It was windy and wet but at least it was daylight when we all gathered for our weekly meeting. Our numbers were a bit down on last week, 20 Members with some excellent excuses for nonattendance
The Performance League
Last months winner, Toby Acton, was awarded with his certificate to present on his office wall. The current leader for March is Kevin Radford. As he was not present at our meeting today there is plenty of time to catch him up.
The Mayor of Gants Hill, Vincent Goode, produced an excellent piece talking about competitive quotations and how you should submit successful quotations and then build upon the products that you then sell to your clients. He produced white boards with illustrations on. He had a little problem balancing these whilst he kept hold of his script. His suggestions included initial quotations that suggest upgrade and making it clear that these were add-ons. He then suggested that after the quotation had been accepted there was a further opportunity for upgrading and selling further add-ons. Even different lines of products. A lot of Members expressed during the meeting that they had found it very useful. Congratulations Vincent. (A blog on this top to follow).
The 60 Second Round
The Business Card Box is looking much fuller these days, several Members have responded to the suggestion that they checked and made sure they had sufficient cards in the box. As the box spread round the group the 60 second round began.
In Ashley Bermange absence he was awarding the Oscar and accordingly was first up. He boasted a customer who was a periodontist. Whatever he does, it certainly is in your mouth.
Saj Sreedharan mentioned this weekend’s Brentwood half marathon. I don’t know whether he is arranging flowers to be strewn before the runners but he also mentioned Mother Day at the end of the month.
Terry Maylin is looking for Letting Agents or landlords with several residential properties so that he can assist with the repossession process.
It looks as if we are forming a group that I will name “The Smoked Salmon Set. Simon “smoked salmon” Essex set it up last week and he was joined this week by Toby Acton.
Nick Cooke (St Nicholas to his friends) took us through the sort of things his structural inspection could cover and be useful.
Richard Reed having provided a recent email regarding the potential travel effect of Brexit said he would continue updating us. His email last week was very useful in relation to the position regarding driving licenses abroad.
Brian Painter had a sad tale for us of a mentally challenged young lady who after one session, told him in the second session that things had improved and she had moved from smoking 7 cigarettes a day to 15. I should be careful if several further sessions makes her chain smoker.
Allan Moller, as he frequently does, told us about his week. From one of the many jobs an inspection revealed the main earth being a lot higher than it should be. In these circumstances Allan you should always check to see whether you are on a mountain or not,
Matt Barry seems to have a lot of jargon surrounding his business that the casual uninformed observer could clearly misinterpret. It starts with “branding”. You might be forgiven for thinking that he only worked for cattle farmers. We had the wonderful “visually interpretated” which clearly defined some sort of process. He also talks of a “better user journey”. Everybody seems to be on a journey at the moment.
Howard Bullock stood up and produced what seems a rather similar performance to last week but this time it was relating to ISAs rather than pensions. He is writing a book apparently. It’s nice to see that persistence pays off and the Mayor Gants Hill accordingly awarded him the Oscar. Another success for the Naughty Corner.
The Tuesday Meeting of the Business to Business Synergy Team.
It was well attended, it was much appreciated by the 8 people who did attend but there were complaints about the coffee at the Venue. The sacrifices we all make for Networking!
10-minute presentation by Scott Griffiths
Scott Griffiths was all set with his technology to produce a slide show second to none. Unfortunately, technology failed him and he gave the presentation without the slide show. His effectiveness and success in delivering his 10 Minutes does tend to argue against the unnecessary use of technology unless it is to bring something to the presentation. Congratulations Scott on a great presentation. Surely nobody can now claim not to know exactly what you are looking for both as to clients and as to work requirements.