal with any one of these categories and if you feel you do not fit into any of these you are welcome in commenting on this Blog to indicate a category you do fall into.
John Freeman declared himself as falling into the category of hot and sweaty in the present conditions decorating my son’s hallway. It’s nice to see he can lose weight at work at the same time as doing an excellent job.
Richard Reed was advancing his tailor made itineraries but also does have a special offer if you want to leave this Saturday, a half price deal at a Greek Island. If you are so foot loose and fancy free contact Richard for the details.
If John Freeman was hot(not in the nice way), spare a thought for Allan Moller who, on what will probably be the hottest day on record is working in a conservatory. People in glass houses shouldn’t…
Ben Golding produced piggy number 1. Despite his reassurance I think piggy number 2 might be bacon and port chops.
Kevin Radford was talking about jewellery and urging everyone to check their insurance valuations. Any valuations that were made between 2015 and 2018 will probably have to be uplifted. Who can we get to do that…Marcelle Saad of course and it was happy coincidence that she was next up. She however rested on the laurels of Kevin’s recommendation and talked about her visit to Venice and a glass necklace which she produced but did not put round her neck.
Ford Asprey produced a very sensible 60 seconds, given the heat that was preventing some of us from doing so. His theme was availability and he explained how he worked in blocks of 12 to 16 weeks in planning his work and emphasised that he is not therefore instantly available. We shouldn’t expect instant availability except in the cases of dire emergency and what he stated probably applies to a lot of us in trying to manage our businesses.
Ashley Bermange has chosen the school holidays to indicate that he is looking for schools of all types for his products. To be fair, it wasn’t just schools for kiddie winks learning in term time but all types of schools and clubs.
Brian Painter continued with the thumb sucking client who he is still working upon… watch this space.
Saj Sreedharan made reference to the purpose for which bouquets were being ordered. This included pupils for their teachers. Where has the traditional apple gone!!
John Hammond is sweating it out at the Harlow Play House. I know someone who lectures at Harlow College. I wondered whether this were one and the same place.
This weeks statistics and points of note
21 Members present
18 Referrals given
£17,600.00 worth of business recorded
Oscar Winner Marcelle Saad
10-minute presentation by Nick Cooke
He enlisted the assistance of Kevin Radford. They posed as a couple of old geezers sitting on Deck Chairs and Nick produced a script that enabled him to bring out all of the facets of his business. It was as much the gear that was a matter of interest to Members as the content. Nick wore a slightly battered straw hat and pink shorts and Kevin Radford wore a cap and rolled up his trouser legs to the knees. It all seemed appropriate for a hot sunny day. It was a case of sun beams and steel beams. Well presented by the two of them. Nick often comes up with something a bit different. Thanks for a great performance Nick, lets go out and try and find him some referrals.