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A castle, clouds, sun and numerous conversations

July 3, 2014
“In the beginning there was nothing and God said “let there be light”; and there was still nothing, but everyone could see it” David Thomas b 2/7/ 1932   founder of Wendy’s restaurants
A tenuous link but so true of networking – when you go to an event you may not see the opportunities but through the conversations that you have opportunities will be generated – having the right “optitude”*
What can I say other than thank you to all those that made the Exeter Business Network event on 2nd July at Bovey Castle such a success!  A big thank you to Jonathon Bosley who captured the event on film (well digitally!)
The sun really did shine on everyone as they built the all important business (and personal) relationships that are so vital for success.
Thank you to Ian Dunstan and Jim Taylor from Cobalt Communications for a tremendous start to the event with their great seminar on the cloud – free of jargon and tech speak on how you and your business can be more efficient, effective and professional using the resources available – from Voip to Link to connectivity.
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Jim and Ian sharing their knowledge and expertise Photo courtesy of Jonathon Bosley

Jim Taylor and Ian Dunstan - Cobalt Computers during their seminar

Jim Taylor and Ian Dunstan – Cobalt Computers during their seminar Photo courtesy of Jonathon Bosley

They spoke of examples of businesses that they are working with and how they have enabled them to have workers across the country – ultimate flexibility. What is amazing is how far technology has come and this is ably demonstrated by looking at what we use today – PC’s, laptops, tablets, smart phones (all of which can be connected using Cobalt’s expertise!) to what experts were saying……
“The world market for computers is maybe 5” Tom Watson – IBM founder 1943
“Computers in the future will weigh no more than 1.5tons” Popular Mechanics Journal 1949
And Bill Gates in 1981 said “640K ought to be enough for anybody”
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How incorrect were those predictions…….. Photo courtesy of Jonathon Bosley

During the networking over drinks which took place inside and outside there were numerous conversations taking place
Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. James M. Barrie

Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
James M. Barrie Photo courtesy of Jonathon Bosley

Sunshine is a welcome thing. It brings a lot of brightness. Jimmie Davis

Sunshine is a welcome thing. It brings a lot of brightness.
Jimmie Davis Photo courtesy of Jonathon Bosley

THE networking lunch where people enjoyed a 2 course served lunch at their hosted tables was where more conversations took place after each person had done their 3 minute presentation to the others around the table….
THE networking lunch Photo courtesy of Jonathon Bosley

THE networking lunch
Photo courtesy of Jonathon Bosley

THE networking lunch P2 Photo courtesy of Jonathon Bosley

THE networking lunch P2
Photo courtesy of Jonathon Bosley

Also a BIG thank you to Mark Leveridge for being the “knight in shining armour” and stepping in at very short notice  and delivering a super 10 minutes on what networking can do for you and your business – and the positive impact that it has had for Mark.  And a brilliant piece of magic!
Mark Leveridge during his 10 minute speaker slot

Mark Leveridge during his 10 minute speaker slot Photo courtesy of Jonathon Bosley

I would also like to than Phil from St Loye’s for his kind words and lovely gift – pride of place on my desk – I still have paper in the office!  Anyway that any business can support the great work that charities do should be actively sought – a real win win for all.
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The St Loye’s Foundation paperweight – “Independence at Work” – thanks to St Loye’s more people are! Photo – Sean’s Blackberry – a Blackberry and paper – the dark ages!

The Guest list……

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Exeter Business Network Charities 2014 – Your chance to support them – if you are not skydiving!  Or running.  Or dragon boating…
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
The Business Network SW LinkedIn group with over 1260 members – feel free to engage, discuss and participate.
“If you can count your money, you’re not a billionaire” John Paul Getty

And to sum up what has been said on Twitter

nigelwnwJul 02, 8:40pm via Echofon

Fantastic #BNSW lunch at @BoveyCastle today, great event @seanhumby
Follow up meetings from today’s conversations are already in the diary

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seanhumby: “@FranksInskip: @seanhumby Good to meet you today Sean and thanks for the great #networking event@BoveyCastle #Devon”#BNSW7:01pm, Jul 02 from Twitter for BlackBerry

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nigelwnw: Fantastic #BNSW lunch at @BoveyCastle today, great event @seanhumby Follow up meetings from today’s conversations are already in the diary8:40pm, Jul 02 from Echofo
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vmcconvilleJul 02, 7:08pm via Twitter for Android

@seanhumby @BoveyCastle lovey round. Course was lovely. Shame about my score.

