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For the first time in weeks it was a wet morning and it was nice to be tucked up in a virtual meeting. By 7.30am 25 people were logged in which included Paul Horti a visitor for the second meeting running.
Simon Essex provided a thoughtful presentation about being inclusive with your staff; arrange for the same Zoom meetings that you might have with customers also for your staff. Make everyone part of the meeting have a plan …… and also a plan B. Set goals. The purpose is to make staff feel valued. A good presentation.
The 60 Second Round
Sarah Bell was last week’s Oscar Winner and kicked us off. Fortunately, unlike the premiership, she was not performing to an empty stadium.
Richard Reed has now got all of his customer’s money back. His suppliers are apparently advertising for next year. Richard has perhaps suffered as much as anyone in the group from the virus short of catching it. Let’s see if we can get some referrals to him for next year’s holidays.
Stuart Smallcombe boasted the availability of full fibreoptic internet connection wherever or whoever you are. It’s just that the price will vary depending upon how obscure your location is.
Toby Acton’s 60 seconds was a game-changer for the meeting. He owned up to being a hamster trainer, at all times trying to get business owners off the treadmill and working effectively. Simon Essex confessed to feeling like a hamster over the last couple of weeks but yesterday a client approached him looking for a candidate. Simon has unfurloughed himself but still had the time to show us his veggie plot, From Furlough to Furrow! Hamster like Dean Caldon has been coping with his business “going crazy”. John Freeman might not be on a treadmill but he is having to run fast to keep up and Blake Hammond confirmed that they were having to run rather than walk in order to keep up with the influx of business.
Interesting and/or curious commissions included Nick Cooke who is due to inspect a building that suffers from heavy lorries shaking its very fabric. Paul Dulieu complaining of clients who take their advertising an acronym too far; an abbreviation too incomprehensible. Vincent Goode warned of a worldwide shortage of acrylic fibre and Mason Edwards has been restoring confidence in businesses with his “full clean” so much so that he has been described by several as heroic. We all knew that, didn’t we?
Matt Barry illustrated by way of sneak preview the outcome of his collaboration with Brentwood Council as the town tries to open up after the lockdown. We were all impressed including Sarah Bell who accordingly awarded him the Oscar.
Meeting Secretary’s Report
If the 60 Second Round was positively uplifting (and it was) the recorded business was a match. £52,000 of business recorded last month is expected to be bettered this month.
Synergy Team Meeting
The business to consumer group met on Monday and as usual, produced a lively interaction between attending Members.
10-minute presentation by Brian Painter
As always entertaining if sometimes unusual. It is worth recording that Brian Painter took early retirement from his Public Relations Role with British Gas on 31st December 1991. After retraining he has since 1993 been putting people into trances. He even has as long time client who travels to see him from Ipswich on a regular basis just to experience the relaxation of being put into a trance.
Referrals, Testimonials and more…
Plenty of business passed and acknowledged
Vincent Goode announced another social next week. This weeks was a discussion of your 5 favourite films ; turn up next week for something similar but different.
So ended as good as meeting as we have had in a virtual sense.