More thin threads that grew stronger – a developing networking story

Monday was a typical Monday.

A few calls on Skype and a bit of progress on the JV on my land, still in its infancy but looking good.


Meeting with Erica at Il Rosso to give her some help with LinkedIn.

Erica’s a member of the Tuesday Club where I met her again, recently. Erica runs a VA service (Virtual Assistant service). She works with and supplies her services to both, Hewitt Card a well known local firm of accountants and a charity in Sheffield as a PA. Hewitt Card recently sponsored a Business Boost event in Mansfield, in which I was asked to speak. Also speaking were Graham Parker, Nicky Pattinson and Christine Tooze. So we are all intertwined and connected as a group of businesses.

Throughout the meeting with Erica, I realized she has many talents that she is not really exposing to the public and her potential clients. After about 4 hours we planned a way to expand her business and I look forward to helping her contact the people she needs to thrive.

Delighted to have spent the time with Erica.

So on to Wednesday.

In a similar groove, I met Carol Frankland through Anna Girstun at a networking event at Rushcliffe. Anna is another thin thread that grew stronger over the years. Anna runs an Aloe Vera business alongside her marketing business and I’ve tweaked the twitter marketing for her a little. The first time Carol and I met and I thought we could become great friends, so I have sought her out on several occasions to see her. I was reminded a few weeks ago it was time to ring her again when my business partners step son Sam Ruddock was pictured with Colin Jackson at the Queen’s Garden Party. I knew that Carol had been a producer for Colin Jackson in the recent past. Image


Early start, off to the Charing Cross Hotel left home at 6.30 a.m., speaking on “How to Use LinkedIn” at 11.30 am. Invited to speak by Blue Ocean Consultancy who had found me through searches and then read my LinkedIn profile. Stayed for the presentation dinner and met a load more great people.


Off to The Brunts Academy for a budget meeting, for the coming year. Picked up a good contact for one of the governor’s at yesterdays event.

Then to see Mum p.m. and take her weekly shopping.


A truly great friend is getting married, so it is back down the M1 to near Harrow, and to Enfield Golf Club to celebrate his marriage.


Catch up online, make some great new connections.

Helping a Loughborough graduate – survey about health

Hello Simon, 

Thank you for your reply. There are 4 links, each is exactly the same, apart from the page which provides some brief health information, this information is different for each group. I ask that participants select the link which corresponds to the first letter of their last name. 

Let me know if you would like any further information, or if you have any problems. 


Thanks so much again, I appreciate all help to disseminate this. 


England Football Manager

Today was almost written like a Roy of the Rovers story.
An Italian, Fabio Capello running the England Football team resigns because of a guy John Terry that does not have the decency to consider a fellow team mate’s female as off-limits.
Another excellent English (Harry Rednapp) bloke has around £8M of tax payers money wastefully spent trying to prosecute him, is acquitted on the same day.


Update 9 Feb 2012

Even Manchester United ‘s Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand want Harry

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League Title chase

Both will miss these points tonight.
Bale surprisingly disappointing in front of goal, and a dive apparently, I was brewing coffee. Luca Modric loose with passes near the end. Scott Parker had a great holding midfielder play. Harry missing, cancelled plane flight.
Liverpool look lively and Gerrard getting back to his best. Suarez looked effective but a poor header.
Time 76.53 to see why Skrtel got booked. Stud came through shin guard !