 

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seanhumby: “@vmcconville: Some great networking at@BoveyCastle with #BNSW Thanks @seanhumbyhttp://t.co/j05OwbqxsG”trust the round was good!6:53pm, Jul 02 from Twitter for BlackBerry

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vmcconville: @seanhumby @BoveyCastle lovey round. Course was lovely. Shame about my score.7:08pm, Jul 02 from Twitter for Android

seanhumbyJul 02, 7:01pm via Twitter for BlackBerry

“@FranksInskip: @seanhumby Good to meet you today Sean and thanks for the great #networking event @BoveyCastle#Devon”#BNSW

seanhumbyJul 02, 6:54pm via Twitter for BlackBerry

“@thebestofExeter: @seanhumby @BoveyCastle lovely lunch today! The hotel looked amazing in the sun. #BNSW”

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seanhumbyJul 02, 6:53pm via Twitter for BlackBerry

“@vmcconville: Some great networking at @BoveyCastle with#BNSW Thanks @seanhumby pic.twitter.com/j05OwbqxsG”trust the round was good!

vmcconvilleJul 02, 6:48pm via Twitter for Android

Some great networking at @BoveyCastle with #BNSW Thanks @seanhumby pic.twitter.com/UZF1LAqVpg

1 retweets

thebestofExeterJul 02, 6:40pm via Hootsuite

@seanhumby @BoveyCastle lovely lunch today! The hotel looked amazing in the sun. #BNSW

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seanhumby: Thank you to everyone who came to #BNSWevent @BoveyCastle with cracking conversations and a lovely lunch! http://t.co/e7TV6tuucc3:36pm, Jul 02 from Twitter for BlackBerry

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thebestofExeter: @seanhumby @boveycastle lovely lunch today! The hotel looked amazing in the sun. #BNSW6:40pm, Jul 02 from Hootsuit
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BridwellDevonJul 02, 6:10pm via Twitter for iPhone

Superb day @BoveyCastle @seanhumby. Fab response to our#venue #launch! Three event leads gained & many connections made. #networkingworks!

3 retweets

BLUSHinDEVONJul 02, 6:05pm via Twitter for iPhone

@CasinoMandy @seanhumby @BoveyCastle @CarleyBWPHH
Here here! Great to see everyone and spread the word about @BridwellDevon
#newdevonvenue

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CasinoMandy: Amazing network lunch @seanhumby@BoveyCastle great catching up with @BLUSHinDEVON@CarleyBWPHH on a super sunny day #BNSW #dartmoor5:28pm, Jul 02 from Twitter for iPhone

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BLUSHinDEVON: @CasinoMandy @seanhumby@BoveyCastle @CarleyBWPHH Here here! Great to see everyone and spread the word about @BridwellDevon#newdevonvenue6:05pm, Jul 02 from Twitter for iPhon
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FranksInskipJul 02, 5:35pm via Twitter for Android

@seanhumby Good to meet you today Sean and thanks for the great #networking event @BoveyCastle #Devon

CasinoMandyJul 02, 5:28pm via Twitter for iPhone

Amazing network lunch @seanhumby @BoveyCastle great catching up with @BLUSHinDEVON @CarleyBWPHH on a super sunny day #BNSW #dartmoor

2 retweets

ChildFriendlyMJul 02, 5:11pm via Twitter for iPhone

@seanhumby Fantastic today @BoveyCastle great food & great 2 meet Carley @PassageHouse @IanDunstan @qsocialmediaFleur @glenkingpr & all

3 retweets

RundlewalkerJul 02, 3:49pm via Twitter Web Client

Thanks @seanhumby for a great #networking lunch @BoveyCastle (great location) and @glenkingpr & @alex_wrenas table hosts! #BNSW #exeter

4 retweets

BelindaNewtonHRJul 02, 11:00am via Hootsuite

Business Network SW Lunch today with @seanhumby .Looking forward to my first visit to sample the luxury and beauty of @BoveyCastle #BNSW

5 retweets

ChildFriendlyMJul 01, 9:21pm via Twitter Web Client

@seanhumby Looking forward to meeting everyone at @BoveyCastle tomorrow for the latest #Networkinglunch.

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BridwellDevonJun 27, 9:52pm via Twitter for iPhone

We’ve joined #businessnetwork #southwest #bnsw @seanhumby
look forward to sharing our vision & building connections nxt week @BoveyCastle

Added 21st August – published in Express and Echo

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*Optitude – the attitude to look for, generate and devlop opportunities through the conversations that you have.
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One Comment
  1. Some feed back that I have received following the event
    From Andrew Armstrong WESC Foundation “I just wanted to thank you (Glen King) for doing such a brilliant job as table host yesterday and for coming up with more great fundraising event ideas for us. I hope to be able to tell Jon about them later today, I’m sure he will be impressed”

    And from Glen King
    “Hi Sean

    I just wanted to say that was the best venue for BNSW that I have been to since I started coming in the mid 90s.

    Great location, fabulous food, gorgeous Marlborough Estate NZ wine (my favourite) and the staff were lovely, friendly and helpful.

    I don’t eat chocolate so they served me a fabulous plate of fresh fruit which looked like a piece of art!

    We will do some social media on this tomorrow and tag in the hotel….

    Well done and please pass on my feedback to the relevant people.”

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