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It was a very cold morning. Saj Sreedharan, who was due to take up his post as Educational Development Office this week, was in fact away in Lapland. I wonder whether it was colder there. A reasonably good turnout of 20 Members.
Brian Painter delivered a convoluted and complicated metaphor by way of Ed Slot. A tribe of blind men came across an elephant and each tried to discover the nature of said elephant by grabbing various parts of its body. It is fair to say that the elephant was very compliant. Various members of the tribe respectively grabbed the trunk, ear, leg, side, tail and tusk. It is fair to say that they all came up with a different understanding of what they had before them. It was certainly a difficult task and their misunderstandings were understandable. My own experience of trying to describe elephants was that they are difficult to describe…but you know one when you see one!!!!
This of course is a luxury that blind men cannot enjoy.
The moral apparently was largely applied to scholars who hold on to views in the face of other evidence and have closed minds; it has to be hoped that hone of us EBF’s could be accused of this….
The 60 Second Round
Simon Essex was doing the awarding this week and he had dressed up the Oscar. Simon, I think Vince wants his previous dressing items back please.
The “C” word was creeping in and will no doubt continue to be apparent in our 60 second rounds to come. Simon acknowledged that in his business things became quiet at Christmas time.
Marcelle was on the contrary relying on Christmas to induce people to purchase various rings, items of jewellery and diamonds, both affordable and non affordable. One or two of the others were also casting an eye towards Christmas in relation to their future availability. Like Marcelle however Tina Walker revels in the run up to Christmas because of the services that she offers.
Rant of the week must go to Richard Reed. His plea to Members is that any one going on holiday, however they are arranging it could at least run it past him and get a quotation. We all might like to bear that in mind. He was run a close second by Scott Griffiths who offers free audits but doesn’t want clients sent to him who are then going to expect everything else to be done for free. The offerings of Richard and Scott were both symptomatic of a general malaise that was noted by Simon Essex when he came to make the award. A lot of people were telling us what they did not want. In fact it can be described as GNIKROWTEN. In other words reverse networking.
Dean Caldon displayed his recently prepared advertising materials which included an acknowledgement of Vince’s role in producing them. Vincent Goode himself was into PVC Banners. They are durable, they are weather proof and some have even got hemmed pockets. For under a 100.00 quid including vat you can get a huge one.
John Freeman is currently suffering from a bout of vertigo. Three storeys up and he starts to feel his age.
Over recent weeks I have given awards for Rants. I have decided to call the “ranters” existentialists. They seem to be questioning the meaning of life or business under certain circumstances. Watch for next week.
Allan Moller was back after his extended holiday down under.…..that is the New Zealand part of down under. He is now almost fully booked up to Christmas. More negative networking.
The Oscar, in all its glory this week was awarded to Matt Barry who handled his award rather carefully I thought. His was an explanation of a new Charity that he has been involved with and he showed us the design of its presentation which he is working in conjunction with Scott Griffiths, all of which has come about as a referrral from Terry Maylin.
This weeks statistics and points of note
20 Members present
£4,500.00 worth of business written
Matt Barry won the Oscar
- Our Christmas meeting will be on the 19th December 2019. Don’t forget your secret Santa Present.
10-minute presentation by Howard Bullock
Kieran Peaty swopped with Howard Bullock and he produced at relatively short notice, a very professional overview of his business using a “Son et Lumiere” type presentation. One of Howards warnings was that lots of his clients wanted to go into Wickford (and shouldn’t have done) As I get older I get deafer, I am sure he said that people wanted to into Wickford, which itself is questionable because they do not have very good shopping facilities.
An entertaining and easy going meeting. Maybe we can increase the numbers for next week.