June 30 @ Clerkenwell BNI

June 30 @ Clerkenwell BNI

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We began today’s meeting with Michelle Fanus (Event Manager, Dynamyk Events) once again sitting in for our Chapter Director Alison Trickey (Florist, Pollen Nation), who is poorly (get well soon Alison!). Michelle did an excellent job holding together the herd of cats that is Clerkenwell BNI, our thanks.

Howard Graham, stepping up to give the Network Eduction talk, detailed: “10 Tactics To Stand Out From The Crowd“. It’s worth it to visit this link to really settle these tactics in your memories.

A lively round of 60 second presentations set the tone for the remainder of the meeting, with our visitors and subs (Serge, Nicola, Robert and Simon) keeping up quite admirably, when it came to their turn. Particular mention should be made of Mandy Hetherton’s 60, today’s winner of the John Magee Cup (neé “the Silver Tongue”). Her very specific requests for Chief Execs of charities (Eddie Stride of City Gateway, Jan Tallis of School-Home Support and Rob Owen of St. Giles Trust) will help her fellow members refer her more easily to exactly whom she’s looking for. Much better than Charles’ vague request for “portrait clients” (you want more out of BNI? Be more specific Charles!).

Andrew Greenfield makes a strenuous point during his 60 Seconds

Andrew Greenfield makes a strenuous point during his 60 Seconds

Michael Strelitz entertains during his 60 ("Did you know...")

Michael Strelitz entertains during his 60 ("Did you know...")

Our 10 minute presentation today was given by Chandra Sharma of Tangent Office Resources (office supplies). Chandra began with a nod to the legacy of Mr. Wonderful, John Magee, and then proceeded to demonstrate why Tangent should be the supplier of choice for just about any profession (and especially for serviced offices). His presentation was supplemented by three take away items: the latest Tangent newsletter, a pamphlet detailing Tangent’s strengths, referral requests & testimonials, and a “goody-bag” full of useful stationery items. Good job Chandra, it’s great to have you back (and not merely for the chocolate biccies that Tangent sends on with their deliveries!).

Just one of the areas that Tangent offers superior products and services

Just one of the areas that Tangent offers superior products and services

Chandra dispenses Tangental wisdom

Chandra dispenses Tangental wisdom

Wisdom received

Wisdom received

Referrals today were very strong, we’re averaging in excess of two good referrals/member/meeting. Now all we need to do is to add to our strengths by becoming Visitor Inviting (and conversion) machines!

David gives out what would normally be a very respectable 5 referrals, if he'd not just followed Howard Graham's 11

David gives out what would normally be a very respectable 5 referrals, if he'd not just followed Howard Graham's 11

Andrew Pegg smiles as he gives his referrals

Andrew Pegg smiles as he gives his referrals

Speaking (writing!) of visitors, please take note, everyone, of our next Visitor’s Day, July 14. This time we’re focussing on the Weddings and Events sectors, so please think of whom you could invite to support this sector of our Chapter (suggestions: wedding planner, venue manager, makeup artist, hair dresser, lighting company, DJ, Limo rental company, video production company).

Until next time!

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