Pre-meeting exchanges included the Mayor of Gants Hill dressing in front of the camera and in doing so sporting a fine pair of tartan boxer shorts and Matt Barry showing off his recently acquired cockerpoo. Last week our attendance was 28 today only one short at 27 with visitor Katie Vye who is working with Sarah Steel and might be a future sub.
The Performance League
Paul Dulieu is still out front on 354 points, followed closely by Matt Barry and Terry Maylin.
This was also a Paul Dulieu section of the meeting where he presented with visuals the Mark Twain dictum that if you have to eat a frog you should do it first! This Kermit metaphor was a warning that if we have a difficult matter, deal with it first and get on with it!! This is something we can all relate to. My problem is that frequently I have the veritable biblical plague of frogs to deal with but the message was clear and well presented.
New Member Induction & Existing Member Renewal
Terry Maylin reported the good news that David Plumley has renewed his membership.
The 60 Second Round
Guess who was awarding the Oscar this week? Yes, you got it, Paul Dulieu
No particular theme this week but a selection of contributions included Howard Bullock with 3 nervous clients sticking their toes rather gingerly into the market. He wants more of those.
Nathan Howson is currently involved in turning a fire station into a classroom. You can do that with Lego you know.
Kieron Peaty had received a great enquiry about a child care nursery.
Stuart Smallcombe boasts his ability to demumbojumboise our communications, which is comforting.
Utility Warehouse is planting trees to reflect their member’s numbers, so Ben Golding’s mission going forward will be to save the planet. Can’t fault that.
Vincent Goode suitably dressed was talking erections, namely scaffolding and signs advertising either the scaffolder or the builder. If you know one of either, send them along.
Scott Griffiths felt he had not adequately explained his subject matter from last week and therefore did it again this week without visuals. I dare anyone to say they no longer understand.
If you like Road Movies, John Hammond could be seen driving around the M25. Unlike Chris Rea’s “Road to Hell”, he seemed to be moving.
Allan Moller knows a lady called Maggie who is in her 60’s and whose house in Great Wakering he has completely rewired. She misses him so much, she sold up and bought a 2 bedroom bungalow which means ..you guessed it, rewiring.
Paul Dulieu was tempted to award the Oscar to Matt Barry but his shameless use of a cute dog as a prop cut no ice with him and instead he awarded it to Sarah Bell whose successful workshops have arisen from her being locked down with Covid.
10-minute Open Questions and Answers session
In Simon Essex’s absence we had a very effective Q & A. The highlight was Vincent getting Brian Painter to confirm that he always new if his clients were “Faking it”.
Referrals and Testimoials
A sharp round acknowledged good business done. The highlight was Brian Painter again, this time telling us of a Zoom quiz night on 1st December 2020 at 7pm. Be there!!
It’s always a pleasure seeing everyone on a Thursday morning, although I’m grateful to have missed Vince’s underpants! I’m glad people enjoyed my Ed slot and well done Sarah bell on your Oscar. Well deserved and testament to your positivity, enthusiasm and adaptability during the tough times of 2020. Get well soon Simon! Have a good week everyone!
Tartan is the new black. My underpants have always been loud, but I guess you didn’t need to know that. Have a great week all
Great meeting excellent turnout and well done Sarah Bell in achieving what you wanted to this year!
Good Ed slot regarding frog!! Sound advice
Another fantastic meeting. I was honoured to win the Oscar … it’s amazing what lockdown can bring out of you in order to keep your small business going.
The Q&A was interesting and a good way to find out more about the members of this group.