Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 18th December 2014
Such is the enthusiasm for “The Brian Painter Experience” that 9 of us were waiting at the door to be let in at 6.30am.
The best turn out for many months. 25 members in all and all bearing gifts. This was of course Secret Santa’s day and the presents were duly displayed at the back of the room. Most had the recipient’s name and some even had the donor’s name which took away the secret part of it…..never mind!
Apart from the absence of the Ed Slot it was business as usual up to breakfast time.
In reporting on the 60 second round frequently I struggle for a theme but it was dead easy this week. There was hardly a member who did not thank other members for referrals during the year, wished everybody else a Merry Christmas and then looked forward to the New Year. Not only is it the season of goodwill but goodwill abounded…which is how it should be but it really was boring!!!, very little was said about our businesses or what type of referral we were looking for. Truth be told, nobody was really looking for referrals this week.
I therefore will simply draw your attention to one or two items of note which are not necessarily anything to do with projecting our businesses.
Gary Waskett said all was quiet on the insolvency front and that they were concentrating on solvency.
From a sartorial point of view Graham Wright sported a dark crombie overcoat that made him look like a solicitor or an undertaker. He once again advertised his “small moves”. Howard Bullock sported a different pair of shorts, very colourful, not that fetching, but largely through his efforts in excess of £600.00 has been raised for Cancer Research – great effort Howard. As if to applaud you even the weather held off being too vicious. Keeping to the sartorial theme, Terry Maylin sported a Christmas pully with all flashing lights and Paul Booth had his customary pullover exhibiting sexually deviant reindeer. Red noses had nothing to do with what was being practiced. We got no prices from Richard Read for holidays but he did recommend Madeira if for no other reason than there are either no or, very short queues at the tees (he was talking golf for the uninitiated)
Neal Lewer was “on message” telling of his customised units.
Brian Painter stood on a chair at the end of the room with Paul Booth. They has short dialogue revealing the acronym TBS means Toy Boy Syndrome. Presumably this is a short description of the greatest of all toy boys, Santa. Marcus Brown did have a shot at listing the sort of referrals he was looking for, companies with more than 8 employees or schools. He seems to be taking over where Ofsted has left off in cleaning schools up. His current victim is a school in Seven Kings. Keep your eyes open for failing schools.
If you are by now feeling bored with my description of what occurred in the 60 second round, is because it only reflects on many of the offerings. I was charged with awarding the Oscar and Terry Maylin got close with his explanation as to why in litigation you should always appoint a solicitor and he illustrated this with reference to a mediation that had recently taken place. Because I heartily approve of the message he was close to winning the Oscar but, fearing accusation of nepotism, I plumped for Alex Pink who looked totally bewildered, did a passable imitation of Uriah Heap in offering his thanks for member’s referrals and the fact that they had been nice to him over the year. The end of his message however was that if anybody wants to know more about his video business without committing themselves to any cost they should be encouraged to have a chat with him. Obsequy often prevails.
Perhaps the whole problem was that we were all so anticipating Brian Painter that we really just wanted to get to breakfast. However the meeting Secretaries Report revealed £15,835 worth of business written this week which is well on target. Well done everyone.
Following breakfast the eagerly awaited Brian Painter extravaganza began. An introduction of several one liners led us into the much awaited quiz. As usual it managed to be the subject of slight raucous objection but these were not so much objections to the answers but objections to the questions once the answers were known. It lived up to all of our expectations and it was almost 8.40 before we started the referrals round, I felt in deference to Brian Painters age and the effort that had been put in thus far that someone else was chosen to do the running, and who better than the man in shorts.
And so there drew to an end our last meeting of the year with the Christmas Dinner on Friday at Prezzo’s the last act of our group before the New Year.
As we have reached the last meeting of the year one or two points to note:
1. Over recent months attendance has been good and this must be maintained in the New Year.
2. Meetings have been lively and good humoured which is always an attraction to the visitors.
3. Recruitment remains important and the job of each one of us to get out there and find visitors to convert into members.This will be one of the things we will be tackle early in the New Year.
Finally as homage to Brian Painter. “enjoy the Christmas Festivities insuring that you all get well stuffed”.
Until next year.
Well done Brian on the quiz but i’m not sure about some of your answers!! Excellent meeting and thanks for my mug whoever gave it to me endorsed with the logo ” Lawyer because Bad Ass is not a job title” !!
see you all next year!
Well done Brian, you put a lot of effort into that. I can’t believe I got 12 right in the end after getting the first 5 wrong. Well done Alan Moller for winning too. Merry Christmas everybody and have a happy new year, see you in Jan!
Brilliant work Brian (although I’m still not pleased with your judgement on Q8)!
