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Despite a bit of confusion amongst several members, who initially went to the wrong meeting room, and the absence of our Chairman because of IT issues, there was a good turnout of 23 people. This included two visitors: David Tellis, an IT Consultant, and Ben Griffiths, CEO of Ogre Bogies and our youngest visitor by quite some margin. Scott Griffiths gallantly stepped into Aidan Squires’ shoes to chair the meeting and it quickly became apparent that ‘The Handsome Face of Virtual Chat’ was going to be rather involved in this week’s meeting!
The Performance League
Scott Griffiths shared his screen and the latest performance league standings. Scott himself leads the league table this week with an impressive 215 points. However, with two weeks of July to go and several members close on his heels, the race is far from run. Scott reminded everyone that the Performance League dictates the order of members on the EBF website, so submitting virtual referral and activity slips and having 1-2-1s have a real benefit beyond creating opportunities amongst members.
It was Scott Griffiths’ turn to provide the Education Slot this week and the theme of his talk was “How to vet a client”. This included several questions you can ask yourself to determine whether a potential client is a good fit for you including: “does the client assume what I do is easy?” and “does the client trust my expertise, or will they want to tell me how to do my job?”. “Listen to what your gut says!” was the parting piece of advice (although maybe after you’ve had more than a cup of coffee and a banana for breakfast, or you might get a confusing answer).
The 60 Second Round
Quite remarkably, it wasn’t Scott Griffiths’ job to adjudicate this week’s 60 second round and award the Oscar. Unusually, the task was the responsibility of a visitor – none other than young entrepreneur (and son of Scott!), Ben Griffiths. Ben Griffiths, the 10 year old CEO of Ogre Bogies. He won last week’s Oscar in absentia, something many of us can only dream of!
Despite the gloomy sky and economic outlook, it seems that a lot of members are nicely busy.
John Freeman started proceedings and hopes to finish an “urgent” cloakroom toilet refurbishment this week. The project was put on hold in Mach when the UK went into lockdown, but he has managed to squeeze it into his busy pipeline of work and it is once again ‘all cisterns go’!
Dean Caldon is finding that technology in the form of Virtual Viewings is proving hugely popular and Stuart Smallcombe made it clear that anyone who says “I can’t put your call through as my colleague is working from home” needs to speak to him as they clearly need VOIP!
Kieron Peaty who, as we will find out later in the meeting, does much more than drawing, is receiving a lot of enquiries and Vincent Goode, the group’s printer, gave us a timely reminder that…well…he does actually print stuff! Meanwhile, Nick Cooke received nice feedback from a potential client this week on his ‘clear and pleasant approach to quoting for work’. Fingers crossed that get’s him the job.
Paul Booth is keen to find more personal tax clients, including people with buy to let properties, and Tina Walker has been providing administrative support to Paul Dulieu who is busy writing blogs and advising clients how to communicate clearly and effectively.
Richard Read, who has had a few quiet months, is starting to get enquiries again – although he is quick to remind anyone thinking of booking a holiday to make sure their travel insurance covers them during these unusual times.
New member Sarah Steel was next. She launched a new webinar last week which helps parents financially prepare their children for university. Howard Bullock, on the other hand, has been busy helping guide a couple towards the other end of life’s journey on how best to manage a sizeable inheritance.
Colin O’Conner proved that size doesn’t matter when it comes to companies misunderstanding Health & Safety rules and Scott Griffiths also has no size bias as he is keen to work with more start-up businesses and small projects.
Ben Golding asked what people would do if he was to give them £1,000. Unfortunately, it was a purely hypothetical question and, much to John Hammond’s disappointment, no one said “install a fire alarm system”, an area of business John is keen to expand.
It would seem that Scott’s education slot was not needed by Terry Maylin and Simon Essex who have respectively; spent the week trying not to be appointed by a troublesome client and, not wanting clients who change their minds at the 11th hour. Simon clearly has a skill for growing vegetables though, so perhaps he should have a chat with Toby Acton who is looking to help people turn innovative ideas into businesses. One person who doesn’t need Toby’s advice is our visitor Ben Griffiths. At 10 years old, Ben has set up Ogre Bogies which manufactures and sells a fun (or slightly revolting, depending on your humour) pencil, which is rapidly becoming an EBF member “must have” accessory!
As Ben was the proud winner of last week’s 60 Second Oscar, it was his pleasure to award this week’s Oscar to Nick Cooke. He felt that Nick did, indeed, have a “clear and pleasant approach” to explaining things. The fact he also looks like Father Christmas (Ben’s words) may also have swayed things a little.
10-minute presentation by Kieron Peaty
We were provided with a top-notch presentation today by Kieron Peaty, the group’s Architect. Along with clarifying that “yes, I do drawings” (apparently a frequently asked question), Kieron explained his process when working with a client. It is much more than “drawing up plans” – it involves understanding a client’s needs and wants, managing the process and, effectively, turning dreams into reality. His enthusiasm and passion for helping people create spaces which enhance their lives, but also match their needs, was evidently clear. Well done Kieron.
Referrals and Testimonials Round
The meeting concluded with a fabulous referral round with a lot of work taking place amongst the members and plenty of referrals and 1-2-1s
It was a thoroughly enjoyable and positive meeting. Keep up the good work everyone!