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David Plumley was back after his holiday break and it was very very cold, -4.5c when I scraped my windscreen at 5.30.am. EBF are however of sterner stuff and there were 21 members present and one visitor.
The Performance League
Rather surprisingly showed me in the lead. I am afraid it won’t last but this could be my big chance.
Although David Plumley was back in harness, it was Scott Griffiths who was destined to give the Ed Slot. His subject was the anatomy of our individual entries on the EBF website. He urged us to revisit our entries and he then gave us a check list; a useful and informative reminder. I hope you have all gone away and checked.
- Check your contact information
- Check your company logo
- Have you got a “Mark Of Excellence”? If not, then go and apply for one from the link on our homepage.
- Check your location on your map
- Check that the contact form works – send yourself a test message
- Check your social media links
- Send some descriptive information to explain whatever your business does
- Choose and send up to 12 photos for your photo gallery
- Supply up to 10 of your best testimonials
The 60 Second Round
Consistent with her obligations to judge the Oscar award, Tina Walker was first up and appealed for businessmen who were “snowed under” to give her an opportunity to assist them and help their life balance. Her use of the term “snowed” under might well be prophetic.
Although the School of Whimsey has been disbanded, Nick Cooke began his 60 seconds with a quotation from Jabberwocky. His theme was clarity with what you always get with one of his structural survey reports.
Terry Maylin held himself out as an expert on the Range Rover Sports warranty, he has 4 cases at the moment and picked up another one after the meeting. Amazing!
Richard Reed was all about flexibility. The offers he produces might be date specific as offers but, be it hotel, flight or any other aspect of the holiday, he can arrange it for the dates specific to you.
Next came the 60 seconds that would colour the meeting. Toby Acton wanted to get into bed with various members, figuratively or metaphorically as this might have been intended, he persisted with the term “get into bed” and then listed who would be most suitable.
Next up was John Freeman who has a project refurbishing a one bedroom flat. There you are Tony, you could even meet John at the flat; there is at least a bed!
The Mayor of Gants Hill was very much message, he started by tucking his shirt into his trousers. This seemed to give him the idea that he was a fashion icon. His self-description was “middle aged git at Bond Street”. However stylish his shirt, he did well to then move on and pitch for design books that showed people showing off clothes. All pictures that I could see had one characteristic, they all looked a lot better than our Vincent. He test for all presenters this week was whether they were suitable to get into bed with Tony Acton. Vincent might be relieved to learn that he did not pass this test.
In Jill Willis’s absence, the School of Logical Positivism made, at best, a stuttering start. Saj Sreedharan was talking Valentine’s Day and roses, not only red. His was a fairly punchy performance as was Mason Edwards who is looking for car showrooms to clean so that the shine he puts on the floor can be compared with the shine on the cars for sale. Scott was equally to the point, email addresses should be looked at and made professional. Keep your eyes open for contacts who do not have such an email address and refer them to Scott.
Brian Painter is always interesting as to the sort of problems that he is dealing with. This year it was a 15-year-old with colitis. Its effect was that he went to the toilet a lot. It is assumed that these were number “2s” but not clear. The poor lad was losing strength and not being helped with medication he was receiving, Our Pilgrim set him straight and it now looks as if it is likely he will be suffering from constipation going forward.
And who won the Oscar; Richard Reed for his flexible approach.
10-minute presentation by John Hammond
A proper use of slides was at the heart of John Hammond’s presentation about his business. It was appropriately
Illustrative and any shortage of questions at the end of his presentation was a tribute as to how good he is in setting out what he did, where he did it and what he looked like. Well done John