It all started out so well. Colin O’Connor appeared for the first time as a fully-fledged member and no sooner had congratulations fallen from our lips than we embarked on further congratulations to the Mayor of Gants Hill for embracing the “new middle age”. He was not sure how he liked his future birthdays to fall behind a “6”.Try a queue at Tesco’s and you will soon learn that “6” is nothing !!!
The Performance League
Howard Bullock comfortably won May’s contest – well done Howard.
He won in a month that had 59 referrals passed and £52,810.00’s worth of business recorded. A really good effort by all members in these times of shut down.
Ben Golding took charge today and warned us of the use of “ums” and “errs”. As an expression signifying the prelude to a search for the right word, it is acceptable; but as a sign of not being quite sure what you are going to say next, it is to be discouraged. The message is, prepare your presentations carefully to avoid slipping into an um and an err fest.
The 60 Second Round
Just when we thought everything was going swimmingly one or two of us found our screens froze and we could not all hear each other. To say that this made no difference would be to belittle the quality of the meeting and its participants. If you are missed out by me in describing the 60-second contributions this might well be because what you had to say was boring but alternatively, it could be that I just did not hear your contribution.
I definitely heard Nick Cooke who was awarding the Oscar this week. Business has taken off in the last week or so and there have been plenty of steel beams to be designed but the highlight of his week appears to have been serious movement discovered by him in a house in Billericay.
Stuart Smallcombe was talking FTTP (Fibre to the premises). Given the way my internet connection appears to be working, I could do with a little FTTP.
Dean Caldon is also busy; properties are flying out as quickly as they are flying in.
Colin O’Connor has noted the Health and Safety wheel is starting to turn. For breaches leading to serious injury, a company has recently been fined £1.1m.
Paul Booth is looking for NatWest customers who don’t currently have bookkeeping software, he can sort you out.
Terry Maylin is looking out for landlords who need to know when the moratorium on serving possession proceedings ends.
I believe Vincent Goode showed lots of screenshots, which is impressive for a man of his age, but which I did not see and therefore cannot comment on further. By this time I was frozen out. Apparently John Freeman rescued a dropped mobile phone from behind the radiator which so impressed Nick Cooke he awarded him the Oscar.
10-minute presentation by Toby Acton
Toby Acton is someone I wish I had come across earlier in my career. He defines wealth as not only money but time and relationship. “ask not what you can do for your business but your business can do for you”. It might be a straight forward approach and like all good messages, seems blindingly obvious but of course, it is not. It was when he started talking about client avatars that mind started drifting. Are they blue creatures with long tails. I did not dare ask.