Somewhat of a rude awakening for your stand in chairman this morning as I was thrust into the breach with no warning, but, be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them! I’ll leave it to you to decide…
Anyhow. As is my right as chairman I made the agenda up as I went along, shortly after announcing Kevin Radford as winner of last month’s performance league I glossed over the Ed Slot in favour of rolling straight in to the 60 second round…Its certainly NOT because I forgot all about it…
Good thing I did. With so many interesting 60 seconds to behold it was well worth jumping straight in. Terry Maylin warned us of the perils of accepting your insurance companies car hire option as I know from bitter personal experience. Marcelle Saad told us all about the birth Stone for July, the Ruby, which as my wife’s birthday and my anniversary is in July you’d have thought I’d have known.. I’m gonna pay for that! Then Holly, of Photography By Anna-Marie gave an (almost) Oscar winning performance of an original poem which I thought was marvellous, alas Terry who was awarding this week’s Oscar favoured the musings of Toby…and who am I to disagree…but I do.
Simon Essex told us how after a couple of weeks in the dramatic arts, he’s back on centre stage trying to fill sales vacancies in Liverpool Street whilst Nick Cooke is advising homeowners on neighbours trees. Which is just as well because I know of a bush which is climbing over next doors fence, and needs some attention. Maybe our visitor Colin, the garden maintenance man is the man for the job.
Kevin Radcliffe recycled one of his old poems with no points for originality but lots for humour, and Ashleigh Bermange told how Headstart had been commissioned to produce 300 personalised, monogrammed bathrobes for a wedding… I never get invited to those sorts of weddings! (Or any for that matter).
Howard Bullock was all about working in the best interest of the client. Is your IFA? Are you sure?
After the 60 second round, Howard was clearly chomping at the bit to deliver his Ed Slot so we eventually we let him off the leash and what a good job we did too. He told us about the power of underselling, of not pushing too hard and of how sometimes clients are more comfortable saying “No” to things that they don’t want, thereby subconsciously agreeing to what you’re proposing. Sometimes less is more.
After the slightly rearranged agenda (as is Chairman’s prerogative) we were back on track and into the next major section of the meeting, the 10-minute presentation which this week was hosted by Michael Parkinson (Toby Acton) and Vincent Goode. An interview format which was very revealing, Vincent told us loads about himself and his business as Toby probed deep beneath the surface asking the hard questions. I bet Graham Norton’s shitting himself.
We finished with the usual referral and testimonial round sharing 18 referrals and recording over £20,000 of business.
I hope you enjoyed this blog and if you didn’t feel free to volunteer to write it next week.
Have a great weekend and see you next Thursday.