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An excellent 30 minutes of banter before the start set us up for the meeting proper. The Mayor of Gant’s Hill was the main cause of the hilarity. Technology was about 40 love up when he donned the headphones and transformed himself into DJ Goode sweeping all before. Howard Bullock started off brightly enough but the darkness descended until all you could see was the twinkle in his eye. Perhaps he was practising for when the clocks go back. So 20 of us started out but we were to lose four of our number as the meeting went forward to urgent subsequent appointments
DJ Goode was at the turntables with a piece that was in praise of Dale Carnegie and his utterances. These all amounted to an urging for us all to be genuine and show interest in the other person rather than yourself. This is how you will win friends and influence people. I think at this stage I should introduce a glossary of terminology to help you through the rest of this Blog. In fact, if you look below you will see why Vince likes to deliver bad news in a sh.t sandwich
A sh.t sandwich ……..delivering bad news between two pieces of good news (relatively) in order to soften the blow. This hardly ever works
Big butts.…people who answer any question with “yes…but”
BOOBS……acronym for Boring Ordinary Old Bills
PDQ……Pretty damn quick, as if you didn’t know.
The 60 Second Round
Everybody was buzzing from the stirring Ed Slot and Sarah Steel’s task of awarding the Oscar at first sight appeared difficult Headphones were a natural accessory after the Mayor’s performance. Indeed when he delivered his offering it was not only with headphones but with a wig but he still left us with the message that although good printing is careful printing he can be PDQ when he needs to be.
Dean Caldon donned the headphones but they were off after 15 seconds as he started to contemplate the end of the Stamp Duty holiday.
Toby Acton’s least favourite client has a big butt. See, you did need the glossary.
Doyen of the headphones and latter-day Fluff Freeman (no relation to John) was Stuart Smallcombe who managed to locate the countdown music for Pick of the Pops(only some of us remembered) and counted down his products with number 1 being “Trusted VOIP”. As inventive as it was spontaneous, whatever followed did not measure up and he was quite rightly awarded the Oscar. If you wonder why VOIP does not appear in the glossary, shame on you, you have heard it enough times before.
Alan Moller had turned himself from sofa man to van man. A remarkable transformation!
Ben Golding loves boobs, all shapes and sizes. Feel free to consult your glossary so that you can fully appreciate just how tedious his 60 seconds was.
However good you all were you cannot all be included but it was a memorable 60 second round.
Synergy Team Meeting
Richard Reed’s Business to Consumer group went back to virtual this week. Nonetheless it was a very successful meeting; now that we have gone back to virtual there is no need to limit numbers to 6. Remember this next month.
10-minute presentation by Paul Booth
Paul Booth, the seasoned performer that he is, gave us all a lesson in what we should all be trying to do with our 10 minutes presentations. We are trying to point members to exactly the referrals that we want. No sh.t sandwiches here. He gave it to us straight between the eyes; four ways to put the willies up an audience is to split your presentation into four parts but talk about the taxman in each one!! Only Matt Barry was brave enough to ask a question.
An upbeat round of referrals ended out best zoom meeting yet.