Avoiding Premature EvaluationNov 07
Our litigator Paul Marmor of Sherrards solicitors kicks off the 60 seconds with details of debt recovery seminars in February in St Albans while 4 days into his new job, Gavin Morton-Holmes is following his destiny as a pen salesman which also happens to be the name of his new employer Destiny plc. His 10 minutes shows the incredible amount of computing power available in what is basically a smart chubby fountain pen. Writing on special paper allows the pen to pick up pen strokes and get the signature or writing back to the office in 30 seconds using the mobile handset as a relay. Images can be taken too and this should be a boon for companies with people out in the field as it will enable invoices for example, to be sent out more quickly.
Hiten of Revolution Creative brings two brochures and needs someone who can do copywriting in Welsh. Karelia of Manse & Garret is the first of 3 people looking for intros to private banks and seems to have good standing with Hollywood producers wishing to find nice accomodation for stars when filming in London. In a nice touch, she mentions that negotiating on the rent can sometimes cover their fee. Fiona of Only Connect Solutions is following up lunch with 40 private banks at the Reform Club – the banks know what to do where charity is concerned but CR seems new territory for them.
James of HSBC informs us with a grin that he still has a job. This is probably safer than some of his professional colleagues in other banks as currently, his employer is the largest bank in the world in terms of market capitalisation. Mike Nightingale of Green Park Insurance Services explains the 3 stage process used in arranging insurance for his HNW clients: inventory, check existing insurance and then talking to underwriters. Ideal referral would be, you’ve guessed it….private banks!
These interesting times encourage yours truly at in2 Consulting to have friendly fireside chats with clients while keeping a beady eye on our portfolios. One of these is giving cause for concern so we are taking modest profits and moving out of there and into cash. People having with-profits investments have cause to worry.
Mike Chan of Shadow Finance has no trackers as many of these mortgage products have been pulled after the Old Lady’s (Bank of England if you have not done “O” level economics) panic interest rate reduction yesterday. Des Sutton of Man Bites Dog is a new member filling the IT slot while Mab of Olive Communications shows his creativity in solving a communication problem where his client’s offices were in the basement and out of reach of signals from the ether.
Lewis of Joseph Sterling Jewellers is back from his Big Apple marathon with a time of 4h 30m 20s and has a gong to prove it. We all learn what a blossom necklace looks like at first hand – this one, made from platinum with 5 and half carats of diamonds – to you??? £12,500.
Master coach George Metcalfe has become a brand after taking guidance from copywriter Caroline Hampstead picking up a referral out of the blue and giving us the headine above – listen carefully, as people are not always actually saying what you think they are saying. Red Talidi of serviced-office company Abbey Business Centres subs for Lousie Hassett of Delfont Mackintosh where the Prince of Wales theatre now has a wedding licence.
Maurice Press of Disability Resource Team does his 60 seconds in rhyme giving Alexis of The Happiness Centre a tough act to follow which she manages very well asking for good massage therapists as referrals.
Mike Jennings of Avenue UK the intelligent procurement people is working with property developer Berkeley Homes who are looking at ways of saving money, pointing out that his remuneration is taken over the life of the contract rather than upfront as a lump-sum. Quote of the meeting has to be from Alexis who noticed a catching slogan on the side of a glazier’s van, Your pane is our pleasure!