Thank you for all of your donations. Have a great Christmas!
For fear of being accused of doing a Richard Reed impression, I cant believe my Epic Poem didn’t get a mention . I will accept that you were probably still suffering the after effects of the experience. I would like to say thank you for your continued support and have a great time tonight and over the festive break and well done Howards legs
Kev it was an excellent poem. Lots of effort obviously went into creating this so thanks.
Infact, here is the poem for you all to recall…
MY THEME THIS YEAR IS THE MOVIES PART 2 – BECAUSE YOU ARE ALL STARS TO ME
BUT WILL IT BE FILM OR ,TV THAT YOU WOULD BE IN, SIT BACK AND LET US SEE
FOR ME OF COURSE IT’S THE DASHING JAMES BOND IN THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH, AND FOR OUR BELOVED LEADER AIDAN AN OLD TV SHOW –H R PUFFENSTUFF.
DAVID PLUMLEY WITH ALL HIS PROPS HAS TO BE INSPECTOR GADGET, AND DEAR OLD BRIAN AS THE RIDDLER TODAY accompanied by that fiendish MAGGET.
NOW TO KIM OUR CHARITY QUEEN –ITS CARRY ON FOLLOW THAT CAMEL FOR YOU AND GRAHAM IN SMALL SOLDIERS (but why) BECAUSE THEY ONLY DO SMALL MOVES TOO.
LETS HOPE KEVIN,NICK AND ALAN DIDN’T COLLABORATE, ON THE HOUSE IN THE MONEY PIT, WHILE MARCUS IS CARRYING ON AT YOUR CONVENIENCE UP TO HIS ARMPITS IN SH….
AND FOR MY MATE TERRY ,SOMETHING AGGRESSIVE I THINK ,HOW ABOUT KICK ASS 2, AND PETER HOOD THE CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER ROLE, STARRING IN WATERLOO.
STUART AS JIM CARREY’s THE CABLE GUY Get,DOWN ON YOUR KNEES IF YOU DARE, BECAUSE FOR TINY TINA IT’S THE MARTINI ADD – ANYTIME,ANYPLACE ANYWHERE.
ALEX PINK IN THE PRODUCERS –HE COULD BE JUST LIKE MICHAEL WINNER, AND PAUL KNOWS THE RIGHT QUESTIONS TO ASK IN GUESS WHOS (NOT) COMING TO DINNER.
MIKE (JOLLY) ROGERS COULD HAVE BEEN THE CLOCKWORK ORANGE BUT I SETTLED FOR THE LONE ( A) RANGER,
AND GARY WASKETT WILL BE USING ALL HIS SKILLS TO SAVE YOU FROM THE LIQUIDATOR.
HOWARD BULLOCK IN CHICKEN RUN ,BECAUSE THAT’S THE LAST TIME THOSE LEGS WERE SEEN OUT, AND ADVENTUROUS SCOTT STILL IN THE BRUCE WILLIS ROLE ,IN THE LAST BOY SCOUT.
ALAN DEAN RICHARD,JANICE,MARCELLE , MICHAEL,,& VIVIENNE IN THE INTERESTS OF TIME I HAVE CAST YOU ALL AS MY MAGNIFICENT 7. IT ISNT TRUE ,I COULDN’T FIND A FILM FOR YOU – BUT BE GRATEFUL WE DON’T HAVE A SOPHIE
BECAUSE THEN YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN THE 7 DWARVES AND ONE OF YOU WOULD
HAVE BEEN DOPEY.
NEAL –THERE,S ANOTHER FAMOUS CARPENTER, BUT I GUESS YOU PROBABLY KNOW THAT IM TALKING ABOUT OLD GUISEPPI WHO MADE PINOCHIO
THIS POEM WOULD BEEN VERY SHORT IF I PUT US ALL IN ONE SHOW INSTEAD, AT THIS TIME OF THE MORNING WE COULD HAVE ALL STARRED –IN THE WALKING DEAD.
SO WITH THAT MY TRIBUTE TO YOU FINALLY ENDS – JUST TIME TO WISH A MERRY CHRISTMAS- TO YOU MY EBF FRIENDS
Excellent attendance, let’s keep it going. I liked our Bard’s ditty, unfortunately the Maggot was a bit poorly this year so stayed at home.
Well done Alex for winning the Oscar. I’ll see some of you this evening. Happy Christmas.
Another year comes to a close, another great meeting and the group gets stronger each time. Well done to all who put that little bit extra in every week – thank you.
Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.
Definitely the best meeting Id been to for 3 weeks!! Well done Brian for the extravaganza although if you had of got all the answers correct, I’d have won !
Have a good Christmas break