Miserable weather outside, cheerful people inside. Good numbers gave both the pre meeting networking and the meeting itself a buzz.
Delivered by Howard Bullock who reminded us all of the value of the Synergy Team meetings and the benefits that he has received from them which was acknowledged by everyone who is a regular Synergy Team Meeting attendee.
The 60 Second Round
It was like London buses, second and third up were Jo Jones and Jo Eastwood; fifth and sixth up were Alan Moller and Alan Shaw. Maybe our recruitment drive should be to find first names that match with existing members.
Jo Jones passed round 4 pounds of sugar by way of a demonstration of the weight most of us would have put on over Christmas. We were all checking the contours of our body’s to find out where the bags of sugar had settled.
Jo Eastwood was bemoaning dry January but a sparkling beverage glorying under the name of Bees Knees. This sparkly something or other was none alcoholic. Not too many people rushed to relieve her of them.
Alan Moller suggested an investment in smoke alarms will avoid the arrival of fire engines.
The other Alan (Shaw) was once again at his whimsical best. He had visited a client who owns a farm in Latchingdon; “you turn up, you have a chat and you go”. I wasn’t clear as to whether this meeting had proved fruitful, businesswise, but then I don’t think anybody else were sure either.
Stuart Smallcombe was proof that its an ill wind that blows nobody any good. One of his clients had had another fire which had destroyed the data box and cabling. Although the fire was localised it was good business for him.
Kevin Radford was decidedly un-Bard like unless you consider that he was describing a tragedy. He apparently hates January and to prove it he gave us a very short rendition of the opening bars of “Old Shep”. Fortunately he was followed by Richard Reed who was suggesting 3 nights in Venice and 4 nights at Lake Garda from about £1100 per person. This was very reasonable and made you think of far away places and wonderful weather, unless you want to go to Venice’s Masquerade Ball in February which will cost you double the price of the holiday, but apparently its good!.
Mike Rogers was even cheerful. Apparently it was the cream eggs that reminded him of Easter and therefore enabled him to ignore January which is normally a hibernation month for him.
It was Ellen Beckenham’s birthday and she fessed up to her age. It got a round of applause. I will make no mention of her age in this Blog and it is not a quiz to the comments of this Blog as to what her age is (providing she was telling the truth).
Brian Painter was gentle with us. He was advancing his abilities to get you to give up smoking and was musing as to the extent to which smoking is habit or craving. Either way, our Pilgrim can sort you out or anyone that you refer. No mention whatsoever of the gory side of lung cancer.
A lively 60 second round. The Oscar was awarded by Ellen Beckenham to Matt Barry who produced the Blue Sheriff. This small figurine had managed to raise £500.00, well done to Matt and his small mascot.
10-minute presentation by Mike Rogers
Mike (Jolly) Rogers gave a highly interesting his party trick by trying to deliver his presentation whilst drinking a glass of orange juice. He was not as good as the bloke who did the double act with Orville. However, he advanced his abilities accurately and positively and urged us to get people to use him rather than “spotty little herberts” who try to sell mortgages through estate agents.
He did however deliver a very clear message as to what he can do and how he can do it so we can feel more than confident in recommending him….and he was cheerful.
We are anticipating at least 2 of last week’s visitors turning up ready to join, and a few new visitors promised to attend too. Let us all look forward to next week.