You know the sort of thing I’m talking about. An unhealthy breakfast or lunch where you have to stand up and talk for 60 seconds about why you, or your company, are the best thing since sliced bread and why the world would be a much better place if everyone sent business your way.
To me it’s always seemed a bit contrived and quite frankly scores high on my ‘cheesiness’ scale. Sometimes it was downright embarrassing.
Instead I’ve always preferred to concentrate on getting to know - really well - the people who use my services and are likely to refer me to others by recommendation – usually by word of mouth.
I am delighted to report that today I met, for the first time a new and small group of similarly-minded folks. We had our first get together over a very pleasant, quiet lunch in a local hostelry in beautiful Warwickshire.
We are five, err, … lets say …. mature folks who met informally to see if there is anything we can usefully discuss about our very different worlds of business. We had no agenda other than to ‘suck it and see.’
After a couple of hours it was felt there had been enough learning for us to all agree it was worth having another get together, so we will.
This is an interesting journey that may lead us somewhere – it may not. Sounds a bit like life.
David, who organised the meeting has set a nice hare running methinks. Kim, Chris, Andrew and I all contributed and the consensus was – ‘This was ok – it may help us.’
One of our number reported there was already some useful practical learning for him from this, our first meeting.
Thank you guys … I said I would report this on my Blog with your permission. It’s a pleasure to know you all. I think we just might make this thing work. Who knows?
I love unstructured meetings with an agenda agreed on the day – it depends on what is on our mind at the time as far as I'm concerned.
This of course is an approach used often by the very best management consultants and explained by the well known and credible management theory: MIUAYGA
Make It Up As You Go Along
I am always up for MIUAYGA.