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“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional for the job then wait until you have hired an amateur”

August 8, 2013

“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional for the job then wait until you have hired an amateur” – a quote from Red Adair and how true in today’s world!

Quoted at yesterday’s Exeter Business Network lunch at Sandy Park (Red Adair died 7/8/2004) so a bit more serendipity!

The event had a room full of professionals immersing themselves in numerous conversations and developing the relationships that are so vital to business success – professionals developing the connections and collaborations with fellow professionals.

Rather than blowing my own trumpet (perhaps that’ll be later in the post!) I would like to share some of the comments that I have received.  I should say that the following are comments that have been made on Twitter/LinkedIn so I guess they are in the public domain!

What it does demonstrate is that professional enjoy not only  the company of fellow professionals but a professional approach to networking – having the time to listen and ask the questions that make the difference


Enough from me….

On LinkedIn

Hi Sean,

Great to meet you today at BNSW, and thanks to you and everyone else for making me feel so welcome as a guest. Looking forward to coming back to BNSW soon (and, inevitably, joining – I took a booking and payment for 6x my lunch fee before I left the building today!) Best wishes,

Jo Greene – House of Clour – Exeter

JuliaBrambleAug 07, 6:32pm via HootSuite

@HannahLeger1 Thanks Hannah – loved chatting with you and looking forward to making things happen!! Thanks @seanhumby #BNSW

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HannahLeger1HannahLeger1: @JuliaBramble great to meet you today Julia looking forward to exploring projects further #BNSW5:34pm, Aug 07 from Twitter for iPhone

JuliaBramble: @hannahleger1 Thanks Hannah – loved chatting with you and looking forward to making things happen!! Thanks@SeanHumby #BNSW6:32pm, Aug 07 from HootSuite

HannahLeger1Aug 07, 5:32pm via Twitter for iPhoneThanks @seanhumby for a great networking day with #BNSW excellent seminar by Guy @greatorpoor really looking forward to the next one!

seanhumbyAug 07, 5:00pm via Twitter for BlackBerry“@OlyHarrison: @seanhumby Thanks for a great networking lunch today.”You’re welcome! #BNSW

OlyHarrisonAug 07, 4:47pm via TweetDeck@seanhumby Thanks for a great networking lunch today.

Joyce_MarterAug 07, 4:45pm via Web@seanhumby Thank you Sean! Glad you enjoyed that piece!

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hocexeterAug 07, 4:28pm via HootSuiteGreat meeting today at #BNSW, including a fab seminar with Guy Arnold @greatorpoor, thanks @seanhumby for hosting.


SpaceBristolAug 07, 4:13pm via Twitter for iPhoneLooking forward to nxt wks event “@seanhumby: An august guest list in August in Bristol – #networking #bristol

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FFCAdoptionAug 07, 3:53pm via HootSuite@seanhumby Another valuable networking event in Exeter. What a great table I was on. One very interesting conversation!


nigelwnwAug 07, 3:25pm via HootSuiteAnother great #BNSW lunch, thanks to @seanhumby Great table of interesting people as always & one new meeting arranged already


OptixSolutions9:59am via TweetDeckBoth @ckxm and @OlyHarrison will be attending#Exeter #BNSW with @seanhumby today. Will you?

JuliaBramble9:26am via HootSuite@nigelwnw @seanhumby Look forward to it Nigel – been a while 🙂

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nigelwnw9:25am via HootSuiteRT @JuliaBramble: Looking forward to seeing @seanhumby & lots of other fab peeps at #BNSW#Exeter today. > heading up soon, see you there

JuliaBramble9:23am via HootSuite@LAHornbogen @seanhumby Thank you!! How’s you day looking?

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JuliaBramble: Looking forward to seeing@SeanHumby & lots of other fab peeps at#BNSW #Exeter today. Who’s going?9:21am, Aug 07 from HootSuite

LAHornbogenLAHornbogen: @JuliaBramble@seanhumby Have a great time!9:22am, Aug 07 from Web

JuliaBramble: @lahornbogen@seanhumby Thank you!! How’s you day looking?9:23am, Aug 07 from HootSuite

JuliaBramble9:21am via HootSuiteLooking forward to seeing @seanhumby & lots of other fab peeps at #BNSW #Exeter today. Who’s going?

seanhumby1:09pm via Twitter for BlackBerry“@hocexeter: Preparing for my 1st ever #BNSWmeeting tomorrow, hosted by @seanhumby. Exciting!” Looking forward to meeting you + many others

hocexeter11:50am via HootSuitePreparing for my first ever BNSW meeting tomorrow, hosted by @seanhumby. Exciting!


That’s what others are saying here’s my bit

“Friendship makes prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it” Cicero (may have been born on 7/8/103BC)

Congratulations to Nigel Wilkinson – WNW Design – nominated by WESC Foundationfor the Charity Supporter of the month award. “Nigel has supported the children and young people at WESC Foundation for over 8 years. Through sponsorship, donations (financial and items for our social enterprise), showing his support at our events, promoting our work via his social media networks, entering golf days, attending dinners and having students from WESC attend WNW Design for valuable work experience, Nigel’s support is invaluable to us. We are so pleased that we get to thank him in this special way. Thank you Nigel, you have helped us transform the lives of the children and young people with sight loss and complex needs at WESC Foundation and you are a wonderful inspirational man”

Fabulous pre lunch seminar  – Sales Thorough Service – Guy Arnold Great or Poor – loads of great resources here

Among those attending



Thank you to Spencer Hodgetts for a thought provoking 10 minutes – more on Spencers’ opportunities here and

Exeter Business Network Charities 2013 – Your chance to support them

The Devon Air Ambulance Trust is the charity which raises the funds to keep 2 emergency Air Ambulances flying. This is no small feat as each and every year we have to raise in the region of £4.5 million to keep both of the helicopters airborne.  Click here to donate

Families for Children place children for adoption from throughout the UK, who have experienced loss and upheaval. We find for them stable, loving families in Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
We are special because we have a ‘forever’ policy of support and this means that we offer support to the child and new family for as long as they need us. Click here to donate

WESC Foundation’s aim is the education and care of young people with visual impairment and/or complex needs and their transition into school, college and beyond.  By providing a specialist centre for education, training and expertise, WESC Foundation create a better life for people with visual impairment. Click here to donate

The vision of St Loye’s Foundation is that each individual should have the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential, irrespective of natural abilities or setbacks experienced in life.
Mission – St Loye’s mission is to be the preferred choice of people with physical, mental health, sensory and other disabilities, or with long-term health conditions, to improve their quality of life and degree of independence.  Click here to donate

Loads more offers and opportunities here!


Well that’s my trumpet well and truly blown!


Here’s to the next event – a special one in a year of special ones (20th Anniversary event May 8th!) 


Have a fab day

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