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23 finally turned up for the first meeting after Lockdown 2. It was little consolation that “Lockdown” is the most popular “New Word” in our language.
Scott Griffiths asked what we would do with one hour set aside simply for EBF matters. An EBF “Power Hour”. He suggested three areas we could all work on.
- Referrals – review the previous meeting, 60 secs and 10 mins and check what others are looking for. Also chase up referrals that you have already considered.
- Inviting Visitors – is there anyone to follow up. Look at the vacancies in the member’s section and see if anyone fits the bill.
- 1-2-1s- who have you not linked up with yet or recently, make the appointment.
If we all did this once a month we would all be better members!!!
The 60 Second Round
John Hammond was awarding the Oscar this week. What with Lockdown 2 and Scott’s Ed Slot ringing in our ears, if there was a theme it was a call to support each other.
Paul Dulieu emphasised the value of EBF in shutdown so far as support was concerned.
Nick Cooke pondered the implications of a house in Chelsea that had recently collapsed. Even expensive houses do, and what did he put this down to….lack of support.
Simon Essex was conscious of the need to support and be supported.
Tina Walker’s whole job of course is about support.
Alan Moller AKA Sofaman was not on a sofa this week but seemed to get enough support from his van’s seats to make it look as if he was sitting on a sofa.
And so to other contributions which were not necessarily demonstrating supportiveness.
Matt Barry has taken on a work experience intern.
The Mayor of Gant’s Gants Hill emphasised that even with Speed Print, speed was not everything and he even organised a telephone enquiry to emphasise the importance of availability even at 8.am in the morning.
Colin O’Connor can always be relied upon for an epithet or two. This week “the Good, the Bad and the Absolutely Rubbish”
The Oscar went to the most confusing/unconfusing presentation. Toby Acton quite rightly asserted that you don’t know what you don’t know and therefore are totally unaware of the unknown. Absolutely free he will unravel this mystery for business owners through a success analysis questionnaire. If you are still confused have a word with Toby. I think he should have won the Oscar but I really don’t know.
10-minute presentation by John Hammond
John Hammond produced a thoroughly professional presentation complete with voice over that everyone agreed was not Blake. We were transported between Nurse Call Systems, Design for Fire Alarm Systems, IP Camera Systems and even Access Control Systems. If he had told us that his mother’s name was Pearl and his father’s name was Dean we would have believed him. How could we have expected such quality when by way of intro he asked us what the cheese said when it looked in the mirror…Halloumi.
If John were to tell me now that by pressing a button a Gate would open I would definitely believe him.
Referrals and Testimonials
There seemed to be quite a few referrals flying around which is always good to see.