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It was dull, it was wet, it was cold but were we down hearted…..no!
28 Members were there, a very good turnout. Tina had brought a pink pig/ armadillo cross that made a slightly flatulent sound to time out those of us who had the temerity to overrun our 60 seconds
With the visitors morning looming Ben produced five useful suggestions to help get visitors along, based on our day to day interactions
First, asked them what they do, then ask them are they busy and so on. Combine all five and you will turn into the most boring guest at the dinner party but the individual points were made.
The 60 Second Round
Sarah Steel was adjudicating the Oscar this week and system failures notwithstanding she finally managed to produce her 60 seconds when she told us of a podcast she prepared that addressed issues facing the “sandwich generation”. Yes, those of us who have the joint responsibility simultaneously for children and aged parents to look after. Unlike the wide mouth frog, there are a lot of us about.
Nick Cooke gave us an introduction to engineering by explaining the term “Stress and Strain”. Stress is the force or pressure; strain is the movement it creates He then produced a long piece of elastic and stretched it by way of illustration. I think I made the right career choice.
Brian Painter regaled us with a gluttonous overweight subject. Hypnosis revealed, at the age of one, he sat on his grandmas lap and was too small to get to the food on the table. This created an ongoing urge to seek out and consume food whenever he could. Our Pilgrim revealed this to him with the consequent loss of weight.
George Francis addressed us from Estonia; Sarah Bell from her conservatory; Marc Robinson from his studio and Alan Moller from the flat that he is decorating. Everything around him appeared to be white, was it a job lot!
Nathan Howson, initially from a car, finished up in his recently completed spray room for customised furniture.
Vincent Goode by contrast gave us a heart-warming story about a steel magnate (not magnet) who started at the bottom, trading nuts and bolts and worked his way up steadily to a multimillion-pound inheritance.
No 60 second round it complete without the Acton Deep Dive, Toby produced two this week
If Tina thought her pink cross breed porker was going to be lonely, Ben Golding produced his own pink piggy. A Utilitarian marriage made in heaven.
As for the Oscar Sarah awarded it to Marc Robinson for a clear explanation of his group sessions.
Meeting Secretaries Report
Scott Griffiths used this part of the meeting to urge us forward in pursuing our visitors by making sure they logged onto our website and confirmed their attendance. It is a useful basis for following up our invitations as will be the email with zoom details that can be passed on to our invitees.
Questions & Answers Session
In the absence of a 10-minute presentation, this popular format proved itself once again with a host of questions that finally had to be cut short.
Referrals & Testimonials
As usual we finished off with this round that once again demonstrated we are doing good business.